Google's Roboto typeface is now open source

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Roboto, the signature font for Android and Chrome, is Google’s latest free gift to the world.

Google announced that the Roboto font family is now open source, and has posted the entire code on Github. This means that not only are you allowed to use Roboto without running into any copyright issues, but you can tweak and modify it for your own purposes.

The story behind the story: Google first introduced Roboto with Android Jelly Bean 4.0. Since then it’s become the default font for both Android and Chrome, and has become a major stylistic component of Google’s identity with its Material Design aesthetic. The open source move aligns with Google’s approach to most of its products: making them free and customizable, while hopefully garnering goodwill and community feedback.

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