Author: Will Walmsley

Minuum gets Emoji and more themes! ☺

Download or update Minuum for iOS today to get emoji, new color themes and did we mention EMOJI?! That’s right, you can now tap the smiley face beside the spacebar to access emoji without leaving Minuum. The new emoji panel is bigger than the one you’re used to, so you can see more and find what you’re looking for faster. On top of that, our set of 9 new themes are now higher contrast for easier to see letters and include “business” colors as requested by users @HAL9000r and @StaagG!

This new version also contains various bug fixes and improved autocorrect. We’re always adding new features and improvements to Minuum, so stay tuned for more themes and other fun surprises in the future.

Minuum learns from every word that you type, and now when you accidentally type the wrong word, Minuum automatically unlearns it if you delete that word before you send your message. This update adds a fix for double spacing after tapping a word, so now you can double-tap on the space bar (or double swipe-right) to get ,.!?:;#@…

We’ve also tweaked how things like punctuation and long press gestures work. To see all the improvements we’ve made, click the image above or below to see “What’s New” on our App Store page.

As always, let us know what you think via the social media links below, and email support@minuum.com if you have any issues. Tell your friends to help us spread the word!

 

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Minuum Gives You Full Control of Your Privacy

blog_privacy_wideThe new version of Minuum for iOS gives you more control over your privacy, and how your data is handled.

The problem with Apple’s privacy settings is that they only include one switch for everything: “Full Access” is either on or off, with no in-between. But Full Access is required for simple things like:

– changing settings
– downloading languages
– choosing themes
– enabling keyboard sounds

Clearly, you need more control than this – you need to know that by enabling Full Access for languages and themes, you aren’t also permitting us to collect sensitive information.

We want you to understand that Full Access does not make Minuum collect any typing data. Our new dedicated Privacy Control panel gives you full control over whether you want to share your data, regardless of your Full Access settings.

Just tap on “Privacy Control” in the Minuum app, to find two new options: Share anonymous usage data and Share anonymous typing data. You are welcome to keep these both turned off completely, in which case we will never collect any information about you, your typing, or your usage of Minuum.

We’ve also squashed a few bugs and added in a few user-requested visual modifications with this update. See the app for details!

As always, let us know what you think via the social media links below, and email support@minuum.com if you have any issues. Tell your friends to help us spread the word! Want to stay on top of Minuum news? Click here to join our iOS mailing list and here if you want to keep up with our Android efforts.

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Full Access: Why We Need It

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Recently, we submitted an update of Minuum to the App Store that includes several new themes and languages.

To use any of these new languages and themes, however, you will have to allow Minuum to have something called Full Access. There has been a lot of confusion of exactly what this is, which is reasonable, because it’s seriously confusing and ambiguous. When you go to the settings and attempt to give a keyboard Full Access, you’re shown the following prompt:

Full access allows the developer of this keyboard to transmit anything you type, including things you have previously typed with this keyboard. This could include sensitive information such as your credit card number or street address.

Full Access seems scary because it can be abused. A keyboard app with Full Access enabled has the ability to collect information about what you type. But Full Access does not mean that the app will collect sensitive personal information at all, just that it could if it wanted to. At Minuum, we choose not to.

We’d love to not have to ask for Full Access at all, but Apple unfortunately requires this for some very simple functionality. To understand why, you can think of the Minuum keyboard extension as a separate app from the main Minuum app. The Minuum app is where you can change settings, choose a new keyboard theme, or set up multiple languages. But the keyboard can’t communicate with the main app unless it reads and writes to a shared preferences file, which is only allowed with Full Access.

This restriction makes sense, otherwise a malicious keyboard without full access could still sneak sensitive data into a shared file for the main app to upload to the cloud. It’s a complicated issue, but the fact remains that we’ll need to keep asking for Full Access until Apple figures out a more understandable solution.

