Three requests to Google India regarding Android

I am back from my first ever Bangalore Android meet-up. I should say I was impressed with the turn up on Friday evening. Here are the questions that I asked as a developer and user.

1. Support for Indic fonts and IME
I use Nexus one which doesn’t have Indic support (2.1 update 1). I am surprised see even Motorola Milestone and Samsung Galaxy don’t have Indic support :( How can somebody release smart phone in India without Indic support? I am not sure if hardware makers have enough resources to implement this, but Google has. So Google please implement this. I want Kannada on my Nexus One. Untill then my web experience is not complete. Please go vote for this feature.
[Google’s Rep] Noted. [/Google’s Rep]
[update] Spoke to few Samsung guys. They have devanagaari support coming soon. Other languages will be added very soon. [/update]

2. Access to Indian Developer to Sell Apps on Market
Very important if you want quality apps to come from India. If Paypal can work in India legally whats the problem with checkout?
[Google’s Rep] Noted. Working on it. Cant promise dates. [/Google’s Rep]

3. Froyo, So when are we getting Froyo?
[Google’s Rep] In a week or two [/Google’s Rep]

Not exactly the answers I wanted. But something is better than Nothing. Kudos to organizers and Google India reps for starting BlrDroid.

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5 Responses

  1. I see a lot of +ve signs the way google try to promote and market android. Personally I am deeply saddened by the way Nokia markets some of their best devices!

    Rants apart-it’s good to know Froyo is just a few days away. Would this update be applicable each & every android device in India or would some devices be left out?

  2. Thejesh GN says:

    AFAIK as of now only for Nexus One since Google is behind it. For the rest I guess it depends on hardware manufacturer.

  3. Isabel says:

    I see a lot of +ve signs the way google try to promote and market android. Personally I am deeply saddened by the way Nokia markets some of their best devices!

    Rants apart-it’s good to know Froyo is just a few days away. Would this update be applicable each & every android device in India or would some devices be left out?

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