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Minuum Keyboard Finally Arrives in Beta Tomorrow for Backers

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Remember Minuum, the keyboard for “delightfully fast sloppy typing” that took off as an Indiegogo campaign back in March? It will finally be available tomorrow as a beta for backers of the project. The Minuum team sent out an email confirmation moments ago, detailing the beta test taking place through Google Play, which we would also assumes means through a Google+ group or community. 

For those not familiar, Minuum takes the traditional smartphone keyboard and squashes it into a single row. It still carries the traditional QWERTY layout, it just does so without taking up screen real estate. And that’s potentially the beauty here – you get to type as you normally would thanks to a “specialized auto-correction algorithm that allows highly imprecise typing,” without hopefully having to re-learn how to type or without sacrificing precious screen space. It allows you to type fast, with what we are hoping to be an impressive autocorrection engine inside.

It should also work on tablets (eventually), and be resizable depending on the use case. But taking use cases a step further, the Minuum team expects to make their technology available to typing experiences outside of phones and tablets. We’re talking about using your arm, finger, or piece of paper as a potential keyboard. The video below dives deeper into that.

For now, make sure your Minuum confirmation email hasn’t found its way into your spam folder. Also, make sure the email they used is the same as the email you use for Google Play, so that you can download the beta when it goes live.

Here is the email going out to backers:

Dear Minuum supporter,

The wait is overexactly two months after the closing of our campaign, we’re releasing the Minuum beta to you TOMORROW, June 18, 2013.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION BELOWPLEASE READ CAREFULLY

Tomorrow, you will be invited to a Google Group for Minuum beta users. Once you join the group, you’ll be able to download the Minuum beta for Android through the Google Play Store.

Only members of our Google Group for Minuum beta users will be able to download the beta trough the Play Store. 

You must join the Google Group with the same account you use in the Google Play Store with your Android device. If you have an Android device, you should have a Google Play Store account.

If this email address is the same one that’s associated with your Google Play Store account, then you don’t have to email us backyou’ll simply receive an invitationtomorrow to join the Google Group for beta users.

However, if the email address that’s associated with your Google Play Store account is different from this one, please reply to this email ASAP with your Google Play Store email address.

To check your Play Store email, go to the Play Store app on your device, select the menu in the top right and click on “Accounts.” This should tell you what email address is associated with your Play Store account.

If you’re giving your beta access away to a family member or a friend instead, please email us their Google Play Store account email address.

Best,
The Minuum Team

Minuum promo video:

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  • Nivlek

    I’m using Fleksy right now and I really like it. The e-mail thing was a pain but you just type what you want and it will change it (autocorrect) but just swipe up so that it shows what you initially typed. Takes some getting used to but way better than the stock keyboard that came with my GS3

  • Tomcat

    I got no invite, no t-shirt and no magnets. I am sooooooo disappointed. This is 1/2 joke and 1/2 serious guys! Do something!

  • TheOiulkj

    Does this one also disable it’s auto correct in places like the play store and web browsers? If so, then no thanks, I’ll be sticking to swype.

    I honestly don’t understand why so many keyboards do this. Sure, some words in the play store and URLs aren’t English, but most of them still are and it’s easy enough to type a custom word even if auto correct isn’t turned off. This is the reason I uninstalled Fleksy. This is especially true for Fleksy’s invisible mode, how are we expected to use it at all without auto correct in that mode? I think someone wasn’t thinking there…

  • Jeff Simpson

    I still don’t understand how a software project needed Indiegogo funding. It’s software. Write the software, sell it for money. There’s no startup cost.

    • phor11

      The “startup cost” could be in quitting your current job to concentrate on getting the software out in a reasonable amount of time without having to rack up a bunch of credit card debt or mooch off someone.

  • garyngkt

    I missed out being a backer, would still love to try it out if given the opportunity

  • Brandon Haines

    I have not received my email yet and I donated. I am highly upset and will be patiently waiting.

  • Mvrcel Lgt

    i did back this and would have forgotten about it if you didnt remind me (used a none fav mail adress) thx!

  • http://andymerskin.com/ Andy Merskin

    I’m so stoked!

  • Pedro

    so.. i can’t find their Google+ Community link.. they only have a normal Google+ profile.. :S

    • Texan29

      It’s an invite only group. They invite you using your play store email even if you have the group link it most likely won’t allow you to join. That’s how they ensure that only indiegogo supporters get in.

  • LiiIiikEaBau5

    You can’t beat Swype Android keyboard! I don’t need to use my two hands to write. Im sure idiots backed this!

    • http://andymerskin.com/ Andy Merskin

      Classy comment.

  • Jason13L

    My biggest problem with these types of keyboards (and Fleksy is included) is URL typing and “industry-specific” typing becomes a huge pain. I am finding that I have to switch keyboards for different tasks which results in slower overall typing.

    • Col_Angus

      email addresses in Flesky are a pain, but I’m really getting used to the mechanics.

      • michael arazan

        un installed fleksy, to much a pain in the arse

        • Col_Angus

          I like it, but it’s a mindf#&k trying to switch back to Swiftkey. Trying to swipe to the right for spaces and such…. I need to use one and stay with it.

  • Michael Pahl

    I know its not fair…. but someone please throw up an APK and work around :)

    • Brandon Giesing

      Theoretically, if it is using Google play’s beta system anybody can join as long as they find the Google group or Google+ community.

      • Texan29

        It’s an invite only group. They invite you using your play store email even if you have the group link it most likely won’t allow you to join.

  • sc0rch3d

    turn this bad boy along the edge for 1 thumb typing. i love swype but still need 2 hands for the best accuracy.

    • drparty

      THIS! I really need them to make a swype/swiftkey/google stock keyboard that will compress for one handed use like the Samsung default keyboard.

  • Shane Redman

    Awesome! I didn’t back them, but I’m glad it’s progressing. I want to at least try it out.

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