We totally get why it would be scary to give an app you’ve used Full Access to a device filled with your personal information. We as app users ask the same questions when we download something new. We take privacy very seriously, and carefully design Minuum with privacy in mind. If you ever have any concerns with our approach to privacy, our privacy policy, or our use of Full Access, please reach out to us at support@minuum.com

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Our Biggest Update Yet: 12 New Languages, Customization, and More

Since our launch on iOS, we’ve received thousands of requests for more languages and themes. The latest version of Minuum is our biggest update yet, with twelve new languages, fifteen new themes, advanced customization options, and plenty of extra little features and fixes. Minuum’s new languages are available on both iOS and Android, both on sale at $0.99 USD (75% off) for a limited time!

Your keyboard themes now include 15 limited edition flags to celebrate our increased language support. Advanced customization settings are available in the Advanced Settings panel on iOS, letting you control sounds, autocorrect, and other keyboard features.

As always, let us know what you think via the social media links below, and email support@minuum.com if you have any issues. Tell your friends to help us spread the word! Want to stay on top of Minuum news? Click here to join our iOS mailing list and here if you’re on Android.

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The future of Minuum: Where we’re headed

 

It has been 4 months since Apple announced they would be opening up their platform to third-party keyboards. As a result, the Minuum team has been working doubly hard to continue to evolve Minuum for Android, while simultaneously building the Minuum keyboard experience for iOS from the ground up.

In the process of rethinking the Minuum experience for iOS, we’ve stumbled upon some fantastic new ideas. We’re now at a point where our Android and iOS apps have slightly different feature sets, but we’ll be working to bring the best aspects of Minuum on each platform into the other.

Our most-requested feature, by far, has been for international language support. With our iPhone keyboard fully up and running, we’re finally ready to release our next major set of language packs: our family of 13 language packs now includes beta versions of Swedish, Polish, Turkish, Czech, and Portuguese (EU), now available for Android users, and available on iPhone in our upcoming update.

With every set of languages, we encounter new challenges; but we’ve now streamlined this process and are looking forward to much faster addition of new languages. In the upcoming months, both Android and iPhone users can expect support for twice as many languages, overall design improvements, deeply improved autocorrect accuracy, and new experimental speed-typing features. We plan on testing and releasing approximately 6 languages every 2 months.

We founded this company to tackle the ongoing problem of typing with mobile devices, on whatever form those devices may take. With both iPhone and Android platforms open to explore, we only have more opportunities to revolutionize what keyboard input can do for you, and we’re excited to explore each as deeply as we can.

While our priority will remain with our hundreds of thousands of smartphone users, we can’t forget the up-and-coming wave of smart watches (and other experimental new platforms). Our applications for Google Glass and Android Wear will remain on hold, pending official third-party keyboard support from Google. With exciting partnerships with wearables like will.i.am’s new Puls smartband, we’ll continue to be on the lookout for interesting opportunities to apply Minuum in new ways.

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New keyboard themes for iPhone!

Download or update Minuum for iOS today to get 12 beautiful new themes. On top of 9 fun and vibrant colours, we’ve also added Space Grey, Silver and Gold themes to match your device!

This update also contains various bug fixes and now includes keyboard sounds. We’ve got big plans for our iOS keyboard and this is just the beginning. Our next update will include several new languages, with more details coming soon.

To get themes on your iPhone, click the button below to download the newest version of Minuum from the App Store, and click the gif above to see a video of the themes in action.

As always, let us know what you think via the social media links below, and email support@minuum.com if you have any issues. Tell your friends to help us spread the word!

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Minuum for iPhone: Available now

The wait is over! Minuum for iOS is finally here. To celebrate joining Apple’s App Store, we are on sale at 50% off for a limited time only. As you can probably imagine, we’re really excited about all the new features that we have planned for the upcoming months. Below you’ll find a video of our new keyboard in action along with a link to buy it.


Like what you see? We would love to hear what you want to see in future versions – tweet at us @minuum to let us know what you think or if you are having any issues. Help us spread the word via TwitterGoogle+ and Facebook!

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Sneak Preview: Minuum for iOS

Frustrated by autocorrect on your iPhone? Do your big fingers make it difficult to type quickly on a touch screen? Fear not, because Minuum for iOS is almost ready. Here’s a sneak preview:

Minuum Keyboard is coming to iOS 8! Sign up at minuum.com/ios

We’ve embraced the design philosophies of iOS to refine Minuum into an elegant typing experience centred around our incredibly powerful autocorrect.

