Common Spelling Mistakes: The Autocorrect Feature at its Best

Are you a good speller? There are over a million words in the English language, less than half of them are actually used on a daily basis.  Even so, the chance that the average person can spell each one of these words correctly is highly unlikely. In fact, according to a study conducted by the London-based Spelling Society, over 50% of America’s adult population can’t spell simple words like “embarrassed”, “liaison” and “millennium”. Now, you might say that this phenomenon is occurring in recent years because of the growing dependency on spell check and autocorrect functions. On the other hand, autocorrect has improved the lives of millions by enabling them to spell correctly throughout their daily lives, whether it be in a simple text message to friends and family or an email to their boss or an important client.

 

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There are some difficult words to spell in the English language, but there are some commonly misspelled words that most people just can’t seem to get right and that autocorrect continuously works to correct. Here is a short list of 12 of the most popular words where autocorrect is often in action:

 

  1. acceptible acceptable
  2. camoflage camouflage
  3. consience conscience
  4. disipline discipline
  5. greatful grateful
  6. jewlery jewelry
  7. minature miniature
  8. ocassion occasion
  9. publicaly publicly
  10. relevent relevant
  11. seperate separate
  12. untill until

 

You’re probably asking yourselves now, why can’t English be as simple as Spanish or Italian? In those Latin languages one can usually predict the pronunciation of a word from seeing the spelling and predict the spelling of a word from hearing it pronounced (so called “two way phonemicity”). Although we can’t turn back time to the 18th century when the first dictionary was published to make sure the spelling makes sense- we can make our lives easier by letting autocorrect get the job done for us. After all, how are we ever going to remember to remove that extra “l” in until or add that “c” in occasion? 🙂 Are any of these mistakes ones that look familiar to you? What words do you most commonly use autocorrect for? Let us know in the comments section below.

Simplified Chinese Now Offered in Version 3.0 of ai.type Virtual Keyboard

Nearly 1.2 billion people around the world speak some form of Chinese as their first language. Now, ai.type is pleased to announce that it has added Simplified Chinese to its list of options for version 3.0 of the virtual keyboard. Not only is it easier than ever to type with the new Material Design but now one of the most popular languages is available in all features and in full support!

Download the new version of ai.type with Simplified Chinese here

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The new version allows users to input Chinese characters by entering the pinyin of the character and then presents a list of possible characters with that pronunciation. With this method, users enter letters in Latin phonetic and ai.type finds the most appropriate Simplified Chinese character to match it. This feature has been in the works for quite some time now and our developers are excited about its launch, as well as the reach of a much larger audience that speaks and types in Chinese all over the world. Users will enjoy all of the same features available for other languages including:

  • Auto-completion and correction
  • Next word prediction
  • Spelling and grammar check
  • A free and personalized theme market
  • Custom keyboard layout

Typing in Chinese has never been easier and more user-friendly! We would love to hear your feedback on our new language option, please try it out and let us know what you think through our support or in the comments section below.

谢谢你,有一个愉快的一天!

ai.type Reaches 20 Million Users on Google Play: A benchmark worth celebrating

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Last weekend we had a celebration in our office for passing the 20 million user mark on Google Play for Android. There was champagne, cake, and a lot of smiles and jokes around the office. This is a great feat, as a the company has been around for over three years in the Android world and the response to ai.type has always been positive and growing. The milestone truly elevates the app to a different category, with the rest of the big players in virtual keyboards, because Google doesn’t regularly reveal this info. Moreover, 20 million users is only counting Google Play, and there are a number of other app install sites that are not counted in this number and contribute to our growing user base, and that’s a great achievement!

Looking towards the future, we are excited for the launch of version 3.1 for Android this week, as it continues providing users more control over their experience while making it fun at the same time. The launch of the iOS version was also a great success and we are continuing to add new features to the app and expand the user base. Our goal is to continuously improve the virtual keyboard which can almost “read your mind” and make writing a process which has never been easier and more personaized for users on a mobile or tablet. The more users we reach and lives we are able to improve, the more of a reason to celebrate! 🙂

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Type vs. Swipe: A guide to choosing the right keyboard feature

The endless amount of apps, functions, and possibilities in the mobile world, both in Android and iOS, make it difficult to decide which to choose. App developers are always attempting to make our lives easier with the next best picture viewer, sharing platform, calculator etc., but when it comes to typing, this decision seems to carry more weight as it affects our everyday life, constantly. Can you recall an entire hour out of the day where you didn’t look down at your phone to type a message to a friend, or comment on a post?  The following is a comparison of the two most common typing methods: typing and swiping

 

The swiping feature on a mobile was introduced to Android in 2011 and enabled the user to enter words by sliding a finger from the first letter of a word to its last letter, lifting only between words. The feature is available in many forms on third party apps, including AIType, and is also currently an option known as Gesture Typing on Android keyboards.

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Pros of Swiping

  • There’s no need for pressing space between each word (it spaces automatically)
  • Apostrophes and other punctuation marks are usually automatic, no need to switch between abc and punctuation keyboards
  • Automatically learns names from your contact book for easy auto-correction
  • Erasing a word is done with one backspace
  • The feature guesses the word you are typing

 

Cons of Swiping

  • You need to know how to spell the word right (or 99% right), if you don’t you probably won’t get the right word to appear.
  • When you come across a word that’s unrecognizable, it can slow you down- you try once, erase, try second time, erase, and then finally type it regularly making the entire process quite annoying (I could have typed it in the first place)
  • Doesn’t recognize unique names (try writing Alanis Morissette!) or uncommon abbreviations
  • Doesn’t recognize special slang and won’t complete curse words for you (Duck you, man!)

Now that you have read the pros and cons and if you are still not an avid keyboard swiper, you can decide for yourself if to give this feature a try. Although swiping has become extremely popular, especially in recent years, there are still many people who haven’t gotten on the boat. Why, you ask? Well, either they do not know about it, haven’t gotten used to the features, or still believe regular touch typing is the faster option. What do you think? Have you dared to try the swiping feature and do you like it? Let us know in the comments section below!