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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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Minuum on Puls

We’re very excited to announce our partnership with Puls! Puls is a new smartband from will.i.am. While the device uses voice control in a similar way to Android Wear, it relies on Minuum for text input. It was just announced today, but more details will be released in the near future. Learn more about the Puls Smartband here: http://will.i.ampuls

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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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Minuum 2.12

Planning the future of Minuum

Today we’re rolling out Minuum 2.12. In this release you’ll see the following changes:

Suppressed feedback when resizing keyboard – Some people had mentioned that switching from full to mini mode would accidentally cause letters to be input mid-gesture. This modification should fix this issue.

Done button for languages – We have improved the process of setting up languages by adding a done button to the process.

Deleting no longer autocorrects old words – Now when you delete characters at the end of a previously typed word, it doesn’t get corrected as you type.

Bug fix: remove from dictionary pop-up – We fixed a bug which caused users to unexpectedly get a pop-up asking to remove a word from the dictionary.

Space bar update – We have improved the reliability of the space bar.

To manually download Minuum 2.12, click here for the free version and here for the paid version.

That’s all for this update. As always, let us know what you think and email support@minuum.com 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 2.11 and Quick Tips

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Today we’re rolling out Minuum 2.11. This release contains the following changes:

Floating mode – Pictured above, this feature lets you freely resize and move the keyboard around the screen. This is ideal for tablet users and people who want to type with one hand.

Compact mode – Similar to floating mode, compact mode will let you dock the keyboard to different places around the screen.

Double space for period advanced setting – This is an option for users to modify how periods work when double tapping the space bar.

Removed layer and mode switch buttons from shift menu – We have streamlined the shift menu to have less choices so we can reduce clutter. The removed buttons have been moved to Minuum Settings.

To manually download the update, click here for the free version and here for the paid version.


Minuum Quick Tips:

For users who want to get the most out of their Minuum experience, we are starting to release short tutorial videos. They are made to highlight specific features and gestures you can perform that might not have been immediately obvious to the average user. Check out our first one below!

That’s all for this update. As always, let us know what you think and email support@minuum.com if you are having any issues. Help us spread the word via TwitterGoogle+ and Facebook!

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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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100 Billion Pixels Saved!

Minuum is on sale at 50% off for a week, to celebrate a very special milestone… As of today, Minuum users have reclaimed over 100 billion pixels of screen space!

 

100 Billions Pixels Saved

 

But what does this mean?

You get to see much more of your screen when using Minuum, because it takes up fewer pixels than other keyboards do. Bring together a few hundred thousand users, and we’ve reached savings of over 100 billion pixels.

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If you haven’t yet given Minuum a try, see what you’re missing by downloading the on-sale version for your Android device before it’s too late!

If you’ve already used the free version of Minuum, we’ll also be giving out 15-day free trial extensions, so be sure to update to version 2.10.1 to receive yours.

 

Calculations Explained

If you’re curious about the stats behind our calculations, read on!

Let’s understand where that “100 billion” number comes from… for starters, it’s cool to see the distribution of phone sizes across all Minuum users (310,000 people in total):

Device Width histogram

Minuum is mostly used on 1080-pixel-wide phones, especially the Nexus 5, Galaxy S4, and Galaxy Note 3 devices.

Here’s what Minuum looks like on a Nexus 5 device compared with the stock Google keyboard:

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Compared to the stock keyboard, Minuum saves 1080 * 454 = 490,320 pixels on each of those phones (on a 720-pixel screen, it’s closer to 250,000 pixels).

However, note that some users go wild with configuring Minuum’s size, making it as tiny as possible – on a Nexus 5, the tiniest Minuum saves 622,000 pixels!

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About 50% of users do choose to keep the space bar enabled; in their case, only about 330,000 pixels are saved.

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Altogether, accounting for the number of each different combination of device size and settings, our 310,000 users average a savings of about 325,000 pixels each, for a grand total of over 100 billion pixels!

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If you’re curious about the fun stats about what 100 billion pixels would mean when broken down into numbers of selfies, messages, twitter avatars, and emoji icons, then consult the following data guide:

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N.B.: If you’re wondering about how we get anonymous information about things like device size across all users, that’s collected in a standard way via Google Analytics and Mixpanel (we do this to improve the keyboard experience by better understanding how people use it). It’s worth noting that we’re careful not to collect information about what you have typed; we only collect anonymized stats on how people use keyboard features. If we ever consider collecting typing data in the future (for instance, to enable a dictionary cloud sync feature), we’ll first give you the option as to whether you want to opt-in to that service. Check out our privacy policy at minuum.com/data for our official stances on the matter.

 

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