Whirlscape Inc., a graduate of the University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST) program’s cohort graduate, exits beta with the version 2.0 release of Minuum, their hit “small keyboard for big fingers.”
Whirlscape Inc. is a graduate of the University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology program (UTEST), which is currently accepting applications for its third cohort until April 17. Click here to apply.
Version 2.0′s release is already a popular download for Android Apps in the Google Play store. Users can get a 30-day free trial of Minuum and experience new features, including a widely anticipated addition of a Brazilian Portuguese language module, the company’s most requested language.
Whirlscape Inc. released version 2.0 of the Minuum keyboard with a host of new features, including the highly-requested addition of a Portuguese (BR) language module.
“We’re constantly testing out new features and improving the disambiguation algorithms,” says Will Walmsley, CEO and co-founder of the company he started at U of T’s Dynamic Graphics Project lab. The company raised $500,000 in seed funding earlier this year, and under the advisement of Y Combinator, began releasing often, trialling new features in what they call Bonus Panels, secondary functions that quickly allow users to change languages, add emojis and more.
Whirlscape also updated the one-dimensional keyboard’s look, giving it a flat fate and a more muted colour set. But perhaps the most important addition for the average user was a full-sized keyboard for times when extra screen space isn’t required. “For people who are scared to use Minuum as their full-time keyboard, we made the full-sized keyboard fully-featured,” Walmsley tells me. He says there are now 40,000 users of the app, which is a huge number considering they’ve been charging $3.99 for what amounts to a paid beta.
Darrell Etherington of TechCrunch and Cameron Summerson of Android Police also covered Minuum’s new release.