I want Chrome for Android to recognize the Verdana font on a Nexus 10. That's it. Currently, it only seems to recognize Arial, Open Sans, Times New Roman, and a couple of fixed width fonts. All of these fonts are just terrible, and I'm left baffled by why Google would make such a tiny number of fonts available.

Is there a solution to this that does not involve rooting? I've spent a few hours in the app store and looking it up online and I haven't been able to find anything.

(Ideally, I'd like to be able to also change the default fonts for Chrome for Android; but that's likely more impossible and is far less important to me.)


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Verdana is a proprietary font. Although Microsoft once released it as a part of Core fonts for the Web, they didn't allow to repackage it with other products, and then shut the whole project down.

Android has its own Roboto font.

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    This doesn't answer either of my questions, which remain valid because it is legal to download and use Verdana as an end-user. Roboto is not a substitute because "Verdana" will default to Arial (or something that looks very much like Arial). Commented Jul 9, 2015 at 2:45
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    Yeah, sorry for that. I wasn't sure, if you are doing that just for yourself, or as a publicly available thing. What I would do in this case, is taking Verdana as a web font, changing the default user agent stylesheet for Chromium and rebuilding it myself. Commented Jul 9, 2015 at 17:12

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