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Welcome to Android Developers Backstage, a podcast by and for Android developers. Hosted by developers from the Android platform team, this show covers topics of interest to Android programmers, with in-depth discussions and interviews with engineers on the Android team at Google.

Jan 14, 2015

Tor and Chet talk with Raph Levien from the Android UI Toolkit team, who works on font technology for Android. The conversation wanders freely into areas such as Raph's creation of the Inconsolata font, his work on Ghostscript, and tinkering he's done with audio latency and Android synthesizer apps. Oh, and we also talk about fonts, including some big improvements to font support in the Android 5.0 Lollipop release.

We also learned some new terminology along the way: glitch (the audio equivalent of jank in the graphics and UI world) and pangram (a sentence that contains every letter of the alphabet). So, bonus points for educational content.

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