Lately I have received several queries from my reader on my previous tips on how to read bangla (বাংলা) system wide on Android phones. Many complained it is not working or working partially. Now, here in this post I am giving a very short way to read bangla on android regardless which version or handset you are using. In fairness it should work on other platforms too.
Now how we do it? Before we even begin, let me tell you, this is only for viewing bangla on the phone, you cannot copy/select/edit/write. This technique employs bitmap conversion on Opera Browser.
Step 1: Open Market
Step 2: Search for "Opera mini"
Step 3: Install it the normal way
Step 4: Run the software once installed, let it finish the loading
Step 5: At the address bar, remove "www." and type about:config , press enter
Step 6: You will see the "Power-user Settings page"
Step 7: Do not alter anything, unless you really know what you are doing.
Step 8: Scroll down, find option saying 'Use bitmap fonts for complex scripts'
Step 9: Select YES
Step 9: Save and restart browser.
Once reloaded, open www.prothom-alo.com and you can read bangla now. Remember it may take little extra time depending on the processor and meory available on your phone (as well as the network speed).
In this method, the browser presents each character as a different image.
Hope that will help many of you.