Share this Story

Download: Roboto Font from Ice Cream Sandwich

During last night’s Ice Cream Sandwich event, a new font was introduced into the lives of tech geeks everywhere. Roboto is what Google wants to call it. Supposedly built with the mindset of being “modern, yet approachable.” All we know, is it looks nice on a small screen and also blown up big like you are seeing up top. The folks over at XDA have done with it as they always do by making it available to all of you.

We have a flashable Clockwork zip, along with the font files for your PC. An added bonus has also been tossed in for Samsung phone owners that know about FlipFont.

Files and screenshots of the new font in action after the break.   

Downloads: Flashable Zip | Fonts for PCs | FlipFont apk



*Note – so the picture on the right is the FlipFont apk installed. From what I can tell now – and some of you have pointed out – it’s not fully Roboto. The R is different than what you are seeing up top. It’s essentially just a more polished version of Helvetica (which is the default Samsung font).

Via:  XDA, 2

Cheers Peter and Nideda24!

  • Neither one shows Roboto. In the first left screenshot you see Helvetica, as well as in the text field of the third screenshot (left side). The second picture (right side) shows the font Droid and the keyboard in both, the third and the fourth picture show also Droid.

    Roboto appears nowhere in these screenshots.

    Roboto has open small “e” letters (lower line is open) and closed “s”, like in Helvetica.

  • Font Installer from the Market works too if you are rooted. It already has Roboto as one of the included fonts. 

  • I’ve flashed this several times on my Thunberbolt running CM7.1.1. It keeps telling me download complete but when I reboot my phone, the font is still stock Droid Sans. Is there anything special that I need to do after flashing it? I have no idea why it isn’t working.

  • Bigsike

    Crap can’t remember where do you put the zip file for Windows?

  • Sts86gt

    Installed this font along with the ICS wallpaper pack on my OG Droid and I am loving it.

  • I cannot get this to flash to my Droid X.

  • Sts86gt

    I just installed the Galaxy Nexus wallpaper pack and the Roboto font on my OG Droid and it is kickin major ass! I love it ,you guys are incredible.Thanks a million.

  • What is the font used on the left side?!?

  • FortitudineVincimus

    This font looks GREAT on my OG Droid!

  • Okay, cool. Now get me ICS on my Incredible 2 so I can not feel so bad about having to wait a bit for the Nexus.

  • Anonymous

    Along with this font, did anyone else get the impression from the event that ICS has taken some inspiration from Microsoft’s “Metro” design style? I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all, just curious if others felt the same way.

  • GetGood

    Where is the iPhone troller, surprised I haven’t seen him yet.  He has been unsurprisingly absent.

  • Anonymous

    Ok, its a little bit bolder, and a tiny bit more refined, thats about it.  I mean you really have to look at the font to see a major difference IMHO!!!

    Anyone else see a MAJOR difference in the font??  Just sayin

  • Domo Arigato DL!

  • Droid X Fm

    How do I install this on my Droid X?

    • Droid X Fm

      No help from anyone. Thanks a lot! (sarcasm)

  • If you happen to use JRummy’s ROM Toolbox, it already has the Roboto font. So no need to install Font Changer and download these, just hit up his app.

    • Joe Peluso

      Thanks for the heads up! Super easy install.. 

  • have it now. although its very similar it does look pretty nice 

  • A.M.

    Roboto is on the right? It looks chubbier, too bolded, less elegant. Uch, I’d love to have a serif font like Garamond as my default.

  • Working fine on my CM7 TB.

    • babadush

      I flashed it on my thunderbolt cm7. Didn’t work from what I’m seeing. Do I have to change it in the settings?

      • PSU_DI

        I flashed it on my thunderbolt running BAMF and I do notice the difference.  I’m actually very pleased with the new font.

      • not sure. Honestly I can’t even tell the difference. lol

  • EC8CH

    Hey Kellex…

    I think you’ve got your photos mixed up.

    Check out the “R” in the headline.  It matches with the “This would be text without Roboto”.

    • I rather wish you were right, but look at the google  ‘g’ in the roboto column.  Look familiar?

      • EC8CH

        that’s what I thought at first too, that they included the google “g” in roboto.

        But check out the “R” from the post Title.  If that truely is Roboto, then the images on the left match that “R”.

        Droid-Life, please confirm 🙂

        • PSU_DI

          I installed the patch and the image on the right is the text I’m seeing.  It looks like the tittle is actually in the wrong font.

        • nevermind

    • John

      I’m rocking 2.3.5 on my OG Droid, and my font is definitely the same as the pic on the right, meaning they have the images reversed.  

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, I really like how it looks simple, clean…very nice looking, etc.

    Downloading now!

