New HTC phone gets smart, speaks Hindi, Tamil

Dec 23 2011:  HTCorporation has extended full support for text input and display--high quality font and virtual keyboards – in Hindi and Tamil languages to its most affordable smartphone, HTC Explorer, making it the first Android device to offer this functionality.

Explorer users will be able to view Hindi and Tamil websites, making it easy to view online content. In addition, HTC Explorer users will be able to send and receive text messages and emails in Hindi and Tamil, making it simple, intuitive and easy for Indian consumers to communicate and interact with each other.

HTC will be working to expand support for other Indian languages on HTC Explorer in 2012 so that Indian users can connect to all of their friends and family across the country. This native language input and display support will also be integrated into future HTC smartphones launched in India.

“India is one of the fastest growing global smartphone markets with a rich culture and language diversity, which makes it imperative for clear and effortless communications,” said Lennard Hoornik, president of South Asia, HTC Corporation. “By being the first to offer Indian language input and display capabilities, HTC is making it easy for Indian consumers to communicate and understand each other, which is testament to our continued focus on delivering the best possible smartphone user experience for our customers.”

With a curved and compact design, a 3.2” HVGA touchscreen and 3MP camera, HTC Explorer offers a full smartphone performance as well as access to exclusive pre-loaded content and applications including Saavn, Bollywood Hungama, NDTV Cricket, NDTV news, eBuddy XMS, HTC Flashlight, Asphalt Adrenalin, Uno and Cricket Pro.

All HTC Explorer users will be able to download Hindi and Tamil support capability through an over-the-air update starting from 23 December 2011.

The HTC Explorer is available at a retail price of Rs 11,650.