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Android N's Multi-Locale should be loved by multilinguists around the world

The new feature allows users to select a list of multiple languages to serve as priority-placed orders for apps and other tools.

Published onMay 19, 2016

If there’s one thing that has been a problem for multilingual Android users, it’s been solid support of second (or third) languages. While Nexus devices eventually allow users to select from any one that Android supports, third-party OEMs have often deemed it fit to install support for only those in a device’s target market. This had made it necessary to install third party apps that forced non-selectable other languages into the system, though in recent times OEMs like Samsung and HTChave seemingly sought to expand their pre-installed support.

Nonetheless, even for Nexus users, there has always been a single, solid problem: The system will only support one language at a given time and thus would require manually going in the settings screen to change everything each and any time the transition was sought. But what happens when third party applications don’t support that language? Android N looks like it will address this problem with Multi-Locale mode.

android n multi language locale

As can be seen in the screen capture above, Android N allows users to select multiple languages which can be re-ordered in terms of priority. As many apps support many languages, the first and foremost listing will receive initial default priority. Those apps that do not support the main language, however, will go down the list in an attempt to find one that does.

The overall implementation is similar to the language selection setting tools seen in Microsoft’s Windows, which allows users to re-order languages to prioritize their use and appearance.

It should be noted that there is no guarantee this feature will make it to the final build of the new OS build, as last year Google removed several developmental features such as Night Mode and Multi-window support.

What do you think? Does Multi-Locale seem like a good idea? Leave a comment down below to let everyone know!

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