Minuum gives you the best of both worlds with:

  • mini mode with ultra-powered autocorrect for fast, big-fingered, sloppy typing;
  • full keyboard mode for teaching the dictionary new words (autocorrect optional)

Combine that with the additional screen real estate you gain in mini mode, and you’ve got a typing experience like no other.

Sign up today at minuum.com/ios to be the first to try – and don’t forget to let your iOS friends on FacebookTwitter and Google+ know that we’re on our way!

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Minuum for iOS: Full Steam Ahead!

As rumours about the new iPhone announcement circulate around Apple’s scheduled event for September 9, the Minuum team has shifted all gears to be ready for the much anticipated (but still shrouded in mystery) iOS8 public release date. Our team is working very hard to prepare for our iOS launch and we have even added some new members for this specific purpose. We plan to start regularly releasing more tid-bits about our plans for Minuum for iOS8, but we can’t give away too many details just yet. In the meantime we thought we’d introduce you to our team’s latest additions that we brought on to help us get ready for the launch.

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Stewart

Stewart is one super-strong developer and fits in as just another pea in the pod amongst the Minuum team. He is a key resource in building out the core of our iOS8 app as well as ensuring all office furniture gets timely assembled.

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Ira

Ira is our designer extraordinaire, and she will be responsible for many of the exciting design changes you will see to both our Android and iOS apps, website and play/app store collaterals.

 

Iskander

If you have been interacting with us on social media, then you have probably been talking with Iskander (pronounced “Skunder”). Iskander has been responsible for our recent blog posts including the latest fun Android Wear videos and GIFs.

We know we haven’t introduced you to our older core teammates yet either, that will come soon! For now, we wanted to welcome our newest team members by introducing them to our loyal community of fans and users. If you haven’t already, sign up for our iOS8 Mailing List  and let your iOS friends on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ know that we’re on our way!

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Typing Is Evolving On Android Wear

Minuum is encouraging the exploration of how the Android Wear platform can be used. We know that typing on Android Wear has become a controversial topic, but we wholeheartedly understand Google’s vision of quick and context-aware interaction. That is exactly what Minuum is about, if used correctly. While voice recognition can be great, there are still many situations where speaking to your watch may not be ideal. We’re interested to see how developers and watch-wearers can create new types of succinct experiences that wouldn’t otherwise be possible without a keyboard like Minuum, together figuring out which ones make sense and which don’t on the small screen that a watch provides. None of these things would be possible without the kind of recent experimentation that the Android Wear community has been doing.

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Last month, we released a video showcasing Minuum running on an LG G Watch. Our team agrees that just throwing a regular keyboard on a screen that small would be a bad experience for two big reasons; screen space and typing accuracy. Minuum on Android Wear solves the first problem by taking up significantly less of the display and the second by having the same powerful autocorrect algorithm that our tablet and smartphone users currently enjoy. If you’d like to learn more about the algorithm that makes this possible, take a look at this post on our blog.

Since our experimental Android Wear release, developers have created some great apps that wouldn’t have been possible without Minuum. Click the images below to see them on the Play Store.

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You can use our keyboard with these apps by downloading them and installing Minuum. While we want as many people as possible to try our keyboard, keep in mind that at this point, installing Minuum on your smart watch requires experience with the Android SDK. If you’re still interested, follow this link to sign up for our Android Wear email list. Signing up will give you watch specific instructions and a link to the APK. Not all of the watches in the drop-down list are currently supported, but continuing the sign up process will get you an email the moment we get Minuum working on the watch you selected.

You can make an app like this too if you’re a developer, just include a text field in your Wear app if you detect that a system input method is available. As always, let us know your thoughts on all of the above (if you’ve tried those apps, or if you’re making a Wear app that supports typing.)

This is still early days for Android Wear and we at Minuum are very excited for the future. The Minuum Keyboard is just expanding the array of possibilities.

If you’re not a smart watch owner, you can still try Minuum on your Android device. Click here to download it today, and click here to find out the moment we’re available on iOS.

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