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Mobile typing for Android, iOS, etc.

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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Minuum 2.14: Better corrections, 5 new languages, quick loading

IMG_4379Minuum 2.14 was rolled out over the weekend and it includes some major improvements to the Minuum engine. We’re also releasing 5 new languages and making quick language switching is now available on all devices.

Improved autocorrect

This new release of Minuum brings major improvements to our autocorrect in the full keyboard. We’ve completely revamped how we query our suggestions so they are more closely tailored to what you type on the full keyboard.

5 new languages

We’re excited to release beta version of 5 new languages for the Minuum keyboard:

  • Swedish
  • Czech
  • Polish
  • Portugese (Portugal)
  • Turkish

Quick language switching

Fast language switching is now available for on Minuum all devices. After the first boot, Minuum caches all the language data so it can reboot nearly instantaneously the next time. This means that when you long press on the spacebar to switch language Minuum will switch languages immediately. You also enable the language switching gesture under “Minuum Settings->Look & feel->Language switching shortcut”.

Because fast language switching is now available on all devices, we’ve remove the “turbo mode” switch in the experimental settings. As a result Minuum now uses much less RAM for multilingual users.

Bug fixes

  • Emoji category icons have been restored
  • The color of the emoji font has been adjusted to be visible in all themes for users who aren’t using the Minuum custom emoji option
  • Delete button can no longer become stuck and unusable
  • We’ve improved keyboard rendering on smaller devices and fixed rendering issues with the magnified views for cyrillic layouts

 

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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 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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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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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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Minuum 2.10: faster emoji, tutorial improvements and bug fixes

Minuum 2.10 is available today. This release includes a modified tutorial, updated emoji with better performance and bug fixes. Keep reading for details on the changes and help us spread the word via TwitterGoogle+ and Facebook!

Emoji improvements

We have improved the speed and reliability of Minuum’s Emoji panel. Users with certain phones will also notice that their black and white Emoji font has been updated to Google’s Noto emoji font shown in the screenshot below.

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Tutorial update

We’ve made some improvements to the tutorial. If you haven’t seen it or just want a refresher we suggest you give it a try. You may find a feature you’ve never seen before!

Bug fixes

This update also includes some bug fixes. Until now, some users may have experienced a blank space between the spacebar and letters in landscape mode. We’ve also fixed an issue which would cause typed letters to appear in the wrong location when editing some words with punctuation.

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.

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Minuum 2.9: bug fixes, uninstall languages

Minuum 2.9 is here. In this release, we have added the ability to uninstall languages, along with some minor changes and bug fixes. See below for details on the changes and let us know what you think via Twitter, Google+ and Facebook!

Uninstall languages

It is now possible to uninstall languages under “Language & layout”->”Select language and layout”. Just tap the trash icon next to any inactive language to uninstall it. It is not currently possible to uninstall English as it is bundled with the Minuum app.

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Improvements and bug fixes

A quick glow animation has been added to the language indicator (on the spacebar or in the bottom right) to draw your attention and provide visual confirmation that you’ve changed languages. We’ve also improved compatibility with pre Jelly Bean apps. On some older apps the delete and return keys were not working correctly.

Minuum now also displays a consistent font on all screens, even when a custom system font is used.

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Typing on Android Wear

Minuum is the first keyboard to work on Android Wear devices! Here’s a teaser of Minuum running on the LG G watch:

We’ve had oodles of requests for Minuum on Android Wear smart watches – everyone’s looking for a way to quickly reply to messages on their wrist without having to rely on voice typing.

While there aren’t yet many apps on Android Wear built with text fields available for typing, we’re working on changing this – sign up at minuum.com/watch to stay updated.

In case you’re really eager to try Minuum out on your LG G watch or Samsung Gear Live watch immediately, when you sign up at minuum.com/watch we’ll send you installation instructions straight away so that you can try out an early version.

[More details about how our circular design will adapt to the Moto 360 will come out when we get to test on a real Moto 360.]

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Edit 1: Some further thoughts about keyboards on small screens:

For those who remain skeptical, I understand where you’re coming from; a standard keyboard paradigm absolutely would be horrible on a watch. But fortunately, compared to other complex interfaces, the keyboard is uniquely suited to taking advantage of natural language patterns in the same way that voice recognition does.

Keyboards don’t have to suffer from tiny-button syndrome, so long as the keyboard design embraces the expectation of sloppy typing. You can check out our explanation here on why Minuum works the way it does: The Algorithms Behind the Minuum Keyboard.

Edit 2: The vision behind Android Wear

My biggest takeaway from the vision behind Android Wear is the simplification of interfaces to work in a concise way on the wrist. Across all Android Wear applications, the key thing that makes this possible is the Google Now-style approach to using contextual information to strip away unnecessary interface elements.

Some folks have been complaining that the prospect of a keyboard on Android Wear is breaking the vision; and they’d be right if it was any other keyboard. But Minuum has precisely the same goal as the Android Wear platform: simplifying the interface so that it works quickly and without fidgety precision required (see Edit 1 above). If we can make typing amazingly pleasant on smart watch screens, there is plenty of room within the Wear vision for manual natural language input.

We’re chatting with the Wear team, and we’re hoping that the ultimate form of keyboard input would work in a way that fits within the vision of quick interactions in response to card-style notifications on the main screen; I think it’s important that thought be put into this, in case our experiments prove successful.

In the meantime, we are also experimenting with some Wear apps – and they may continue to stir up controversy because they won’t fit perfectly into the Wear paradigm – but we’ll be doing so in the interest of exploration. Let us know on twitter @minuum – and mention me, @w__w, if you have further thoughts on the matter.

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