How to install Khmer Unicode on Android Phone

I write this post because I think a lot of people are looking for a good source of how to install Khmer Unicode on Android Phone. I am proud to be the owner of a Samsung Galaxy S ii (2), the best smart phone in the world.

Most of all I think everyone enjoys using Android phones.

But when it comes to problem of display Khmer Unicode on Android phone, no one really can tell how it works.

I already questioned the Samsung Cambodia via their Facebook page about this issue. They should take care of local language if they want to sell more and provide good services.

I am not the only one who asked this.

The commune answer we got is that: Wait!

How to install Khmer Unicode on Android Phone

Khmer Unicode T-Shirt Source

We don’t know how long we are going to wait, until Android users in Cambodia can have pre-install Khmer Unicode officially from Samsung.

I heard that LG already made the first move to have Khmer Unicode work properly on their phones. If anyone using LG, you can share your experience in the comment box.

Since we cannot wait, there are few ways we can do right now.

1. Install Khmer Unicode Browser

This is the secure way of viewing Cambodian website which used Khmer Unicode. It works for any Android phone. I have asked Bong Danh Hong, creator of Khmum Browser and Nokora Browser about these two browsers.

He said:

Khmum is browser for all version of Android OS, but Nokora browser for Android 4.0+ only. Nokora may be loaded faster then Khmum. Now GL is good, they have their own Android full support Khmer already. ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich) 4.0 of Samsung also can help about read website in Khmer only. For writing, I have ever seen a group create unoffical rom of ICS 4.0, it full suport Khmer, but I don’t know it runs stable or not.

This is my app: Khmer Unicode for Samsung help to install Khmer font in Samsung Galaxy without root, but it works with Android from 3.1 to the earlier version 4.0.3 only.

My phone is on Android 2.3.6, that’s the official version from Samsung. I am still waiting for official release of Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0. I not yet test Nokora but so far, Khmum is the only way for me to view Khmer Unicode Websites on my Android phone.

2. Root your phone and Upgrade to ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich)

I believe only Galaxy Note and S ii(2) that can upgrade to ICS. We don’t know when we are going to have official update. If you want to update manually, I asked Vanna Khan, a friend who already had success in updating his phone to ICS.

He recommends to go to download the Official ICS Firmwares.

But you need to root your phone first! If your phone not yet rooted, you can learn how to root your Samsung Galaxy S2.

I used to try to root my previous Samsung Galaxy S, you need to use the software call Odin. If you follow the link above, you will find your way to download it.

The first step is to set your phone to “Downloading Mode”, then follow carefully to point to the necessary files for each step, you will be able to archive the target.

Warning: You need to be a high tech guy to do this. You can take risk on your own. If you don’t want to do it yourself, I think you will find a place in town which you can ask someone to do it for 5$.

Once your phone is upgrade to ICS, you will be able to make the setting to the system to recognize and use the Khmer Unicode font.

I have asked Sopheak Hean, who already get his hands with Samsung Galaxy S2 to view Khmer Unicode.

He explained that:

To install Unicode – First your device must be rooted. And you’ll need Root Explorer.apk for changing/adding font into the System Files.

For GingerBread:

Be careful not to replaced system fonts, but replace something like DroidSansThai.ttf is fine.

Rename khmer.ttf to DroidSansThai.ttf and then reboot your device and you’re done. It is depending on how much your system is supporting Khmer Unicode complexity. Otherwise you’ll get what the OEM made it.

For ICS:
There is no need to replace system fonts with Khmer font. All you need is to copy Khmer font into System/fonts and then go into “System/etc/fallback_fonts.xml”. Editing the file and add a few line for system to see your new phone and reboot.

Fallback_fonts.xml (you need to remove space after <): < family>
< fileset>
< file>Khmer.tff
< /fileset>
< /family>

That’s it. If your system support khmer properly then it will display properly. Otherwise you’ll need to compile your own library to make the system know what to do with the complex glyph.

If you want khmer unicode android then use MiUI 1.26. It does support khmer in it.

Well, even follow all these heavy steps, we still cannot assure that we can view Khmer Unicode 100% on Android phone. But I do help this post might help you to see the different possibilities on how to install Khmer Unicode On Android Phone.

I do expect to hear to good news from Samsung Cambodia soon on this matter.

We also have a Facebook group for Android users in Cambodia. I think it is free to join. That’s the good place to get new updates on Khmer Unicode on Android Phone.

Do you have Android phone too?

Please help to share your experience in viewing Khmer Unicode on your Android phone. We would love to hear from you.

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  1. guest says

    I have three Android devices, an HTC Wildfire S, HTC One V (new!) and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9.

    The Wildfire S runs Android 2.3.5 and I have installed khmer.ttf but the font only displays correctly in the Khmum browser. In other apps the cheeng and sra are not right.

    When I installed Android 4.0.4 by the Galaxian Soup team at XDA, Khmer unicode font displays correctly on most pages, such as

    The One V came with 4.0.3 and displays Khmer unicode font correctly on most pages as well.

    • says

      Yes, it depend on the website, if they used web font or Google font, we can view them well if we are running ICS 4.0.3 or higher. 

      We need to wait to see Khmer Unicode rendered well on Applications. For now I am afraid we can view them well only from browser. 

      I understand that they need to build a good font library in Android in order to view well Khmer Unicode on system and application. 

  2. khm3ngsr3 says

    I own a SGSII and want to have Khmer Unicode in full set too but I’m not yet ready to root and custom rom.

    • says

      I have upgraded manually to ICS 4.0.3, but not yet root. That’s not much different from 2.3.6, only some few features such as lock face, can create contact widget etc.

