Udupi-based mobile app development company Robosoft, is developing a localized version of Android operating system with support for regional languages, according to a report from DNA. The company is known for developing apps for brands such as IBNLive, Hindustan Times, Times of India, NDTV, and OneIndia along with a host of games and utilities.
According to the report, Robosoft will be revamping the entire Android operating system and each phone would be based on a specific language such as Hindi, Kannada, Tamil and others. The phone will feature a language optimized interface along with a rendering engine which suits the language. For instance, if you buy a Kannada mobile phone, the default phone language would be Kannada and you could expect the default virtual keyboard with Kannada characters across the operating system. The company also claimed that websites based on these languages would load two to three times faster on these mobiles phones, when compared to the regular Android phones currently available in the market.
While this version won’t be available publicly, the report cites that Robosoft is currently working with a leading mobile manufacturing firm to release handsets running on this localized Android versions with Hindi version arriving in a few months, followed by a Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Gujarati, Marathi and Malayalam Version, as noted by Androidadvices.
While the lack of native Indic support on the Android platform continues to be a major pain point for several Android users in India, We hope this initiative will finally address this issue. However, we feel that releasing a single phone with the option to select multiple Indian languages and input options would have been a better proposition, than this approch, which in a way fragments the OS further. The phones can come with a default system languge in line with the region, however, there should be an option to switch to another other Indic language.