Google Updating Font Family for Wider Mobile Device Use
Google continues to revamp key fonts to help improve the display of new content for mobile users on a wider range of device screens.Google has been working to revamp how content appears for mobile users on a wide range of device screens by updating the Roboto font and introducing a new Chinese, Japanese and Korean language font. The font updates are part of Google's constant mission beyond search, which it sees as making the Web easier to use and view by users. The new version of the Roboto font was unveiled by Christian Robertson, a Google Android visual designer, in a July 16 post on the Google Developers Blog, as a project under Google's previously announced expansion of its Material Design guidelines. The guidelines aim to improve visual design online for users while incorporating innovation and the promises of technology and science. "A lot of things have changed as we tuned the font to work across more screen sizes and conditions, from watches to desktops, televisions to cars," wrote Robertson. "It still keeps much of its character that made it successful for both phones and tablets, but almost every glyph has been tweaked and updated in some way."
Meanwhile, the release of the new Chinese, Japanese and Korean language font was announced by Xiangye Xiao, Stuart Gill and Jungshik Shin of the Google text and font team, in a July 15 post on the Google Developers Blog. The font was created in cooperation with Adobe to provide a richer and more beautiful reading experience to the East Asian community in many operating systems and software applications, according to the post.