Google initially introduced the Roboto font with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to public. Now Google announced by a blog post that it is making Roboto open source, meaning even the toolchain used to create the font is up on GitHub.
“The font files for the Roboto family of fonts were first released under the Apache license as part of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) in 2011. With this launch, we are making Roboto a true open source project, with a revamped font production toolchain that is completely based on open source software.”
It’s an interesting move from Google – the release of Roboto has become a bigger and bigger part of Google’s identity over the years, but now that key part is freely available for anyone to modify. It’s the kind of move we wouldn’t expect to see from Apple, which developed its own signature font alongside the Apple Watch.
“With this launch, we are making Roboto a true open source project, with a revamped font production toolchain that is completely based on open source software,” wrote Roozbeh Pournader of the Android Text team.
A key improvement in the Roboto font family has been the increase in the character coverage to include all Latin, Cyrillic and Greek characters in Unicode 7.0, as well as the currency symbol for the Georgian lari, to be published in Unicode 8.0.
Just going from around 13,000 characters to nearly 40,000 characters since its introduction. Further, the company added that in order to make the project happen there was a collaboration between various teams – Material Design, Internationalization Engineering, Google Fonts, and Android.
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