13
Mar
minuum

Remember the funky little squishy keyboard called Minuum? Well, it's out of beta. After spending many months in a beta period for Indiegogo backers to test, the app has finally reached its first stable release, and is now available for purchase in Google Play.

For those who many not be familiar with Minuum, it's essentially a new take on the traditional mobile keyboard that condenses the entire thing down to one row. It's kind of awkward to use initially, as it takes some time to get acclimated to. Once that adjustment period is over, however, it works as described.

For those on the fence and don't want to take a chance on a $4 app, there's also a free trial version.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Brit Mckay

    I paid the $1.99 for it to support the devs of such a nifty idea and approach, but I don't even use it anymore. I might go back to it as I DO like the keyboard and the idea of it, but it's a little weird in its emoji handling.

    • Thatguyfromvienna

      Stop using crappy emojis => problem solved.

      • Brit Mckay

        RIGHT AWAY SIR.

        smfh

        • Thatguyfromvienna

          If syfh helps in avoiding the use of crapmojis, I totally support you.

          • Brit Mckay

            If only my friends and I had known Thatguyfromvienna a few years ago, maybe we would have developed completely different ways of communicating with each other when audio isn't an option!

          • Thatguyfromvienna

            Absolutely right!
            You might have learned the proper way of using words instead of crapmojis.

            No, seriously: I never got the point of emojis. I do understand and of course use smileys. They might really enhance written communication a lot. But emojis? Do snowmen and dolphins really enhance the way grown up people communicate?

          • Thatguyfromvienna

            Absolutely right!
            You might have learned the proper way of using words instead of crapmojis.

            No, seriously: I never got the point of emojis. I do understand and of course use smileys. They might really enhance written communication a lot. But emojis? Do snowmen and dolphins really enhance the way grown up people communicate?

          • Brit Mckay

            Nah, I want to say 80% of them are useless and hilariously ugly. My friends and I use probably the first two or three pages (the smileys) with the occasional heart-related ones, and a couple of random ones thrown in when we feel like being stupid. Like the poop with eyes. CLASSIC.

          • Thatguyfromvienna

            See? Instead of using that emoji, I'd simply write "You know, kind of like that pile of poop with eyes".

            Poop with eyes... Who even devises things like poop with eyes???
            My faith in humanity isn't necessarily growing. ;)

          • Alphajoe

            Who doesn't? It's awesome.

            Does it help to restore your faith if I tell you, that I got an PhD?

          • frettafrunz

            For me, it destroys faith in humanity

          • Alphajoe

            Now that destroys my faith in human humor. Now who's what does this destroy?

          • Brit Mckay

            Nah, I want to say 80% of them are useless and hilariously ugly. My friends and I use probably the first two or three pages (the smileys) with the occasional heart-related ones, and a couple of random ones thrown in when we feel like being stupid. Like the poop with eyes. CLASSIC.

          • Cerberus_tm

            Why use smileys? I stopped using them when I was around 18 years old. They are hardly aesthetically pleasing.

  • merman1983

    tuputingThHis Igiht nWo on The Keygapdyd ahd tihht tworrsKs rpettygood

    j/k excited to give it a try

  • merman1983

    tuputingThHis Igiht nWo on The Keygapdyd ahd tihht tworrsKs rpettygood

    j/k excited to give it a try

  • singhulariti

    Doesn't handle hinglish like Swiftkey. More than half my typing is hinglish, cannot give them my money even though I think it works great.

    • Akshat Shah

      Hinglish is supported on Swiftkey as a language pack, while Minuum is still fairly new and hasn't moved past a handful of common global languages. I used hinglish extensively when I was on Swiftkey, but SK's unreliability in predictions lately made me shift back to Minuum. You simply have to teach Minuum all the hinglish, which I've been doing and it works well now!

  • Mike

    Just so you know Cameron it has actually been available on the Play Store for a couple months now, and even longer back for anyone who joined the free beta. But you are right this is the first time it has left the "Beta" state.

  • Damian

    Why the f*ck can't they add polish language support? Or other langs? Why did they take cash for nothing?

    • Mike

      Because they are still trying to perfect the keyboard. Why add more support and before adding functionality? I'm sure they will add it eventually.

    • Firmino

      They add portuguese.

  • PopeTackler

    Too much effort to get used to how they've decided where each letter key goes. For whatever reason their layout of keys isn't where I'd expect them to be when searching so it takes longer to type out a simple sentence.

    I'm sure once I got used to that it'd be fine, but why the need? Screen real estate? I'm not sure I've ever seen the appeal behind Minuum.

    • Kevin Vesga

      Yes it real estate. Traditional keyboards take a lot of screen room and you may not be able to what or where you are typing.

      • Matt

        >Yes it real estate.
        >you may not be able to what or where you are typing.

        Good point.

    • Andrew Morales

      It's traditional qwerty.

  • axel

    I used it a while ago and it was great. I liked using it in landscape mode but not on portrait, as I'm always holding it with one hand, so I just swipe on the keyboard to type, and its much faster. And also, landscape takes more screen so it makes more sense. If only you could use the Google keyboard portrait and minuum in landscape.

  • _artem_

    No Russian layout, waste of time

  • black_.

    Nothing beats swiping on a regular keyboard.