Ah, the comical miscommunication errors of auto-correct. Can’t this smart feature get a little respect? Smartphone users are quick to “damn you auto correct,” and ignore the timesaving it can provide. Smartphone auto-correction software recognizes text input, and then crosschecks completed words against a built-in dictionary. However, additionally smartphone auto-correct will start to predict words as you type letters and suggest/insert a word before you’ve finished typing it—this is typically the leading cause to embarrassing texting errors.
Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry systems also integrate a type of learning behavior involved in their auto-correct software. For instance, auto-correct will pay attention to when you corrected a faulty choice word and learn to never offer that word again. It also notes the proper nouns in your address book and avoids suggesting alternatives for those.
AUTO-CORRECT HINT!: Google’s Android will let you add your own words to the phone’s dictionary. Depending on what system your Android is operating on, under the Settings application, there is Language & Keyboard > Touch Input > User Dictionary option to add, delete or edit words.
What’s in the future for auto-correct? Crowdsourcing. Typically texting verbiage or slang is not found in a common dictionary. Crowdsourding is the idea of phones beginning to base suggestions on what other people are typing on the web, rather than suggestion straight from a dictionary. With this ability, phone can not only become better at correcting your misspellings, but they might also be able to predict full sentences.
Scott Taylor, vice president of mobile solutions at Nuance, the company that makes T9 auto-correction software brings this idea to life; “Imagine you start an e-mail with the subject line “Sick today.” As soon as you begin writing the first couple of words, “I’m not,” your phone—which knows that it’s a Monday, that you’ve been partying all weekend, and has seen other people type such messages before—offers a suggestion: ‘I’m not feeling well today.’”
Additionally auto-correct will improve as phones get faster and can store larger dictionaries. Auto-correction systems will be able to take a deeper, more meaningful look at your sentence before offering a word choice.
Until then, we’ll have to keep our love-hate relationship with our auto-correct, keep reading the hilarious mistakes on damnyouautocorrect.com, and try to maintain a flawless mobile marketing strategy.
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