Now, let us see what options we have on other mobiles and smartphones like BlackBerry and Nokia E71 E67 etc. The problem is that these phones do not come with a Telugu font pre-installed. Even otherwise, I do not think the browsers in these smartphones are smart enough to render Telugu text yet. When you visit a Telugu website, you see it as below:
A screen shot showing a Telugu web page in the default browser in Nokia E71, when Telugu text is appearing as boxes
A screen shot showing a Telugu web page in Opera Mini with the ‘Use bitmap fonts for complex scripts’ setting Yes
Here are the steps to set up Opera Mini for Indic and other complex scripts:
- Download Opera Mini in your smart phone, if you do not have it already.
- Open Opera Mini and go to
- Scroll to the end of the page to find Use bitmap fonts for complex scripts
- Select ‘Yes’ in the drop down for that setting.
- Hit ‘Save’
- Enjoy Telugu websites on your phone.
Other potential options:
- BOLT browser: As per this press release from Bitstream,
… the BOLT cloud computing browsing platform now also supports the following Indic languages -Hindi (Indiaâ€™s official language), Bengali ,Gurumukhi , Telugu , Tamil, Kannada, Gujarati , Malayalam and Oriya. But, it has not been made available to general public yet. When I contacted BOLT support, they said:
Indic version of BOLT is currently available for network carriers and mobile phone makers only. We request you to recommend BOLT to your favorite network carrier or mobile phone makers so that they can make BOLT Indic version available to their users.
- Firefox Mobile: Firefox Mobile is available for Android and Nokia N900 phones. I guess it supports Telugu. If anyone has tried, please share the experience.
- NewsHunt: There is an app called NewsHunt for mobile phones that delivers news items from popular Indian dailies. Users can access latest news in regional languages on their mobile phones. I think that application uses proprietary encoding and not Unicode. And, it is not for general purpose browsing.