One of the downfalls of Windows Phone, and a factor that has affected Nokias complete marketing strategy is the lack of Arabic (and multiple other languages) support on WP. To put into prescriptive how idiotic of a mistake this according to Wikipedias last count (I’m sure the numbers are much larger now) the number of native Arabic speakers in the world was 280,000,000 Yes 280 million. The lack of Arabic support was a major setback to the Lumia launch plans and to Nokia’s comeback, as it wasn’t until sometime last month the Lebanon was the first to see the launch of the Lumia line-up (sans Arabic).
The method of Arabic input mentioned below is far from ideal, but it works; and that’s what matters. For people who hardly type in Arabic (such as your truly) this is a more than adequate solution, but to others who rely on Arabic for everything from Email to texts to Web browsing this can become a bit tiresome.
*Note: there is also a Vietnamese keyboard available to download through the Nokia collection.
Or scan the QR code below: