Why won’t PocketTorah Work on my Droid!?!

Apr 17, 2012   //   by russel   //   Blog  //  12 Comments

Hey everyone,

Since our launch, the number one question we’ve received is some form or another of why isn’t PocketTorah compatible with my Droid phone?

Here’s the skinny… In our tests, Hebrew support on Android phones not running the latest version of the operating system (Ice Cream Sandwich) – v.4.0 or higher, has pretty awful.

Take a look for yourself:

PocketTorah on Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread)

That text on the left is supposed to be Bereshit.

We’ve experimented for a bit and got stuck. We’ll be releasing the source codeĀ  online in a day or two at our github repo, so others can help with the problem, and we’re still experimenting with ways to try and make it work right, but for now if you’ve got a droid, the app is only available on devices running version 4.0 or higher.

Alternatively you can access PocketTorah from a webbrowser on any computer by navigating to: http://www.pockettorah.com/wp-content/app

Thanks for your interest, and we’ll keep trying on our end.



  • Thanks for the explanation. It’s interesting that the Hebrew should render in the way that you’ve shown as I use several apps, Jewish/Hebrew and not, on my phone on which Hebrew has rendered correctly since Andriod 2.2 was released. I don’t know if it’s anything to do with having the AnySoftKeyboard Hebrew Language pack installed. However I can put Hebrew into to SMS and email and it’s fine and renders fine on the receiver’s phone. However, this is not my area of expertise and so I can’t offer any suggestions of how to fix it, just my experience of other apps.

    Good luck and what you’ve offered so far is brilliant.


    • Its an issue when you add in the taamim and the nikkudot (cantilation marks & vowels). Regular unpointed vowels work fine. We made the decision that it wouldn’t be pedagogically sound to release without those elements. We’re open to being wrong though,

      • Ah – I understand now. Thanks for the explanation. You’re right. I hope some way of overcoming it is found.

  • I have noticed that in the past when viewing Hebrew with taamim and nikkudot on my Froyo and then Gingerbread phone. Is there anything to the idea of using the Hebrew text as graphics instead of text?

    • Theoretically it would be possible, but it would greatly increase the app size, and change the underlying architecture of the app.

      • That makes sense. I figure you had probably already thought of that, but it was the first idea that came to mind, especially since I’d like to have the app on my phone, but have doubts about Samsung eventually updating my Droid Charge to ICS.

  • What about an app for Blackberry?

  • Wonderful!! As a Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutor I see great value in your efforts. Keep it going!

    Couple of issues:
    1. Click Home in Chrome and you get a new tab with the home page.
    2. The chanting is fast, maybe too fast if one is learning both the words and the melody. Would like to pause in the middle of a verse, back up, repeat a specific phrase.
    3. Would like to use the web version of the app on my Dolphin browser on my Android tablet (v3.2) which is HTML 5 compatible. Rather than check specifically for Chrome or Safari, how about checking for HTML 5 compatibility?

    Thank you!!


  • according to motorola, as of today may 6, none of the android phones run 4.0 or higher, only their tablets???? that is what i was just told, i don’t have a tablet, only a droid 3

    they are supposedly planning updates to the android phones during the 2nd or 3rd qtr of this year??? it sounds dubious???

  • Israeli carrier Orange has been pushing the Motorola Defy+. It only has Gingerbread. Israelis would love this app…

  • I have to say that I just dowloaded this to my android phone and it’s fantastic! It is so helpful to me when I need to review the Torah trope on the run! Thank you!!

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