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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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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”.

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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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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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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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Smart spacing, multilingual typing, bug fixes and more!

The response to Minuum 3.0 for Android has been fantastic, but this is just the beginning. Today, we’re releasing our first Android update of 2015! It includes smarter autocorrect, more control over multilingual typing and updated themes.

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As you can see from the screenshot above, we now have a feature called smart spacing. This means that next time you’re typing and you miss the space bar, our autocorrect will figure out that you’re trying to say two words instead of one. In the example above you’ll see that ptetyyfreat gets corrected to pretty great. This update also makes multilingual typing even easier. In Minuum Settings you will find a new option called Multi-lang layout. Now, you can choose whichever keyboard layout makes sense for the languages you speak. Lastly, we have restored the flat black and flat white themes at the request of multiple users. To learn about all the changes in this update click the button below to check us out on the Play Store.

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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Material Design. Multilingual support. Minuum 3.0 for Android is here!

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The wait is over! Minuum 3.0 for Android is the big update we’ve been working on for the past few months, with major improvements to our autocorrect and a hotly requested multilingual typing mode. Our update has tons of new themes to celebrate full Android Lollipop support. New material design themes, textured themes, Christmas themes, and special adaptive Lollipop themes that change colour depending on the app that you’re in! We’re also throwing in an update to Minuum for Android Wear later today, so make sure you’re signed up for our smart watch mailing list.

Note that multilingual support is now available as an experimental setting; for many combinations of English with single other languages we’ve had delightful results, but note that it won’t necessarily work perfectly with all combinations of languages.

Our new keyboard themes are just the beginning, with plenty more themes to come! This release showcases a mixture of Material Design themes, as well as designs borrowed from our iOS version of Minuum. The new adaptive themes include a chameleon mode (thanks Patrick for the suggestion), which changes colour to match the app that you’re typing in, and a day/night theme which changes colour over the course of the day. Let us know if you have other themes you want to see.

We’re in the middle of some deep improvements with our algorithms, and the first stage of this work is released with 3.0. This update drastically improves corrections for English typing, including better vocabulary for first-time users who haven’t yet had a chance for Minuum to learn from their personal typing style. Stay tuned for even more deep autocorrect improvements!
 

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Minuum 2.15: New tutorial, emoji and bug fixes

lang-emojiWith the latest version of Minuum we’re striving making emoji faster and easier to access. In addition we’ve got a number of important bug fixes and behind the scenes performance improvements.

Tutorial

We’ve snuck some tweaks and polish into the tutorial in this release. In particular, the tutorial now knows your chosen system language. Also, you’ll notice we’ve added some fun new animations!

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Emoji

As of this version of Minuum, the bonus panel shortcut (the ★ character) has been replaced with an emoji shortcut (the ☺). This is a first step towards making emoji more easy and fun to use. You can still manage and enable your bonus panels under Minuum Settings -> Experimental & Advanced -> Show bonus panels/Choose enabled bonus panels.

Other improvements and bug fixes

  1. The Language & layout manager has been redesigned and reorganized in this release
  2. The “ö” character is now correctly placed in the Swedish keyboard layout
  3. Turning off animations under Minuum Settings -> Experimental & Advanced -> Enable Animation now also hides gesture feedback (also known as action bubbles.) This means you won’t see any animation or feedback when you perform the gestures for space, enter, delete and voice/language.
  4. Fixed a serious issue in web text fields where deleting a character inserted a new copy of the word.
  5. We’ve further reduced the memory usage of our engine.

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 about our awesome keyboard! Want to stay on top of Minuum news and announcements? Click here to join our mailing list.

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