Minuum is easily the most innovative keyboard available for mobile devices, and it aims to introduce the most advanced way to type. The idea is disruptive as much as the seemingly unsolvable problem: Keyboards follow a traditional design pattern of the classic typewriter.
QWERTY keyboards are extremely inefficient for small screens. Typing on a small device, even at sizes of the iPhone 6 Plus, is still quite awkward and requires training time to get used to it.
The disadvantages of typing on a touch display actually outweigh the benefits of a tactile keyboard. But because a virtual keyboard does have some advantages for diverse mobile applications, we are willing to live with the trade-ins.
Minuum seeks to fix this issue using a drastic approach: it resizes the keyboard to a much smaller size. It looks strange when you see the keyboard shrinking and at first you may think this won’t work at all.
One would think that bigger is what would improve the experience, not smaller, but it appears the opposite is the case. At least the makers of Minuum think it is, and I wonder if they ar right. If Whirlscape, the company behind Minuum, did their homework and ran cycles of extensive user testing, not just for usability but also overall experience (testing how well Minuum integrates into the user flow), they might be onto something that could be potentially big.
Minuum let’s you use eight languages and claims to have a great predictive type engine. Personally, I find the Minuum approach more appealing than the Swype idea. We will see if it is as intuitive as it should be to be able to take off on a mass adoption scale.