You ask Chicago Android Developers these things;
1. Can we Load Custom fonts from res/raw?
Their answer is no.(Wrong just have to keep in mind that you want to reduce the font loading to 2.5 megs or less using a static and to cache it properly)
2. Can we set kerning on text?
NO we cannot.(Wrong again, extend textview and use spannable)
This is why I get so pissed off at iphone first because of design as its a sack of shit sold by iphone lazy ass developers who do not know the internals of android.