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Old June 27th, 2011, 02:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Problem displaying foreign language (Chinese characters)

Just got the Replenish, which is my first smart phone. I'm a tech geek who happened to take his sweet time jumping on the Android bandwagon, but so far, I've been enjoying the solid phone and the intuitive OS. Only MAJOR issue I've noticed so far is an problem displaying certain Chinese characters when I read Chinese sites. For instance, the word for "not" () shows up as a clear box  (an example; I don't actually see any numbers/letters inside the box on my phone, it is just a blank empty clear box), regardless of whether I see it on a site or input it as pinyin or handwriting. I know it's the right character based on context, but it just won't appear. Same with the character "le" (), which is unfortunately one of the most used ones in the Chinese language. They also show up as the same clear boxes.

As you can imagine, this is a serious problem for me, and I've been doing some research the past few days about others experiencing issues with reading foreign languages on their Android phones, probably because of poor unicode font implementation or something like that. Hebrew and Arabic are noted, but Mandarin Chinese doesn't seem to come up very often. Someone mentioned rooting the phone and overwriting the default Droid true type font with their own. I'd obviously prefer to try a more vendor approved solution first. Any ideas where I can submit this bug report or have someone tell me how to fix this? I went on my brother's Samsung Galaxy and the characters rendered just fine on his phone.

Like everyone else with this phone, I'm running 2.2.2 Froyo.

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