Localization support for BlackBerry smartphones

Article ID: KB05305

Type: Support Content

Last Modified: 12-15-2011

 

Product(s) Affected:

  • BlackBerry 7 OS and earlier
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  • BlackBerry® Desktop Software
  • BlackBerry® Device Software
  • BlackBerry® Internet Service
  • BlackBerry® smartphones
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    Render

    Render shows the text in all applications on the smartphone in the local language. Render support for non-Latin1 languages does not involve all local encoding and decoding on the smartphone, but applies only to email messages sent using the BlackBerry® Internet Service or the BlackBerry® Enterprise Server. For an email message in the local language to display correctly on the smartphone, the email message must be encoded in Unicode UTF-8. In addition, the correct language pack must also be installed on the smartphone.

    Input

    Input represents the ability to input languages on the smartphone in the local language. Render support is required for input support.

    User interface (UI)

UI translation refers to a fully localized user interface, including online help files, document viewing, and BlackBerry Desktop Software. UI translation of BlackBerry Desktop Software includes translated user interface strings and text for target languages.


BlackBerry Device Software

The language bundles available with BlackBerry Device Software depend on the wireless service provider. By default, the following language bundles are available:

  • English only
  • Multi-language
    • This package includes Afrikaans, Arabic, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish
  • East Asia
    • This package includes Arabic, Chinese,Czech, Dutch, English, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Thai
  • All Languages
    • All supported languages

Note: There is no guarantee that languages in the preceding lists will be available with the BlackBerry Device Software specific to your wireless service provider.


BlackBerry Internet Service

For BlackBerry Internet Service, language support can be Transport or UI Translation.

Transport is the ability for the BlackBerry Internet Service message transport to convert email messages written in the local language to Unicode UTF-8, regardless of the encoding of the email message. Unicode UTF-8 supports all languages, allowing email messages to display correctly in the local language on the smartphone. Unicode UTF-8 encoding is supported on smartphones based on Java® technology with appropriate fonts and a rendering engine.

UI Translation is the ability for a user to create and manage a BlackBerry Internet Service account in the local language. BlackBerry Internet Service menus and screens are displayed in the local language.


Supported languages on the BlackBerry smartphone

The following are types of localization support that are available for BlackBerry smartphones:

 

 

4.5.0

4.6.0

4.6.1

4.7

4.7.1

5.0

6.0

Language

QWERTY/SureType®

Render

Input

UI

Render

Input

UI

Render

Input

UI

Render

Input

UI

Render

Input

UI

Render

Input

UI

Render

Input

UI

Afrikaans

EDGE/UMTS® QWERTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

•*

 

 

 

 

 

 

•*

 

EDGE/UMTS SureType

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

•*

 

•*

 

CDMA QWERTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CDMA SureType

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arabic

EDGE/UMTS QWERTY

•*

•*

•*

•*

 

 

•*

•*

EDGE/UMTS SureType

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

•*

•*

CDMA QWERTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CDMA SureType

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catalan

EDGE/UMTS QWERTY

•*

•*

•*

•*

 

 

 

•*

•*

EDGE/UMTS SureType

•*

•*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

•*

•*

CDMA QWERTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CDMA SureType

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chinese

EDGE/UMTS QWERTY

 

 

 

EDGE/UMTS SureType

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CDMA QWERTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CDMA SureType

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Czech

EDGE/UMTS QWERTY

•*

•*

•*

•*

 

 

 

•*

•*

EDGE/UMTS SureType

 

 

•*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

•*

•*

CDMA QWERTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CDMA SureType

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danish

EDGE/UMTS QWERTY

•*

 

•*

 

•*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

•*

•*

EDGE/UMTS SureType

•*

 

•*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

•*

•*

CDMA QWERTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CDMA SureType

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dutch

EDGE/UMTS QWERTY

•*

•*

•*

•*

 

 

 

•*

•*

EDGE/UMTS SureType

•*

•*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

•*

•*

CDMA QWERTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CDMA SureType

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

English

EDGE/UMTS QWERTY

•*

•*

•*

•*

 

