27
Mar
robotoslab

Google Keep, the app that Goog sprung as (almost) a surprise recently, is interesting. Its functionality is undoubtedly handy, and – if Google chooses to pursue the service in earnest – it could actually be a decent competitor to other note taking apps like Evernote.

Something else has had us interested though, and that's Keep's UI and UX. There are a few weird things going on, but one stuck out: what is that serif font? The font, for those who don't know, appears only in some parts of the app. Notably, it comprises the text of every note. This is only the case for the mobile app, however.

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Turning to our resident tearer down of all things Google, I asked Ron if he could see what the font was. Not only was Ron able to deduce the name of the font, but it turns out that Google actually shipped four fonts with keep, all under the moniker Roboto Slab (thin, light, regular, and bold). Here's a quick comparison with the sans-serif Roboto we all know and love:

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The font is almost like Roboto, but – obviously – is not sans serif. The font doesn't appear anywhere else yet. This writer has his own ideas about the capacity in which it may exist in the future, but for now it's a Keep exclusive and – luckily – one you can download for your own use immediately. Just hit one of the links below and enjoy.

Thanks Ron!

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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.

  • Brian Hall

    Oddly, the first thing I thought when I noticed that font in Keep was that it reminded me of the serif font that Evernote likes to use..

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Not a huge fan of it

    • http://twitter.com/IamPeePay Tomáš Petrík

      Why?

  • nsnsmj

    Care to share those ideas?

    Anyway, I like this font. Looks nice.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      I'll be sharing them soon, probably tomorrow ;)

  • mesmorino

    I am extremely interested in the device screenshot, what battery meter is that?

    • http://twitter.com/xplodwild Guillaume

      CyanogenMod's

      • mesmorino

        Thanks

    • http://www.maverickcreative.ca/ Joshua Richards

      Its in a few custom roms.

      • mesmorino

        Thanks

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      As others said, it's part of a ROM - Cyanogenmod 10.1 to be exact :)

      • mesmorino

        Thanks :)

      • Sootie

        you can have it read a battery percent number too if you want

  • markmayhew

    Keep and Evernote shouldn't be mentioned in the same sentence.

    • LeDerpino

      But...erhhh...you just did!

  • cameron charles

    hooray i knew i wasn't crazy, when i first opened keep i was like what is this font, your not roboto but nobody said anything so i thought i was crazy lol, serifs generally imply seriousness or meaning, not sure why a notes app needs that but anyway im sure it will find some uses, i prefer the sans-serif version though

  • bse88

    I am in love with it.

  • wad

    serif = too hot for my shirt

  • http://ausdroid.net/ James Finnigan

    I was wondering about this yesterday. When Google replaced Droid Sans with Roboto, they didn't replace Droid Serif. My guess is this new font is its replacement.

  • letsplaaay

    I think Roboto looks good thin, and Roboto Slab looks good bold.

  • http://pctonic.net/ Ashutosh Mishra

    Pretty sure this will replace the current serif font of Android - Droid Serif - in Key Lime Pie. This looks much better than Droid Serif in my opinion.

  • http://profiles.google.com/bmg1001 Bryan Guerrero

    Could be used in Google Play Books?

  • http://twitter.com/RaspberryDuff Matt

    I tried it out on my resume; it wasn't bad. I don't think I'll be switching from Avenir Next for stuff like that any time soon, but this is a pretty competent Serif font.

  • http://geniousatplay.blogspot.com/ Bikram Agarwal

    You know, this is why I love and respect Android Police. You guys are not only reporting what every other android blog is reporting or not depending on user tips for "breaking news". You guys are investing your time in finding stuff. Should I call it "investigative droidism"? :) Respect. Keep up the good work.

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        *quietly turns ad-block off*
        *whistles innocently*

        • http://profiles.google.com/chopster179 Sam Brown

          On a serious note thanks for reminding me, i forgot to white list this site in adblock. :)

      • Martin

        You've just upgraded all of us to "Hacker" status! :D I love a site where you learn new things about you. I've got to go brag

  • http://twitter.com/MysteryMannnnn Mystery Man

    Roboto is better

  • Alex

    This is why i click on android police ads. A lot.

  • koory

    This font reminds me a little bit of Officina Serif ITC, a wonderful font that I try not to abuse on web and print media. This might just replace that suite (along with Roboto).

  • http://www.facebook.com/babywarez Gerardo Sarabia Molina

    I love Roboto Font. Is good to see the family grow.

  • Musaad

    Can this font be flashed via
    colckwordmod? Or what?!

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      No, it can't. You can however apply it to the system using ROM Toolbox.

  • akshay7394

    This font looks a lot like the font "Znikomit".
    Google /has/ made a habit of blending fonts to 'create' a new font, maybe this is another instance?

  • Abhijeet Mishra

    Rooted users, try applying the font to the whole system. Download ROM Toolbox, go to font installer, manually select the font. I use Roboto Light on my GNex and it looks bloody awesome.

  • Lalit Mali

    This font is a huge contributor in my shift from Evernote to Keep.
    Thanks for sharing the font, I'm about to apply it to the whole system. :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

    Now all we need as Roboto monospace font and then will we have a complete collection.

    Also that's the most absurd pangram I have ever read.

    • Felewin

      I fricking love it, haha ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  • http://twitter.com/balducien Balduin

    Took it out of the Keep apk and set it as system font right after I installed Keep... It looks so good

  • Larizard

    A "magazine layout" is not complete without a slab font. :]

  • Felewin

    THANK FUCKING YOU THIS IS A MIRACLE OF AWESOME

    • Felewin

      Oops, I hope this is allowed here :Þ

  • Felewin

    Google has everything from neato perfect Android typographers to flying internet hot air balloons ツ

  • Felewin

    The Android Police are also the Android Serifs XD