is Nokia preparing for Indian Language Input?

in NDTV’s Cellguru show, I just watched that Nokia show some demo for Indian language input. Video is available here, Few screen-shot for Nokia is below:

Finally Nokia is doing something for Indian languages on high-end phone. Symbian 3 already updated to support Malayalam and Gurmukhi (Punjabi), (other Indian locales are already supported). Nokia took much time to support, but if they bring this year or early next year, then also they can be first to support Indian Languages on Mobile with input. (Apple iPhone 4 has Rendering, font support, but not Input). android still not ready to rendering any Indian locale.

But still Nokia has PLAN, and there is no news from Nokia itself (officially), so ‘who knows tomorrow’


Punjabi input on Nokia N900…

Punjabi Keyboard (virtual) layout is ready for Use with Nokia N900.
Please suggest if you have any comments about it.

Add Punjabi Layout to N900:

Download ukeyboard
install it on your device.

Download attached file [1], unzip it
and scp “pa-jhelum.vkb” file to N900 in following directory:


Enable Punjabi Layout:

Settings-> Text input -> 1st language –Change this to ਜੇਹਲਮ (ਪੰਜਾਬੀ)

Now you can start type Punjabi. Meanwhile I am trying to add
this layout to ukeyboard so that Punjabi support available
by default.

Note: you need to install fonts for Punjabi, please read

Enable Punjabi on N900

[1] Source file for that is also attached, if you want to change, you can
easily do that. Following ukeyboard instructions to edit and compile it.

Motorola is Back (India)….

Missing Motorola after A1600 release ( with Linux OS), but
now it is back with Motorola MileStone with following

Camera: 5 MP Dual LED Flash
3G WCDMA/900/2100, GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSPA, GPRS Class 12, WiFi
BATTERY TYPE – 1400 mAh Li Ion
WEIGHT – 165 g (heavy)
SIZE 60.00 x 115.80 x 13.70 mm
DISPLAY SIZE 3.7″; WVGA (480 x 854 pixels); 16:9 widescreen; PPI 267
Buy cost is ~32,000 INR, which seems too costly when we
compare with latest Sony Ericsson X10. X10 with
almost same price provide more feature, almost all
feature with 1Ghz, which make phone future-proof
(minimum for few months at least).
you can check compare at GSMarena
But it seems motorola is back (which I like more than
other phone brand, it is first brand to bring Linux phone
in India E6)

N900 with Punjabi support….

I got N900 for Testing Punjabi on it.
While need to install fonts, I was not
clear about rendering after installing
fonts. it is based on Maemo Linux, so
you can install/use application easily

After install openssl-client/server,
scp lohit-punjabi fonts from fedora
machine to N900 and ‘fc-cache’,
run ‘fennec’.

While after reboot, I can see the
Punjabi in mail and other places
(no interface translation available yet).
Most Important thing was Rendering,
which is just working and good enough
to use. fonts was installed on N810, but
there is Punjabi Rendering was broken

More Screenshot you can check here

from i18n Point of view, following task with status:

-Fonts- Working – Need to package
-Rendering – Working – Nothing to Done
-Input – Need to Work – Need to Package

Now Android:
No Indian Language is supported as such, but

got a chance to check Samsung Galaxy Spica

It has Hindi Interface, but Rendering broken.
Same as Apple iPhone.

Now it seems Nokia should work fast, but less
hard to provide Indian language as Rendering is
working and just installing fonts can
help to enable support.

Maemo 5 on Desktop

I was trying to get Maemo 5 device, but
finally I got easy method to install it on
desktop machine with help of instruction
over here.

I am working to find a way to include Punjabi (and other
Indic) language to device. Few steps I completed:
Locale-Extras – Updated all Indic locale files
Indic – Project to include all i18n stuff for Indic languages
Keyboard Layout – Virtual/On-Screen Keyboard (which has no Indic support yet)

still I am not able to add my language in it, but find few things
different from my desktop machine:
more time required to work on this, but I have next Internet
connection in coming weeks.
This system setup on Ubuntu AMD64. Often forgot to
put variable vdso32=0 for kernel at boot time.

Let me try BlackBerry once…

Finally Got BlackBerry Set (8520) after various
attempt Failed to fix Nokia 97. It is latest phone
with No 3G, but all other Features like
Music Player
and other BlackBerry Feature, for which it is known far.

it is only for Airtel in India, and I have Airtel sim,
so tried, Phone is working, but Email and Messenger
Is not working, because it is need to active with Service
Provider and Sat/Sun it is not possible.

I liked the Trackpad Navigation and Multimedia Feature,
also Security, (other phone has, but not enabled by
default, but it has).

Place Call without Unlock the Screen is another feature
I liked.

you can get your (user) information on left side of screen
very easily and looks good

Keypad is quite Good, but surely you can’t compare it with
Nokia N97.
Download application and without Email Setup, it seems
empty, Will update later how it behaves after getting it
activied with Aitel,

Only One Theme is provided (it is quite good), and Camera
without Flash are few more things, which I like to improve,
but this lowest cost handset, so what else can expect:)

Speed of handset (for opening and call support) is quite good
as compared to Buggy Nokia N97. Some timeN97 crash,
during call hanged (1 out of 9-10) (I have updated v12 Software,
but still problems). Nokia Service centre asked me
to Fresh install (or Flash content), but how can I do that, not
want to loose any data. I moved to BlackBerry and asked
myself ‘let me try blackberry once..’

N900 Will be Soon Av ailable…

N900 from Nokia available” News is everywhere.
it is following Hardware Configration:

  • 3.5 inch touch-sensitive widescreen display
  • 800 × 480 pixel resolution
  • Micro-USB connector, High-Speed USB 2.0


  • BL-5J 1320mAh


  • TI OMAP 3430: ARM Cortex-A8 600 MHz, PowerVR SGX with OpenGL ES 2.0 support


  • Up to 1GB of application memory (256 MB RAM, 768 MB virtual memory)
  • 32 GB internal storage


  • Full QWERTY tactile keyboard
  • Full QWERTY onscreen keyboard

GSM (Phone):

  • Quad-band GSM EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • WCDMA 900/1700/2100 MHz


  • Maemo browser powered by Mozilla
  • Adobe Flash Supported


  • 5 megapixel camera (2584 × 1938 pixels)


Complete Detail about Specification here

I was searching for processor, which is available here.
Speed is still not clear whether 600Mhz-1Ghz or not? as Nokia
only mention ~600Mhz, but Site showing upto 1Ghz.

Anyway Linux based Phone, hope to get Unicode based Indian
Language working, which is yet supported by iPhone (partly).