Windows Phone Mango overview: Asian language input [video]

By Tom Warren, on 21st Jun 11 8:14 pm with 21 Comments

Microsoft has built in support for a number of new languages in Windows Phone Mango.

In part two of our Windows Phone Mango overview series we take a brief look at the new keyboard input options for Asian language users. These include Chinese, Japanese and Korean. The input support varies from 12 character keyboards to handwriting support. Microsoft has also modified the Metro design of Windows Phone to accommodate for vertical text layout across panoramas and other native applications. Unfortuantely our review unit does not contain all the system language settings.

The addition of extra keyboard input support for Chinese, Japanese and Korean users is a welcomed one. Check-out the video below for an overview of how the new input languages work.

Stay tuned to WinRumors.com this week for further in-depth video overviews of all things Windows Phone Mango.

  • http://profiles.google.com/arvydasg.93 Arvydas Grušeckas

    Will there be an option to pin only Music to homescreen? Because I don’t like Music+Videos Hub, as it’s too much pressing buttons

    • Anonymous

      This may not be what you want, but you can currently pin individual artists, genres, playlists etc to the start screen.

  • Anonymous

    WOW! I love how the Windows Phone is becoming a universal device…! With Nokia on board .. unstoppable…!

  • Anonymous

    WOW! I love how the Windows Phone is becoming a universal device…! With Nokia on board .. unstoppable…!

  • WP Fanboy

    There is no Indian Languages !! I’m missing those!! 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=670105580 Phil Chan

      It can be seen at 1:24

  • WP Fanboy

    There is no Indian Languages !! I’m missing those!! 

  • A Fan

    Do I have access to all those languages by default or am I at the mercy of my carrier like some BB users were in the past?

    • Anonymous

      You’re at the mercy of carriers. I’m stuck with english on my HD7. 

      I sent an email to HTC and got a vague reply saying they didn’t pay Microsoft the licensing fee for additional languages. If this is really how it works, Microsoft needs to scrap that. It’s giving Windows Phone a bad name.

  • Noway

    can the mobile read arabic in IE ? try to access http://www.bbc.co.uk/arabic/

    • Massih

      no, it cannot read farsi or arabic, not now not in mango :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/rahelk Rahel Kareem

    So the paste icon has been changed !!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000678662470 Vincent Haakmat

    Looking forward to the Dutch language keyboard…

  • Ajesicus

    any signed of Thai input.

  • Ajesicus

    any signed of Thai input.

  • Anonymous

    Traditional Chinese with QWERTY isn’t available…GREAT! Was it THAT complex for Microsoft to add that??

  • Anonymous

    Traditional Chinese with QWERTY isn’t available…GREAT! Was it THAT complex for Microsoft to add that??

  • http://twitter.com/exglade Davis

    I only haz English on my phone. :(
    Anyway I can get more language (existing one like Spanish) on my phone?

    Would these new language be available to unbranded phone (like mine)?

    • Anonymous

      didn’t they say this is coming with mango. So, you have to wait for the mango update, I assume.

  • Anonymous

    I might be a little off-topic but will the windows phone do anything to render the new Apple patent on multitouch screens useless? 

  • http://twitter.com/arnehelseth Arne Helseth

    Since you check/uncheck input languages in settings – does this mean you could potentially enable several different languages at once and switch between them at will directly from the keyboard?