The UK Release and Internationalization

by cyntacks » Wed, 29 Oct 2008 19:07:17 GMT

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Last I read here on the board Android did not yet fully support
internationalization (even though we have the directories for
different languages, etc).

1) Is this true?
2) Will the normal Java syntax involving Locales be a valid work

I ask because our application needs to know whether to use metric
units or not. Just wondering what the best way to determine this may
be on Android for the UK release today.

Thanks for your help,


The UK Release and Internationalization

by cyntacks » Thu, 30 Oct 2008 04:11:31 GMT

 Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to give this a bump.

Has anyone successfully "internationalized" their application? For
example, I want to determine what region the user is in (UK or US) so
I can provide English or Metric units on the backend for calculations.
Is this as simple as using Java's "locale", or does Android provide
another type of support on top that I should be implementing?

The API says this is "coming soon": #i18n

I realize I can provide different languages using the values-en,
values-xx, etc. But what about determining that region in the java

Thanks for your help,



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The UK Release and Internationalization

by qvark » Thu, 30 Oct 2008 22:17:21 GMT

 I don't think the API is ready yet according to their roadmap: 

Q4 2008


The UI and Application Framework for the Android 1.0 platform
primarily targets English-speaking regions. To enable handset
manufacturers to deploy devices in non-English-speaking countries, we
will support the following localizations:

    * Strings localized into various languages.
          o Q4 2008: German
          o Q1 2009: French, Italian, es_es, zh_TW, Ja, NL, CZ
    * UI modifications (tabs, menus, homepage shortcuts, etc.) to
support non-English languages.
    * New date and numeric formats.


The UK Release and Internationalization

by cyntacks » Fri, 31 Oct 2008 01:37:54 GMT

 Hi qvark,

Thanks for the link, I hadn't seen the Roadmap yet.

That's a bummer for us, but it does say q4, so hopefully the change
will be right around the corner.

Thanks again,



The UK Release and Internationalization

by Al Sutton » Fri, 31 Oct 2008 02:46:09 GMT


After doing some poking around the Android browser on the UK phone
identifies itself with an en-gb localisation, so maybe you can already
use Locale.getDefault() to see whats what.


cyntacks wrote:

Al Sutton



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