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Happy World Emoji Day!

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Happy World Emoji Day!

To celebrate, we’re launching emoji combos in Dango!

If you haven’t already tried Dango, our new artificially intelligent personal emoji assistant app, you can try it here. If you’re not in an English-speaking country, that Play Store download won’t work for you yet, but you can download the APK here.

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The Minuum Team

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Dango: Emoji and GIF prediction using deep learning ???

Hey Minuum emoji lovers,

We’ve just announced a new project that we’ve been working on, called Dango. If you’re interested in machine learning, emoji, or GIFs, you’ll want to check out this article about how our new algorithms work: http://getdango.com/emoji-and-deep-learning.html

About a year ago, we were deeply inspired by the response to the first version of Minuum’s emoji predictions. After some initial research and development, we started to dream about the wider potential of using artificial intelligence to understand the meaning of your messages. We decided to keep this project confined to a separate app, for the sake of you purists who appreciate Minuum’s minimalism – but we’re open to suggestions about how much of emoji and GIF prediction you’re interesting in seeing in the future.

For now, if you or your friends are interested in faster access to emoji and GIFs, just give Dango for Android a try!

And finally, now that we have Dango out the door, you can expect a long-awaited update or two for Minuum in the near future.

– Will Walmsley
Co-founder, Whirlscape Inc.

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Mini Mode Mods, Speed Improvements, A *New Emoji* And More!

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There’s a new version of Minuum available now for iOS! In this update you’ll notice that mini mode has better dictionary support. You can now press and drag left or right for more precise character selection, reducing the need to switch to full mode to pick a specific letter. We have modified the suggestion bar to improve what is shown and when. Furthermore, based on user requests we have added a comma to landscape mode.

On top of the above changes, we’ve tweaked Minuum to give it better tap and gesture recognition. You should also notice an improvement in speed overall. Last, but definitely not least, we’ve added the vulcan salute emoji. Sochya eh dif! 🖖To get the update, click here, the image of Spock below or visit App Store > Updates on your iPhone.

Live long and prosper.

 

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

 

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Easier Hashtags, New Numbers Layout, Advanced Character Options And A Bug Fix

Update Minuum for Android to version 3.4 today for some great new changes. Most importantly, we’ve reorganized the number and symbols into two layers: a numbers layer with larger, easier to use buttons and a second advanced symbols layer.

New and improved punctuation layouts

You’ll also notice that Minuum automatically switches back from the numbers or symbols layer to the letters layer when you type a space or hit enter. You can disable this behaviour under “Minuum settings->Experimental & Advanced->Switch to letters on space”.

Minuum now simplifies typing email addresses, URLs and hashtags. The comma button to the left of the spacebar now switches to become “#”, “@”, “.com” depending on where you are typing.

New smart punctuation button left of the spacebar

We’ve also added an advanced option to hide the alternate character hints displayed above letters, giving your keyboard a more minimal look. You can find this settings under “Minuum settings->Experimental & Advanced->Alternate character hints”.

Wow such minimal

Finally we’ve squashed a bug that made the current word you’re typing get miss-corrected if you switch between full and mini mode. And on the topic of bugs, we’ve made it easier to send us support emails. If you want to let us know about a technical issue or a feature request, just open “Minuum Settings” and tap “Get Support”. Pressing this button automatically opens an email to support@minuum.com and adds in your device info so we can help you faster!

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

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Performance improvements and new emoji skin tones!

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We’ve got a new iPhone version of Minuum for you! Update today to see improvements in how Minuum’s animations work and for an overall boost in speed. This update also contains support for those great new emoji that just came out with iOS 8.3. You can now long press on certain emoji to see a variation in skin tone. Not sure which ones have this option? Not a problem! We’ve added a small triangle beside the emoji that allow a change in skin tone. To get the update, click the button below or visit App Store > Updates on your iPhone.

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

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Minuum Is On Sale Because We’re Making It Rain Emoji ☔️

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It’s been one month since we launched Minuum’s Smart Emoji feature and we’re very happy with the response from you, our users. Since this feature has been added, we’ve seen an overall ~25% increase in emoji usage while using our keyboard.

That’s right, that means that over the past month, 2 MILLION emoji were sent and received because of Minuum! To celebrate all the extra emoji love we’ve decided to go on sale on both Android and iPhone. Click the buttons below to grab Minuum for half price!