 

 

•*

•*

EDGE/UMTS SureType

•*

•*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

•*

•*

CDMA QWERTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

•*

•*

•*

 

 

 

CDMA SureType

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

French

EDGE/UMTS QWERTY

•*

•*

•*

•*

 

 

 

•*

•*

EDGE/UMTS SureType

•*

•*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

•*

•*

CDMA QWERTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

•*

•*

•*

 

 

 

CDMA SureType

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

German

EDGE/UMTS QWERTY

•*

•*

•*

•*

 

 

 

•*

•*

EDGE/UMTS SureType

•*

•*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

•*

•*

CDMA QWERTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

•*

•*

•*

 

 

 

CDMA SureType

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greek

EDGE/UMTS QWERTY

•*

 

•*

 

•*

 

•*

 

 

 

 

•*

•*

EDGE/UMTS SureType

•*

 

•*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

•*

•*

CDMA QWERTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CDMA SureType

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hebrew

EDGE/UMTS QWERTY

•*

•*

•*

•*

 

 

 

•*

•*

EDGE/UMTS SureType

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

•*

•*

CDMA QWERTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CDMA SureType

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hungarian

EDGE/UMTS QWERTY

•*

•*

•*

•*

 

 

 

•*

•*

EDGE/UMTS SureType

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

•*

•*

CDMA QWERTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CDMA SureType

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Italian

EDGE/UMTS QWERTY

•*

•*

•*

•*

 

 

 

•*

•*

EDGE/UMTS SureType

•*

•*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

•*

•*

CDMA QWERTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

•*

•*

 

 

 

CDMA SureType

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Japanese

EDGE/UMTS QWERTY

 

 

 

 

 

EDGE/UMTS SureType

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CDMA QWERTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CDMA SureType

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Korean

EDGE/UMTS QWERTY

 

 

 

EDGE/UMTS SureType

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CDMA QWERTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CDMA SureType

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Norwegian

EDGE/UMTS QWERTY

•*

 

•*

 

•*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

•*

•*

EDGE/UMTS SureType

•*

 

•*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

•*

•*

CDMA QWERTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CDMA SureType

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Polish

EDGE/UMTS QWERTY

•*

•*

•*

•*

 

 

 

•*

•*

EDGE/UMTS SureType

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

•*

•*

CDMA QWERTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CDMA SureType

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portuguese

EDGE/UMTS QWERTY

•*

•*

•*

•*

 

 

 

•*

•*

EDGE/UMTS SureType

•*

•*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

•*

•*

CDMA QWERTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

•*

•*

 

 

 

CDMA SureType

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Russian

EDGE/UMTS QWERTY

•*

•*

•*

•*

 

 

 

•*

•*

EDGE/UMTS SureType

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

•*

•*

CDMA QWERTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CDMA SureType

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spanish

EDGE/UMTS QWERTY

•*

•*

•*

•*

 

 

 

•*

•*

EDGE/UMTS SureType

•*

•*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

•*

•*

CDMA QWERTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

•*

•*

•*

 

 

 

CDMA SureType

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swedish

EDGE/UMTS QWERTY

•*

 

•*

 

•*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

•*

•*

EDGE/UMTS SureType

•*

 

•*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

•*

•*

CDMA QWERTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CDMA SureType

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thai

EDGE/UMTS QWERTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

EDGE/UMTS SureType

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CDMA QWERTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CDMA SureType

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turkish

EDGE/UMTS QWERTY

•*

•*

•*

•*

 

 

 

•*

•*

EDGE/UMTS SureType

•*

•*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

•*

•*

CDMA QWERTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CDMA SureType

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* indicates the availability of AutoText 

Additional Notes

  • Afrikaans, Danish, and Swedish are not available to select in the languages list and auto-text is not supported. Limited input is supported for these languages because the default BlackBerry smartphone character set can be used. For example, if Afrikaans is not selected from the languages list, Afrikaans AutoText cannot be supported.
  • For Catalan, online help files are in Spanish.
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Please reference KB04262 for the supported encodings for BlackBerry Device Software.

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