      For the website that use web font, we could view correctly Khmer Unicode. But I would suggest you to try to check via Kies, I saw some people have option to upgrade already.

      Good luck!

  3. Pen Rattana says

    I am using SGS 2 ,my device can render on Facebook 80% and browser 100% but on system only 50% ,so when Samsung company build in for Khmer Uninicode support ???

    • says

      For this we need to wait for LCH mobile, the Samsung authorize seller in Cambodia. I hope they will keep pushing Samsung for Khmer Unicode. I hope the volume sales in Cambodia will be increased and this could be a factor for Samsung to consider localization in Cambodia. 

      Keep asking everyone! 

  4. rothmuny says

    anyone know how to install khmer unicode in Samsung Galaxy note?
    my galaxy note just manual upgraded to 4.0.3.
    many thanks for your value response 

    • says

      I just installed Khmer Patch on my Galaxy S2 which is running 4.0.3 as well. I am not sure if it would work for your Galaxy Note, 

      You can check what I did here:

  5. Tspheak says

    Does Samsung promise to bulid Khmer unicode on their phone? If they said only wait, I think 1 or 2 years next we still wait for their Khmer unicode.

    • says

      You are right, I think we need to fight for that. I will check what I can do as a blogger but we need to have a strong support as well. I will try to contact them, let’s see if we can get something move forward! 

      Thank for giving us your thought, If we are together, I think thing can be done faster! 

  6. Green says

    Now Cambodian Popular with samsung techn. product but this company still not build in support Khmer language to them device.

  7. dara says

    How to install full supported khmer unicode on Samsung Galaxy Note (4.0.4)? I already have it on my phone for about half year but it not correct render for leg. Many thanks in advance.

  8. Sung says

    Hello guys! Could you show me how to install font khmer unicode (read and write ) on Samsung Galaxy Anycall S?

    • says

      Hi Thavath,

      I think the best way is to go to a local shop and make it done by just paying 5$ or something. It’s hard for Android phone to have a reliability in installing Khmer Unicode.

      We need to take our own risk, and I don’t recommend this for someone who not familiar with the software and how to hack a phone etc.

      I did brick completely a phone. So … take your own risk or go to a shop to make it done quickly because those people are doing that stuff everyday. They know what they should do and don’t.

      Hope this might give you an idea how to get your hope read Khmer correctly.

      Good day to you.

    • says

      Hi Sunta,

      The process work the same for any Android phone, If you are not familiar with the phone software, I would recommend you go to a phone shop and ask them to do it for 5$ or so.

  9. says

    I see this is quite complicated for some people. Will this also work on Galaxy S? Is there any other way like install Khmer Unicode directly?

  10. says

    I see this is quite complicated for some people. Will this also work on Galaxy S? Is there any other way like install Khmer Unicode directly?

    • Santel Phin says

      For now, Android didn’t release the official support for Khmer Unicode yet. The best way is to go to shop and ask them to do it for you, it won’t cost much.

  11. Vityea says

    Hi bro,

    I have Galaxy S4 GT-I9500. What I want to ask you is that can we install khmer unicode without rooting? If can, please give me the link or any guideline.


    • Anonymous says

      Khmer font is already a built-in font in Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with 4.3 jellybean. Just go to Settings – Controls tab – Language and inputs (voice and inputs section. Touch the setting icon (screw icon) next to Samsung Keyboard – Select input languages – tick the check box ខ្មែរ

      • Anonymous says

        You can also set the system language to Khmer by selecting the ខ្មែរ font in “Language” inside the same “Language and inputs”. I know this comment is pretty late, already 2 months, but I just wanted to help. :)

        • Santel Phin says

          Thank for the tips. Yes Starting from Android 4.2, I think all the phone support Khmer Unicode already. If you need to type, there are a lot of Khmer keyboards available for free.

      • Allen says

        Hi there,
        Base on what u said the khmer font is already a build-in app in the Galaxy Note 3 phone, but it doesn’t appear to be in my phone at all. I go to settings–> controls–> language and input–> language–>more languages.
        it does have variety of languages but not khmer. Any help would be appreciated . Thank you.

        • Anonymous says

          Umm, about this, I’m not really sure about the khmer font on Android. That’s because I’ve just switched from using iOS to Android recently and this is the first Android phone I’ve used. I think maybe your device has a different system version, the variants differ or there are other problems. Mine is Note 3 SM-N900 with 4.3 jellybean.Maybe you could try installing the font via the rooting method but I don’t recommend rooting Note 3. Just in case you don’t know, all Note 3 variants contain an eFuse named KNOX that will void them off their warranties if rooted. But there’s the rooting method De La Vega that won’t trip the fuse but to me, it doesn’t sound safe enough. My apologies I couldn’t be of much help.

          • Allen says

            yeah, This is my first Android as well with the Note3 SM-N900A 4.3
            Try to read Khmer with the phone. so disappointed if it can’t read Khmer.

        • Anonymous says

          Ah, I think that’s because the variants differ. Mine is Note 3 SM-N900 or also known as Note 3 3G. But yours is SM-N900A or Note 3 LTE. As a matter of fact, the OS Android is a very versatile OS and I’ve seen different types of 4.3 jellybean. So I think the language packs pre installed into the Android phone by Samsung differ regionally.

      • Allen says

        Sorry, i did follow your comment on my note3, but i did not find the Khmer Font Check box at all.
        Any help would be appreciated.
        Thank you.

  12. lee says

    Hi, any one can help here… samsung tab 3 7inch android 4.4.2 from cambodia or malaysia set also same problem .. when bluthtood to the portable thermal printer hp or another brand also the same problem..when printing khmer language will come out rubbish word but the english is ok.. any can help me here… my whatsapp number 601118682023 MR LEE there


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