iOS

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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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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One-handed mode, keyboard shortcuts, and better autocorrect!

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With a new year comes a new version of Minuum for iPhone. Update today to get even better autocorrect in English, one-handed mode for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, more customization options, lowercase mode, bug fixes and more!

English speakers will see a big improvement to our autocorrect. We’ve upgraded our algorithm and added a bunch of new word combinations to increase the quality of Minuum’s predictions. This update also adds the ability to switch languages faster by long pressing the globe button, and at the request of some users we’ve made the emoji button optional. Minuum now also understands names that are in your contact list!

If you have an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, you’re going to love these new features made for your large screen. Minuum now has a new super mini design for landscape typing, which is both more functional and more ergonomic. It works great in both full and mini mode so you can always maximize how much of your screen you can see while you type.

Those aren’t the only features we’ve included for iPhone 6 Plus users, either. As you can see in the image above, we’ve also added one handed mode! This feature will hopefully save the day next time you’re trying to multitask on your phone and in real life. No need to worry, lefties! It works for either hand. We’ve designed the layout to be the width of the iPhone 5 screen, so you’ll have no problem making the transition.

For a full list of what’s changed in this update, please click here check out the what’s new section on our App Store listing. 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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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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