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According to Wikipedia, 20 crores people around the world speak in Bangla! Wikipedia also informs that, there were almost 155 million (counting) mobile internet users all over the world in 2009! But the matter of sorrow is, except few exceptions, there is no any way (by default) to see Bangla font in well-known mobile devices!
So It was impossible to browse the Bengali language based website via mobile phone if it does not support Bangla by default. Opera Mini came first with a solution. They added a feature in their 4th version. It is called by Bitmap Fonts Support. This feature let the user see many regional fonts (including Bengali) based website! Later, Bolt Browser also added another feature to install various fonts. It’s not as like as Opera Mini’s. But it also let us browse Bengali font based websites. But, Bolt Browser is closed now!
UC Browser, one of the world’s most popular browsers. According to Wikipedia, UCWeb has built a network of independent servers in Asia, North America, and Europe, serving over 400 million users in more than 150 countries and regions around the world. UC Browser is now available in 7 languages including English, Russian, Indonesian, and Vietnamese. As of September 2011, UC Browser has been downloaded over 1.5 billion times around the world, and user’s monthly page views have exceeded 160 billion. It recently gave way to the opening of its first overseas office in India in September 2011.
But it also doesn’t support Bengali font installation, even though, it is very popular in Bangladesh and India, where most of the Bengali people live in. As far as I know, request of adding Bitmap fonts feature was submitted most in UC request section. I wrote an article on How To See Bangla In Uc Browser For Symbian Device! I actually discovered a manual way to see Bengali. There is a manual way to install .ttf (True type font) in Nokia’s Symbian device. I just used this way to make my device Bengali supported. But Java-based phones do not have any ways like that.
A few minutes ago, UC Team has given an official statement on their official Facebook page about the update of UC Browser for Java. Many of its previous version’s bugs have been fixed and many new features have been added. The most important one is the Bitmap Fonts Support. They announced on their page-
Dear Java users,the latest UC Browser v9.1 for Java Make you browse like a smartphone! Get latest version here: http://bit.ly/12MPShN Share your friends what is new 1.eMule and FTP Downloading Support 2.Bengali Support 3.Bitmap Font 4.Bug Fixed
Although it has Using the unique “Bitmap Font” you can now enjoy reading pages in Arabic, Persian, Urdu, and Hindi, even if your phone doesn’t support these languages.
Bengali support, it doesn’t mean you can read Bengali web pages. It is just a Bengali version in fact and you can’t see Bengali web pages if your phone doesn’t support Bengali by default. It is still not an official version. It is still a test version. 6th June, they have announced it in their official forum. They posted,
What’s New: 1. Bitmap Font Using the unique “Bitmap Font” you can now enjoy reading pages in Arabic, Persian, Urdu, and Hindi, even if your phone doesn’t support these languages. 2. Greater Languages Support Bengali is now supported. 3. Various Bug Fixes. Eg. automatically reinitializing browse
Download link: http://debug.ucweb.com/java/
How To See Bitmap Fonts In Java Uc Browser
Download the UC Browser 9.1 from http://debug.ucweb.com/java/ Choose the universal version.jar, if your phone is a non-Samsung. If your phone is Samsung, then choose later section. If it shows ‘Certificate error: Contact the application supplier’ during installing, then choose the signed version.
After you have installed it in your phone, open it.
Go to- Menu/Settings/Advanced/Bitmap Font (Green marked zone in the following screenshot) and activate it.
Note: As they said earlier, Using the “Bitmap Font” you can now enjoy reading pages in Arabic, Persian, Urdu, and Hindi, even if your phone doesn’t support these languages. Bengali hasn’t been included yet.