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Do Androids Dream of Beautiful Typefaces?

One thing we know the Google Phone is going to do (and chances are it will do a lot) is display text with a pretty little font called Droid.

Ascender Corporation, a founding member of the Open Handset Alliance, has released a five-page type specimen for Droid, the set of fonts to be used by the Android mobile operating system.

The early consensus is that designers are ga-ga over Droid. It comes in serif, sans serif, monospace and even versions for non-Roman languages like Chinese. Best of all, it’s an Apache licensed font, so you can grab it for free as part of the Android tarball (After downloading, go to the "fonts" directory).

Picture courtesy of Ascender Corp.