Vikalpa on my Nokia 3110c

Chamath’s comment prompted me to upload a video of browsing Vikalpa on my Nokia 3110c. The video shows me using the 3110c’s built in web browser over a GPRS connection to view content in Sinhala and Tamil UNICODE. Nothing was installed on the phone by way of fonts or software on the phone in order for the text to render as accurately as it does. Vikalpa was made mobile friendly using MoFuse.

I’ll be interested to find what other phones support vernacular UNICODE rendering. When I tried this on other Nokia models (incl. the high end N-series) and other phones, bought from outside of Sri Lanka, the fonts simply did not render properly.

And the answer to Chamath’s question is yes, the 3110c natively supports Sinhala and Tamil SMS messaging, though I’ve never figured out how to type out a message in Sinhala. The entire menu system can also run natively in Sinhala and Tamil (and some Indian languages incl. Hindi). The Sinhala script is very legible and clear, more accurate in rendering in fact than Sinhala on my Mac.

5 comments on “Vikalpa on my Nokia 3110c

  1. Sanjana Hattotuwa
    April 26, 2008 at 5:21 pm #

    Apologies for the jittery video – was holding the phone in one hand and my digital camera on the other, not the easiest thing to do!

  2. Chamath
    April 27, 2008 at 10:55 am #

    Thanks for great post! Was that the built in browser? Would be interesting to see if it runs same on Opera browsers both full and mini which I think are far advanced to the built in browsers Nokia comes with.

    Must ask Softlogic what models brought down have fonts fitted in. On the low end, nokia 1110i (around Rs7,000) and 2310 (slightly higher) have font built in , though doesn’t have browsing.

    Also wonder what the situation is with other phone makes. If any make supports a font installation, we would want to promote them heavily, speaking as a content provider.

  3. Sanjana Hattotuwa
    April 27, 2008 at 3:16 pm #

    Yes Chamath – as I clearly note in my post, that was the built in browser with nothing downloaded or installed.

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    September 5, 2008 at 7:36 pm #

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