Mobile/Projects/Localization

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Goals

  • Grant user control over language selection within Fennec.
    • [Accomplished in Fx32] Language selection currently controled by Android system preferences, whose availability are determined by OEMs and carriers.
    • Accept-language header for customizing default language selection for delivery of web content.
  • Locale breadth: ensure we can support any potential distribution deals without locales being any kind of hurdle or barrier
  • Notes from what the competition supports:
    • Opera Mobile supports 40 languages
    • Chrome Mobile supports 31 (as of Apr 2012) and seemingly 38 (trying to find an official source of truth)
    • Google Play store supports 45 localizations
    • Google's default Android localization is into 68 languages (added support for Basque, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese (Hong Kong), Galician, Icelandic, Kannada, Kyrgyz, Macedonian, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Sinhala, Tamil and Telugu in 5.0 Lollipop).
    • OEMs add languages to Android's 52 delivered languages (e.g., Samsung devices have up to 83).
    • Close the competitive gap between us, Chrome, and Opera.

Specifications

  • Multi-locale build to include all new locales
  • (RTL languages requires support from the Android UI for the likes of Arabic)

Bug Tracking

ID Summary Priority Status
521979 [tracking] Choose search plug-ins for localized versions of Fennec -- NEW
521992 [gl] Choose search plug-ins for Fennec in Galician -- RESOLVED
551156 [en-CA] New localization: English, Canada -- NEW
639801 [tracking] Firefox Mobile l10n release trackers -- NEW
639853 [gl] Fennec release tracker Galician -- NEW
639855 [gl] Search engine setup for Firefox Mobile for Galician. -- RESOLVED
700289 map he->iw and id->in in nsLocaleService P2 NEW
881510 Accept-Language header customization UI for Android -- NEW
882315 Add en-CA locale to the Fennec multi-locale build P5 NEW
933315 Firefox for Android doesn't fall back to es-ES when device language set as any other Spanish locale code -- ASSIGNED
934962 Thai font doesn't display on Galaxy S4 on Android 4.2.2 -- NEW
1038667 [xh] Firefox Mobile release tracker Xhosa -- NEW
1038669 [xh] Search engine setup for Firefox Mobile for Xhosa. -- RESOLVED
1082209 [br] Firefox Mobile release tracker Breton -- NEW
1082210 [br] Search engine setup for Firefox Mobile for Breton. -- RESOLVED
1082212 [eo] Firefox Mobile release tracker Esperanto -- NEW
1082214 [eo] Search engine setup for Firefox Mobile for Esperanto. -- RESOLVED
1109078 [sq] Firefox Mobile release tracker Albanian -- ASSIGNED
1109079 [sq] Search engine setup for Firefox Mobile for Albanian. -- RESOLVED

19 Total; 13 Open (68.42%); 6 Resolved (31.58%); 0 Verified (0%);


Android supported

Locales w/repos

Locale Language Scheduled
vi Vietnamese
af Afrikaans
el Greek
sw Swahili
zu Zulu
gl Galician 36

Locales sans repos

Locale Language Scheduled
bg Bulgarian
sr Serbian
tl Tagalog
rm Romansh
my Burmese 37
ky Kyrgyz
mk Macedonian
ne-NP Nepalese
si Sinhala

Blocked locales

Locale Language Scheduled Repo Blocks
he Hebrew Yes RTL, Gecko/Java locale code, resources
ar Arabic Yes RTL, resources
am Amharic No RTL, resources
fa Persian Yes RTL

Sans Android support

Locales w/translations

Language Location Speakers ADU's Scheduled
Ligurian Italy 505,100 115,000
Norwegian (Nynorsk) Norway 4,640,000 (East Scandinavian writing system) 14,500
Venda South Africa 1,064,000 13,500
Xhosa South Africa 7,817,300 13,500 36
Albanian Albania 7,436,990 1,200 37
Acholi Uganda 1,197,000 1,000
Songhay Mali ~1,100,000 500 37
Upper Sorbian Germany ~13,490 37
Lower Sorbian Germany ~13,490 37
Khmer Cambodia/Thailand 16,124,500 45,000 + 6,500
Uzkeb Uzbekistan 25,000,000 N/A 37
Azerbaijani Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey 23,000,000 N/A 37

Locales w/out Fennec translations

Language Location Speakers ADU's Scheduled
Occitan France 2,048,310 150,000
Asturian Spain 550,000 116,000
Ilocano Philippines 7,016,400 30,000
Kurdish Iraq 29,960,872 26,000
Urdu Pakistan 63,431,800 14,500
Tsonga South Africa 3,669,000 13,500
Bengali (Bangladesh) Bangladesh 110,000,000 11,000
Bosnian Bosnia 2,216,000 3,200
Georgian Georgia/Russia 4,237,710 2,300
Nbedele Zimbabwe 1,572,800 600
Tswana Botswana 4,521,700 250
Siswati Swaziland 2,034,200 <100
Southern Sotho Lesotho 6,024,000 <50

Locales Included in our multi-locale APK

As of Fx22

  • Brazilian Portuguese (pt-BR)
  • Chinese (zh-CN)
  • Chinese (zh-TW)
  • Czech (cs)
  • Danish (da)
  • Dutch (nl)
  • English (en-US)
  • Finnish (fi)
  • French (fr)
  • German (de)
  • Italian (it)
  • Japanese (ja)
  • Korean (ko)
  • Norwegian bokmal (nb-NO)
  • Polish (pl)
  • Portuguese (pt-PT)
  • Russian(ru)
  • Slovak (sk_SK)
  • Spanish (es-ES)

As of Fx23

  • Hungarian (hu_HU)
  • Turkish(tr)

As of Fx24

  • British English (en_BR)
  • Catalan (ca_ES)
  • Swedish (sv_SE)

As of Fx 25

  • Ukranian (uk)
  • Irish (ga)
  • Romanian (ro)

As of Fx 26

As of Fx 27

  • South African English(en-ZA)
  • Thai (th)
  • Lithuanian (lt)
  • Slovenian (sl)

As of Fx 28

  • Estonian (et)

As of Fx 29

As of Fx 30

  • Indonesian (id)
  • Spanish (es-MX)
  • Spanish (es-AR)
  • Malay (ms)
  • Belarusian (be)
  • Latvian (lv)

As of Fx 31

  • Assamese (as)
  • Bengali (bn-IN)
  • Hindi (hi-IN)
  • Gujarati (gu-IN)
  • Kannada (kn)
  • Maithli (mai)
  • Marathi (mr)
  • Malayalam (ml)
  • Punjabi (pa-IN)
  • Oriya (or)
  • Tamil (ta)
  • Telugu (te)

As of 32

  • Icelandic (is)
  • Fulah (ff)
  • Basque (eu)
  • Scottish Gaelic (gd)
  • Welsh (cy)
  • Armenian (hy-AM)

As of 33

  • Kazakh (kk)
  • Aragonese (an)
  • Frisian (fy-NL)

As of 34

As of 35

  • Breton (br)
  • Esperanto (eo)

As of 36

  • Galician (gl)
  • Albanian (sq)
  • Xhosa (xh)

As of 37

  • Upper Sorbian (hsb)
  • Lower Sorbian (dsb)
  • Songhay (son)

As of 38

As of 39

As of 40

Quality Criteria

  1. User stories must be satisfied
  2. Specifications must be met
  3. Multi-locale APK size must not exceed the previous release APK size by x% (important for ARMv6 users with less memory than high-end devices)