Monday, December 12, 2011

Traffic from #mobile devices for the languages of #India

Increasingly people find their #Wikipedia on the mobile phone. The surprise is, that traffic from mobile devices for the Indic languages is doing spectacularly well. A year ago such traffic did hardly exist and now the yearly growth rate for Hindi for instance is 10804%.

Given that most mobile phones do not support the scripts used by the languages of India, the question is very much what devices they are. It will be equally interesting to learn what difference the implementation of WebFonts later today will make for other mobile devices.

These statistics for mobile traffic from India are updated every day; it will be interesting to learn not only what languages will benefit but also what devices are capable of supporting Unicode content with web fonts. When I am to buy a mobile phone, the ability of supporting my mother tongue would feature prominently as a must have item.

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