The Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah on 19 September 2014 launched a Unicode based mobile app in Kannada for android phones. The source code of the app can be downloaded free of cost by the users from the website of the Kannada and Culture Department.
The language was launched in a bid to improve the usage of Kannada on mobile phones and tabs. Earlier, the app linked to the Kannada language was available through private players but now the Government has officially introduced the app.
The Unicode Converter System that will enable the users to download any content in Kannada from across the world in the Android phones has been developed by the committee headed by Dr. K Chidananda Gowda, former Vice-Chancellor of Kuvempu University, Shimoga.
Apart from the mobile based app, the Chief Minister also unveiled Kannada Braille script for blinds. This version that will be available free of cost will accompany voice mode which can be heard when the scripts key is touched on computer.
When: 19 September 2014