Initial Thoughts on Google Offering Droid for @font-face Use

My initial thoughts on Google offering a hosted version of Droid:

This is more an extension of their mobile play than getting into the font hosting.

    Here’s why:

  • The Android handsets only display the Droid family of fonts.
  • Google’s stated a number of times they’re serious about being successful in mobile.
  • Google is a web app company – not a native-software-on-the-device company (i.e. Apple, Microsoft).
  • By offering a hosted version of Droid – they’ve made it much easier for their internal teams to simulate what their web apps (i.e. Google Docs, Calendar, etc) will look like on Android devices w/o needing to actually use a phone.

Of course, I reserve the right to change my position when I see Google hosting something other than Droid. ๐Ÿ™‚

Update – I’m now changing my position ๐Ÿ˜€
This guide explains how to use the Google Font API to add web fonts to your pages. As I mentioned on the Kernest blog – this is a huge win for openly licensed fonts.