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Improved Autocorrect, More Emoji Control And Bug Fixes

blogpostToday, we’ve released a new version of Minuum. This update brings a major overall improvement to our already awesome autocorrect. You should now see more accurate predictions and even easier sloppy typing. The update also includes bug fixes that should resolve a few issues that came up in our last update (sorry about that!) The next addition you’ll find is a much requested feature; we’ve included the # symbol to our keyboard for easy hashtags when you’re using apps like Twitter and Slack. Lastly, you can now disable our Smart Emoji feature if you’re not into that sort of thing.

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

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Smart Emoji And New Themes – Now On Android And iPhone

Minuum for iPhone With New Themes And Smart Emoji

 

We’ve been hard at work optimizing and building features for Minuum since we added Smart Spacing to our keyboard. Now, we’re happy to share updates with both our Android and iPhone users. Download or update Minuum today to get performance improvements, bug fixes and two great new features – Smart Emoji and new themes! Once you’ve updated, take a look under themes in Minuum Settings to find fun new theme packs like Colour Blur, Natural, Rhombus and Geometric.

New Themes On Minuum For Android

 

Smart Emoji is a feature that will ensure you always have the right emoticon at your finger tips. Our analysis of hundreds of millions of messages containing emoji has given Minuum the ability to predict what kind of emoji you want; eliminating the need to search through odd categories to find the emoticon you were looking for. If you’d like to know more about what went into making this feature, click here to check out the first part of our Exploring Emoji series.

For a full list of what has changed in this update, check out the what’s new section on our App Store and Play Store listings. 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 an Android user.

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Exploring Emoji: The Quest for the Perfect Emoticon

Emoji are about more than just being cute, or funny; they’re a way of expressing tone and mood, clarifying sarcasm and softening harsh replies. People are always finding new ways to use emoji, forever in search of the perfect emoji for any given situation. Take “camping”, for example: you might already know about the “tent” emoji, but digging deeper reveals many more that capture the nuances of what you love most about camping:

The Perfect Emoji for Camping

We dove deep into hundreds of millions of messages containing emoji, to uncover the fundamentals of how emoji are used:

The fundamentals of emoji structure; this is how people use emoji!

The problem is that emoji keyboards are horrifically inconvenient. People don’t have time to browse through hundreds (soon thousands) of miscategorizated emoji, and most people aren’t even aware of half the emoji they have available to them. Too many people limit themselves to the occasional single smiley face, and stop there.

So how can we bring the full potential of emoji to users who don’t have time to explore? How can we make emoji easier?

Minuum saves you from the pains of scrolling through miscategorized lists of emoji

With massive data processing of real emoji use (more detail to come in upcoming posts, I promise!), we’re building hyper-intelligent algorithms that give you the perfect set of emoji for every situation, immediately.

Minuum’s new emoji suggestions can be used as search, translation, and prediction, all wrapped-up into the core typing experience. It’s about quick access to the emoji you need, but most importantly, it’s about serendipity. Whether you’re discovering a single emoji, or a set of emoji that work well together, we’ll constantly surprise you with emoji you didn’t even know you wanted.

Here are examples of some fun combinations created from the first version of Minuum’s smart emoji suggestions:

Example of Minuum Smart Emoji Predictions

As we constantly learn from how you use emoji, the palette of suggestions will evolve until you hopefully never need to dig through emoji categories again.

You can try for yourself: Minuum’s smart emoji suggestions are available today for Android on Google Play, and for beta testers on iOS (you can sign up for our iOS mailing list to be notified when this feature becomes publicly available in the next week or two). As always, we’d love to hear your feedback @minuum, and stay tuned for more in this series on emoji exploration.

Smart Emoji is the first of many innovations that we have planned here at Minuum as we continue our long journey of applying semantic analysis, natural language processing, and machine learning to make mobile input better.

Side By Side iPhone 6+ Nexus 5 with Minuum Emoji Predictions

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Minuum For Android: Adaptive Themes

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Have you gotten a chance to try our adaptive theme on Android yet? To activate it go to Minuum Settings > Keyboard Theme > Adaptive. This feature works on any device running Android 5.0 and changes colour to match which app you’re using and works with any app using material design. Tweet your thoughts on this new feature to @minuum and email us at support@minuum.com if you have any questions for us.

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