Minuum keyboard hits Google Play in beta form

Whirlscape Minuum keyboardDo you remember Minuum, the software keyboard billed as “the little keyboard for big fingers.” After raising over CA$87,000 on Indiegogo earlier this year, the Toronto-based developer released the first beta to project backers earlier this summer and is now back and nearly ready for prime time. It is now available on Google Play as a public beta release.

Minuum has effectively completely redesigned the keyboard and transformed it into a single line layout that actually allows imprecise typing. A predictive algorithm interprets, in real time, “the difference between what you type and what you mean, getting it right even if you miss every single letter.”

Minuum’s design means that the keyboard takes up far less of your screen’s real estate than other keyboards, giving you more space for your conversations or messages. Have a look at the video below to see it in action:

Among the features offered are different keyboard layouts (including QWERTY in a minimized format, QWERTZ, AZERTY and others), a full-sized keyboard mode (for URLs or passwords where precise typing is required), a customizable dictionary and hands-free text entry via Google Voice Typing.

One future feature that Whirlscape is working on is  support for languages other than English. As the number one request from supporters, they say that they’re “on it.”

Minuum is not quite done with its new keyboard. Android devices are but the first step in what it calls a “type anywhere” future.

Minuum will let you type on wearable devices, from smart watches, to game controllers, to devices that haven’t even been invented yet. By supporting the Minuum beta for Android touch-screens and making it better, you help to enable this vision.

Minuum is now available via Google Play for CA$3.99 as a public beta.

Source : Google Play