The Roboto font first appeared with the release of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich way back when in October 2011, becoming the stock font for Google’s apps. Since then, we’ve seen the Roboto font become the stock typeface for Chrome OS, and now Google’s signature font has become open source.
If you like the Roboto font that Google introduced in Android 4.0, you’ll be happy to know that it’s looking like Roboto will soon become the default typeface in Google’s Chrome OS. The custom operating system currently uses Noto Sans.
Google slightly refined Roboto in Android 5.0 Lollipop, and in an effort to keep things uniform across all of their products, it makes sense to see the font face make the leap to Chrome OS. No word on exactly when the change will happen, but the most plausible date would be with the release of Chrome OS version 41.
source: OMG Chrome
Since the Android 4.3 leak a few days ago, every nook and cranny of the software has been under some serious scrutiny for changes and improvements. One new, noticeable improvement in the latest version of Android is the font. It’s still Roboto, but it’s seen some very minor tweaks and subtle changes, as you can see in the picture above. The red lines indicate new Roboto fonts, and the black shows old Roboto fonts. It’s clearly not a major difference, but it’s been refined and cleaned up a bit.
The curves of many letters, especially in lowercase letters, have been refined and trimmed up, and punctuation has seen some big improvements, especially the comma. Overall, I think it’s definitely a nice improvement, and it’s good to see Google paying attention to details with Android. If you want a great, very detailed full teardown of the new font, hit the Android Police source below. If you want a more hands on approach, you can grab the fonts from the download links.
source: Android Police
When Matias Duarte left Palm for Google, we knew great things were coming to Android. Marias probably had his biggest impact with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and one of the key components is the new typeface Roboto. Recently, he decided to use Google+ as a way to talk more about how its evolution.
The original Droid font worked well, but with screen resolutions now at high definition levels, a change was needed. They wanted to create something that matched their ambitious design goals for Ice Cream Sandwich. It had to be attractive, eye-catching, modern, crisp, and structured. Most importantly, it needed to make Android appealing, enchanting, and more human.