Google Android 4.0: Roboto Sure Looks Like Helvetica

If you’re like me and have any background at all in publishing, you probably had the same reaction I did when Google execs this week unveiled Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in Hong Kong — showcasing it on the first ICS device, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone. Roboto looks eerily like the san-serif Helvetica, a typeface typically used for headlines. (Usually, a serif face like Times New Roman is in the body text.)

The folks at noticed the similarity, too, and came up with the below animation. Click to stop the animation at any point to compare. Thanks, understatement. GroovyNews reporter Seth Heringer, who found this cool comparison, contributed to this piece.

Roboto vs Helvetica

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