For example, this user when displayed in the Android app doesn't show the ǝ character properly in the username:


This happens in their profile and on posts.

Android app version 1.0.18 on Samsung Galaxy S3 and Android version 4.1.2.

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    Doubt it's bug in the app code, more likely the device itself doesn't have the font. Mar 4, 2014 at 9:44
  • You may be right - I just checked with Chrome and Internet browsers and it has the same issue. Mar 4, 2014 at 9:47
  • Maybe you can install the fonts yourself, see this. Most the team here can do is strip out those characters, and doubt it's a good solution. Mar 4, 2014 at 9:49
  • @ShadowWizard can app provide a font? If so, then even if it's not the app's fault, app could solve it...
    – Mołot
    Mar 4, 2014 at 10:34
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    @Mołot good point! Looks like it's possible indeed. Mar 4, 2014 at 10:36
  • I wasn't expecting to see my own avatar when searching for something! (I wasn't searching for this though... Google Fu is leaving me!) Jan 4, 2015 at 18:34
  • @ben Ha, great! Jan 4, 2015 at 19:02

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It looks like the version of Roboto delivered on Android phones (keep in mind different versions of the OS supply different versions of Roboto and different subsets of it...) including my 4.4 testing device don't include this character, the schwa.

The version of Roboto I have downloaded locally from the Google design guide includes it, but it's a serious amount of effort to put in extra fonts on android devices, we're doing it some places already but I really don't want to do it everywhere just to fix this.

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