Noto is a font family designed to cover all the scripts encoded in the Unicode standard. It is designed with the goal of achieving visual harmony (e.g., compatible heights and stroke thicknesses) across multiple languages/scripts. Like Open Sans, it is derived from Droid fonts. Commissioned by Google, the font is licensed under the Apache license.
The font is still under development with plans of supporting all of Unicode 6.2 gradually. As of March 2015, 98 fonts were available for download.
Origin of Noto name
When text is rendered by a computer, sometimes there will be characters in the text that can not be displayed, because no font that supports them is available to the computer. When this occurs, small boxes are shown to represent the characters. In slang those small boxes have sometimes been called "tofu". Noto as in no tofu, aims to remove tofu from the Web. This is how the Noto font families got their name.
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- "Noto Font". Retrieved July 8, 2013.