We love you, we love your products and we love your projects. We also appreciate your efforts to open source technologies that you bought such as VP8 or WebRTC. But, the world’s largest democracy India is not able to use your most popular technologies and products.
Android, the world’s most popular mobile operating system doesn’t support Hindi, the world’s fourth most spoken language, and other Indian languages such as Tamil, Bangla and many more. It’s been more than three years since Android is available in the market yet Hindi users can’t see anything but boxes on their Android devices. A father cant’ send an email of SMS in Hindi on Android devices, a wife can’t send an SMS in Hindi to check if her husband is safe and on the way back to home.
Users of a country with more than a billion people are forced to either use a foreign language English or to use proprietary technologies such as Apple’s iPad and iPhone or Microsoft’s Windows Phones, if they want to communicate in their own language.
Ironically, Apple doesn’t have any corporate presence in India other than stores. Google on the other hand is a champion of open source and localization. Google even ran a writing contest in Hindi last year to encourage writing in Hindi.
So, we are quite aware of Google’s care and concern for Hindi speakers, some how Android seems to be a bit oblivious of the huge userbase. India is the second largest mobile market in the world’. According to reports by 2013, India will become the world’s largest mobile market.
I don’t think Google would want to see Apple and Microsoft dominate that market and Google’s Android stays at the bottom just because it can’t support the Indian languages with the other two platforms do out of the box. We, as supporters of Free Software, don’t want that to happen.
So, Google, we love your products and we ant free and open source Android to be the dominant mobile OS in critical markets like India so we request:
As an Independence Day present to India, will you please announce the support for Indian Languages on August 15, 2011 – the Independence Day of India?
There can never be a better present than this, Google.
Let’s do it!
Free Software and Android Lovers
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