One great thing about Android (and now Apple is coming around) is the ability to change the keyboard that you use across your entire device. It’s fun to try out different keyboards, and they can make your phone feel a little more customized and personal. There are tons of options. You’ve got everything from the simplistic but effective Google keyboard, to the crowd favorite SwiftKey keyboard, and even heavily modified versions such as this Paris themed keyboard.
Personally, I like to keep things simple which is why I’ve been using Google Keyboard.. until now that is. Minuum (yes, that’s spelled correctly) keyboard from Whirlscape has re-imagined the way the mobile keyboard should work. Instead of jamming the traditional keyboard layout into a phone, consuming precious screen real estate, Minuum significantly compresses the keyboard to an almost impossible size. It’s ok to say that it’s a nearly impossible size, in fact, Whirlscape admits it themselves. What makes it okay is the fact that this has to be the smartest keyboard I have used. Take a look at the video below.
The developers don’t expect you to hit the key that you’re tying to hit every time. The predictive nature of this keyboard blows many (especially OEM keyboards) out of the water. I’ll admit, it takes some getting used to, but once you’ve got the hang of it, it’s an enjoyable experience.
Minuum provides a hands-on tutorial that walks you through the features of the keyboard, including the ability to zoom for accurate typing, quickly delete mistyped words, and easily switch between keyboard modes. Of course, for the times when you need a regular keyboard, you can easily expand Minuum to full-size.
If you’re looking for a new keyboard to try out, and you want something that strays away from the traditional layout, definitely give Minuum a shot. I give it a huge thumbs up.
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