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Friday May 26, 2017

Android

Android is developed by Google and runs on smartphones developed by all major cellphone manufacturers. It's based on linux.
Check the Android Apps page to find the necessary apps to input or display Chinese on Android devices.

How to configure your Android device to display and input Chinese

Android 4.4 (Kit Kat)

Tested on : Tested on : ASUS Nexus 7 & LG Nexus 4
    Expected to be an incremental update - we don't think there will be any changes to what is described below. Watch this page for an update once KitKat launches.

Android 4.1, 4.2 & 4.3 (Jelly Bean)

Tested on : Samsung Galaxy Nexus, ASUS Nexus 7 & LG Nexus 4
    Jelly Bean is an incremental update so it's not very different from Ice Cream Sandwich, so see below on how to set the language and input Chinese.
    New in JB is the addition of a language switch key to easily switch between input languages. This key is positioned on the left of the space bar. This key can be suppresed if you want to keep that screen space for your space bar, if you surpress the button you can switch the input language as in ICS by long pressing the space bar. To surpress, Go to Settings > Language & input > under KEYBOARD & INPUT METHODS tap on the settings icon of Android keyboard > scroll down to OTHER OPTIONS and tap Advanced settings > select Suppress language switch key

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Tested on : Samsung Galaxy Nexus
  • Setting the language of the device
    Settings > Language & input > Language > both Simplified Chinese 中文 (简体) & Traditional Chinese 中文 (繁體) are available.
       

  • Inputting Chinese
    The stock Android version does not come with a Chinese input method. You will need to download an app for that. See Android apps for input applications. Go to Play Store and search for the input application you would like to install. Click 'Install' and 'Accept'
    Once you've installed the input method go to Settings > Language & input > under KEYBOARD & INPUT METHODS choose the input method that you've installed. Use the icon to configure your input method. Tick all the input methods you would like to have available. If you want to use a language that is part of the stock install, remember to first untick 'use system language', then you can select the other languages for input.

    Switching between input languages and keyboards
    To switch between input methods press and hold the space bar, then select the desired input method.
    If you use Google Pinyin ensure you can switch between 'roman' input and Chinese input by pressing the button on the left of the space bar.
           

Android 3 (Honeycomb)

Tested on : Acer Iconia Tab A500 , bought in Singapore
  • Setting the language of the device
    Settings > Language & input > Under Language settings tap on Select language > both Simplified Chinese 中文 (简体) & Traditional Chinese 中文 (繁體) are available.

  • Inputting Chinese
  • This version comes standard with XT9 Text input which enables you to input Chinese. You can also install an app if you prefer a different input method or layout.
    Settings > Language & input > Under Keyboard settings tap on Configure input methods > Under XT9 Text Input tap on Active input methods > go to the bottom of the list and you'll find 简体中文-拼音, 简体中文-笔划, 繁體中文-注音, 繁體中文-拼音, 繁體中文-筆畫, 繁體中文-倉頡, 繁體中文-速成倉頡
    Once in an input field, long press on the round settings icon on the bottom left of the keyboard until a pop-up appears, then choose your input method.

    The Android keyboard allows voice input (voice recognition)
    Settings > Language & input > Under Keyboard settings tap on Configure input methods > Under Android keyboard tap on Active input methods > Untick Use system language and choose the languages you want to use under Active input methods > tick Chinese, Yue Voice or Chinese, Mandarin Voice
    Once in an input field, long press on the round settings icon on the bottom left of the keyboard until a pop-up appears, then choose your input method.

    It also allows voice actions & input in Mandarin & Cantonese (Yue)
    Settings > Language & input > Under Voice input tap on Voice recogniser settings > Language > Choose Chinese, Mandarin or Chinese, Yue
    Note that it's only possible to set 1 language as the default voice input method

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