Nokia Lebanons Twitter just announced something pretty interesting, the three big Lumias will be available in Lebanon stores starting next week, this might not sound like a big deal but this is the first time the Lumia range has become available in the Middle East since its launch; mainly due to the fact that Arabic is not supported as a system language on WP (but has been confirmed on WP8).
Asking on twitter it turns out these WP7.5 devices don’t have full Arabic support but do have support for Arabic in text messages, Calendar, Lockscreen notifications, Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter and a bunch of other apps; unfortuantely the browser and Keyboard don’t have Arabic support (browser will display Arabic but letters are not joined). Keep in mind that all these devices will be upgrade-able to WP7.8 which brings the new WP8 start screen as well as some other features (possibly).
Interesting that they didn’t wait out for the WP8 launch as it’s rumored to be less than a month away; if the Lumia range was going to launch without Arabic support they might as well have launched it 6 months ago no?
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