Feb 24th 2015

Introducing Smart Bar for Ginger Keyboard: Use other apps without leaving the keyboard

Today’s update marks an important milestone for Ginger, with the long-awaited introduction of our Smart Bar to the world.

With its release, Ginger Keyboard is now the only keyboard that lets you not only launch, but also use other apps directly from the keyboard. Download it here!

Other new features included in this update are Emoji Art and Animated GIFs so that you can express yourself visually when you can’t find the right words.

The possibilities made available with the release of Smart Bar really get us excited; here at Ginger, we’re focused on building products that help you save time  when using your mobile device. Now, for the first time ever, you’ll be able to take notes, set up events, send an email, start a chat (basically any action another  app can offer) without leaving your keyboard.

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The name Smart Bar isn’t just a snappy way to call our feature either; we built it after figuring out that people often quickly rotate between Ginger Keyboard  and other apps. We figured out that we could save you guys a lot of time if we gave you the option to use the apps you want without having to go back and forth  between them and our keyboard. Down the road we plan on integrating our patented text analysis technology into the Smart Bar so that it can understand which app you want to use before you realize it yourself. Other plans include finalizing deals with popular 3rd party app developers for tighter integration into  Smart Bar.

We’ve also been listening to your requests… and have delivered big time with the release of fun communicating features like Emoji Art and Animated GIFs. To access them, just tap the emoji and then scroll through the new icons to see all cool new ways you can express yourself.

Please feel free to check out our new Help Center for more info on functionality. We’re always happy to hear your feedback in our Community – while you’re there, please feel free to join our Beta community to get Ginger goodies before everyone else.

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Feb 23rd 2015

Ginger’s new Help Center is up and running

Hey guys,

We’re happy to announce that our new official Help Center is up and running.

Having problems logging in? Forgot your password and don’t know how to reset it?

Ginger’s Help Center is here to help you get answers to your questions, it’s where you can find tips and tutorials on using Ginger and other answers to frequently asked questions.

You simply need to choose a category, whether it’s General information, Android, iOS or Desktop related, and search for the best solution for your issue.

Didn’t find what you were looking for, you can contact our Support Team and a one of our members will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

Cheers,
Liron and the Ginger Team

 

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Feb 13th 2015

Ginger CEO talks about ‘Big Data on the Keyboard’

Hey guys,

we are excited to announce, that earlier this week, TechCrunch published an article by our very own CEO Maoz Shacht, “Big Data on the mobile keyboard.”

In the article he explains what big data is and how it affects and will enhance the user experience, as keyboard developers will use both big data and machine learning to improve all kinds of keyboard-dependent and context-based functions.

Here are the first two paragraphs of the article:
“The Information Age has the potential to overwhelm. When that happens on a technical front – when the volume of data is so large that traditional databases cannot handle it, or not handle it well – the industry refers to the phenomenon as “big data.” The term has even come to refer to the technological processing that takes place with the vast amounts of data.

 Thus, any time a category of data contains billions (or even trillions) of records from all over the web and other sources, we are talking about big data. Often we don’t even notice the “big data” aspect of our daily encounters with technology, such as when it comes to the autocorrect feature on mobile devices, word-processing programs, email clients and more…”

To read the full article, click here.

Cheers,
Liron and the Ginger Team

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Feb 7th 2015

Ginger CMO talks about Contextual Awareness

Hey guys,

we are excited to announce, that earlier this week, WIRED published an article by our very own CMO Oded Llios, “Contextual Awareness: What’s All the Fuss About?”

In the article Oded explains how today’s mobile devices are the greatest providers of contextual awareness. Just imagine a scenario where you text a friend to meet you for lunch. As you type, your contextually aware keyboard, processes your sentence and sends an invitation to your friend, suggests locations for you to meet, recommends restaurants, provides directions, makes a reservation, and more.

Here is the first paragraph of the article:
“One of the hallmarks of recent technology is the way it is designed to respond to the people who use it. Easy examples of where we already see that happening are Google Now Cards (or Waze) that follow the user’s travels, notifications of the user’s upcoming appointments, app preferences, and accurate contact selection when the user enters only a few letters. In the industry, this responsiveness is known as ‘contextual awareness,’ where a given computing device uses user-specific data, like location-based technology and sensors to determine their users’ circumstances. Then it seems as if the device “knows” where the user is and what he or she needs…”

To read the full article, click here.

Cheers,
Liron and the Ginger Team

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Jan 6th 2015

Ginger CEO talks about Keyboards in wearable devices

Hey guys,

We are excited to announce, that earlier this week, VentureBeat published an article by our very own CEO Maoz Schact, “3 approaches to building keyboards into wearable devices.”

In the article he talks about 3 different schools of thought regarding the best approach to input text and language into wearable devices. From the traditional QWERTY-based input, to the Augurs (aka adaptive text prediction software), and voice-based input.

Here are the first two paragraphs of the article:
“The year is 1989 and our esteemed hero, Marty McFly, has just touched down in a fictional Hill Valley of 2015 to save his kids from his childhood nemesis. Back in the ’80s, when the Back to the Future franchise first took the world by storm, the incredible technologies presented there seemed more of a pipe dream fantasy than prophetic sci-fi.
Fast forward to the real 2014. While the Back to the Future crew did get some things right, they definitely missed the mark on the technology that has the whole (tech) world obsessed — wearables…”

To read the full article, click here.

Cheers,
Liron and the Ginger Team

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