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10-18-2011 7-26-11 PM

One of Android's new features that was stressed pretty heavily on stage tonight was Roboto, a system font created specifically for Ice Cream Sandwich, which, in all honesty, looks a lot better than the system fonts we've seen before.

At first I questioned why it was necessary to spend so much time discussing a simple type face (one without even a hint of a serif), but when I thought about it, it made sense - most of the things we do on Android devices involve letters and numbers in some way, and why not make those characters aesthetically pleasing? It's a relatively small touch that goes a long way in terms of user experience.

10-18-2011 7-26-11 PM 10-18-2011 7-31-47 PM 10-18-2011 7-39-27 PM

As I mentioned, Roboto is a sans-serif font, keeping things simple and smooth.  Its characters have a pleasing roundness, and are spaced rather nicely, making e-mails, clocks, and menus easy on the eyes, and, in the words of one presenter, "a pleasure to read."

Again, Roboto may be a small touch, but it's just one of the numerous new additions to Android that make Ice Cream Sandwich the the best mobile OS Google has yet cooked up.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Nexuz-Uno

    Can't wait to find out for myself!

  • PhineasJW

    A unified font is extremely important for consistency. Apple uses Helvetica Neue, another wonderful sans-serif, for all things iPhone.

    Bravo for Matias to embrace this concept...

  • Oz

    "At first I questioned why it was necessary to spend so much time discussing a simple type face"
    In fact I think Google should have chose Comic Sans or Papyrus, anyone else with me?

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8YprCzWm0g JS

      Papyrus would have been horrible to read on a small screen, such as a phone. Verdana would have been a good choice and this Roboto looks very close to it, perhaps slightly more compressed.

  • Andy

    What is the lockscreen clock font?

    I installed Roboto on my phone, everything looks the same except for the clock.

  • http://Websited zaz

    clock is clocktopia

  • Andy

    Sorry, what I meant was, what's the new font used for the clock?