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Language and Locale

Starting in Android 7.0 (API level 24), Android provides enhanced support for multilingual users, allowing them to select multiple locales in settings. Android provides this capability by greatly expanding the number of locales supported and changing the way the system resolves resources.

This document starts by explaining the resource resolution strategy in versions of Android lower than 7.0 (API level 24). Next, it describes the improved resource-resolution strategy in Android 7.0. Last, it explains how to take advantage of the expanded number of locales to support more multilingual users.

Challenges in Resolving Language Resources

Prior to Android 7.0, Android could not always successfully match app and system locales.

For example, assume that you have the following situation:

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