Today's CrackBerry Mailbag letter comes to us from a CrackBerry reader in Bulgaria, who reminds us that while BlackBerry 10 has come a long way over the past year, there is still some filling in left to do around the edges. Specifically in this case, we're talking about the languages available for typing.
Hi Kevin, I'm from Bulgaria and I currently use my BlackBerry Bold 9900 but if I want to get Q10 I'm not going to be able to write in my native language, because BB OS10 doesn't support Руский Траснлит. We have already have written to BlackBerry Help but they didn't give us any answer so I'm turning to you. With BlackBerry operating system versions 5, 6 and 7, when we click Russian Language we can make choice between Руский and Руский Транслит. In this case when I choose Руский Транслит, I can write in my native language — the alpha-bet letters are the right position on the keyboard. However, if I choose Руский, the letters have a completely different location. BlackBerry 10 currently only offers the Руский (Russian) option - it is the same alphabet but location of letters is very different.
Please could you mention that to BlackBerry Developers or somewhere to fix, so that even if we don't have the Bulgarian language we at least have the Руский Транслит layout for typing. This would be great. Currently this is the reason I'm not going to buy a BlackBerry 10 phone.
Overall, I think the general feelings of language support on BlackBerry 10 have overwhelmingly positive. I know a quite a few people who put the option to have three different languages running at once to full use daily. Hopefully bringing some attention to this request will get it put on BlackBerry's to do list!