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To: PugetSoundSoldier

Question here. If Android is so good at multi-language, why can’t I switch seamlessly between English and German on mine? Specifically, I’d like to be able to easily switch between QWERTY and QWERTZ. It would really help if the auto-correct dictionary switched with the keyboard, because it’s supremely annoying when typing German.

Or at least make it fast to type umlauts and such.

Currently running Android 2.1, the newest thing released so far for the phone I bought only earlier this year.


26 posted on 09/10/2010 1:33:47 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: antiRepublicrat
I don’t get the love for the “open” nature of Android. There is a core Android OS that is open and available for download. It may be useful for Linux hackers and hobbyists. Beyond that, the implementations on most devices are proprietary — Android plus proprietary drivers, applications (even apps that are part of the standard expected Android experience), user interfaces, etc. Try to mod a firmware and post it, get threatened by the phone maker and Google to take it down.

The "love" is that - as an app developer - I can do a LOT more with the Android platform with my choice of language and my choice of functionality. I can examine the internals of the OS and make sure it behaves as I want, or even optimize for different revs of the kernel.

Apple demands I must use Objective C, and that I don't step on their toes in terms of functionality. I am not free to compete with them, and customers cannot see alternatives that may or may not be better (and the market cannot decide). And I do not know what happens to the kernel between versions, so I do not know what APIs were adversely affected.

Question here. If Android is so good at multi-language, why can’t I switch seamlessly between English and German on mine?

Don't know. Mine does Mandarin and English great, and I know that Froyo supports multi-language keyboards VERY well. And you can download a German keyboard quite easily. Just like you have to do on an iPhone.

28 posted on 09/10/2010 7:40:35 PM PDT by PugetSoundSoldier (Indignation over the Sting of Truth is the defense of the indefensible)
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