The Droid family of fonts was designed by Ascender’s Steve Matteson beginning in the fall of 2006. The goal was to provide optimal quality and comfort on a mobile handset. The Droid fonts were optimized for use in application menus, web browsers and for other screen text. Ascender Corporation worked closely with Google and the Open Handset Alliance to develop these system fonts for the Android platform.
Droid Serif, Droid Sans and Droid Sans Mono provide users of handsets with highly legible text for use with User Interfaces. Each font contains extensive character set coverage including Western Europe, Eastern/Central Europe, Baltic, Cyrillic, Greek and Turkish support. The Droid Sans regular font also includes support for Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Japanese and Korean support for the GB2312, Big 5, JIS 0208 and KSC 5601 character sets respectively in the Simplified Chinese writing style.
Ascender is continuing to develop the Droid font family. We are designing new weights and styles, support for additional languages and scripts, new OpenType typographic features and enhanced character set support.
Ascender is working with Open Handset Alliance members and other partners to modify and customize the Droid fonts.
Handset manufacturers and carriers requiring CJK fonts with a reduced memory footprint have the option of licensing the DigiType Compact Asian solution which has been enabled on the Android platform. DigiType Compact Asian is a proprietary, scalable font system which significantly reduces the file size of Asian fonts while still providing excellent screen legibility and performance.