  • boring

    Ariel bold ? Just what I need another font. Yawn zzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZ

  • FortitudineVincimus

    I’ll take it

  • Great.  A new font.  Now may we please see the peripherals?  Lapdock?  An explaination for the 3 dots on the side?  What do they interface with?  Will inductive charging be available?

    • babadush

      3 dots are for charging

      • Not charging through the USB port?  Is this so that it fits in and out of docks better?

        • babadush

          From what I understand its just contact charging. Like a MacBook

        • EC8CH

          Nexus 1 had the same thing.  Yes it prevents you from having to plug into the usb post constantly to dock. As someone who uses docks alot, I think it’s a great feature myself.  They even got the orientation right this time…. landscape docks FTW!

    • Anonymous

      they did explain it… it was for quick docking… they called it pogo pins so put it in a dock will be easy *to put on the dock and remove…* as for inductive… if they don’t a) i’d be surprised and b) someone else likely would make an after market cover

  • jbonics

    I’m not downloading it but this is the reason I navigate to droidlife ten times a day. Get tired of murdering little kids on XBL go to droidlife oooooooooh INSTANT GRATIFICATION. cough. snack. Smile. Oh and warning: if you do download new font don’t brag about it, don’t be that guy.

    • Kixofmyg0t


    • You just defined a loser.

    • misouka

      Dude, I just downloaded new font! So. Flippin. Awesome. Can anyone tell me how to install it?

  • Worm

    The font from the lock screen shots (Clock) is the font that I really wanted and thanks to the XDA d/l I finally got it. It’s called, aptly enough, AndroidClock.ttf. It looks AMAZING on my TB

  • kerrhome

    FlipFont apk downloaded as FlipFont zip.  How do I install that on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1?

    • FortitudineVincimus

      change .zip to .apk and sideload?

      • kerrhome

        Tried that.  Didn’t work. Didn’t recognize the format of the apk.  Thanks for the suggestion though.

    • Here it is: http://forum.xda-developers.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=754206&d=1319022797  DROID-LIFE YOU HAVE A BAD LINK for the apk

  • JP

    Domo arigatou, Mr. Roboto.  Himitsu koshi mitai!

  • jose cardona

    Does anyone else wonder why they even made a big deal about this font? And they were all excited about it too.

    • Kixofmyg0t

      Because the Galaxy Nexus will come with it…..therefor it’s “THE BEST FONT EVER”.

      Oh and it has NFC and this font’s bootloader is unlocked……

    • FortitudineVincimus

      Yeah, I was a bit surprised.. They acted like it was the driving force behind all that ICS is.

  • Looks nice on my OG Droid.

  • AVW

    The font on the left is Roboto.  

    • Anonymous

      I think you are correct.

    • EC8CH

      I think they messed up. Check out the “R” from the post title and compare it to the text entry box in the last pics.  The left image definitely matches the title even though it says it is “without” Roboto.

      • Anonymous

        OK so I used the FlipFont apk since I have an SGS2, and it’s definitely not true Roboto. Because the font on the right is the Roboto FlipFont and you are right, wrong R in there. Weird.

      • Matthew Rosidivito

        Better yet, compare the “S” from the title to the “S” in the word “Sound”. I’d say it’s pretty conclusive that the left is Roboto.

    • DT

      Agreed. The R gives it away.

  • Billy Jenkins

    I’d really like a full ICS rom for my thunderbolt. The gingerbread rom I have now is getting boring.

    • Anonymous


  • EC8CH

    domo arigato mr…..

  • Nideda24

    Can’t wait to see what else we can pull from the SDK

  • Love it!

  • Nate Surber

    This made my day.

  • EC8CH

    I see the Google style lower case g made it into Roboto 🙂

    • James Adam

      true didnt notice that the first time

      • EC8CH

        I actually think Kellex mixed up the images… Roboto is on the Left not the right.

        Check out the “R” from the headline… it matches the images on the left not the right.

  • Anonymous

    Hmm, I liked Roboto in the stream yesterday, but I actually prefer the one on the left in this post.

    • James Adam

      same here… dunno why

      • EC8CH

        because the one of the left actually is Roboto 🙂

    • John Jones


    • John

      yea, it’s strange.. 

  • Rob Meyer

    Maybe im just font impaired, but there isnt anything that would constitute a ground breaking difference here.

    • EC8CH

      you probably use Comic Sans 😛

      • Rob Meyer

        more like arial ; )

        • EC8CH

          cheap Windows knockoff of Helvetica 😛

  • Kianjudah

    Nice!!! Then only thing that will make Roboto better is when I’m seeing it on my GNex!!!

    • Anonymous

      Ditto! +1!!

  • Anonymous

    Nice – so pumped for ICS!