Designed by Christian Robertson at Google.
The TrueType freeware web font “Roboto” was designed by interface designer Christian Robertson, done entirely in-house for Google, at Google.
Roboto is a neo-grotesque sans-serif typeface family developed by Google as the system font for its Android operating system. Google describes the font as "modern, yet approachable" and "emotional". The font is licensed under the Apache license. The entire font family was officially made available for free download on January 12, 2012, on the newly launched Android Design website.
It was released for the first time in 2011 with Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. Compared to Android's previous system font, the humanist sans-serif design Droid, it adopts a more stark grotesque design with oblique styles rather than true italics, and a wider range of weights.
The font is the default on the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. It has been announced that the font will be the default font in XBMC, a free and open source media player.
Since 15 May 2013, it is also the default font of Google+ and Google Play, and is used in Google Maps.
From Google Web Fonts:
"Roboto has a dual nature. It has a mechanical skeleton and the forms are largely geometric. At the same time, the font features friendly and open curves. While some grotesks distort their letterforms to force a rigid rhythm, Roboto doesn’t compromise, allowing letters to be settled into their natural width. This makes for a more natural reading rhythm more commonly found in humanist and serif types.
"This is the normal family, which can be used alongside the Roboto Condensed family and the Roboto Slab family.
“Updated January 14 2015:”
“Christian Robertson and the Material Design team unveiled the latest version of Roboto at Google I/O last year...”
“If you have installed the fonts on your computer, please download them again and re-install.”
This distribution archive:
This distribution archive includes the updated versions of the Roboto (Normal), Roboto Condensed and Roboto Slab families. The 'normal' Roboto family, Regular font style is how this font distrbution archive is sampled/previewed, but all of the families are available in this archive and they do go well together, but offer vastly different styles and weights.
This archive was downloaded from the Font-Journal: