Today Google announced that it’s opening up its Android font Roboto.

Designed by Christian Robinson, the Roboto font files were first released in 2011 under the Apache license. Now, the company is organizing the files and the font production toolchain into a fully realized open source project on Github.

“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.

In tandem with today’s launch, Google is announcing that it has tripled the number of characters in its fonts. The font expansion includes the addition of Latin, Cyrillic, and Greek characters in Unicode 7.0. The update also adds the lari, Georgia’s currency symbol, in Unicode 8.0.


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