I think this counts as a factual question.
I got a smartphone about a month ago. Before that I used an ipod touch (1st generation) and a non-smartphone.
With my ipod touch when I would take notes the autocorrect was fairly helpful. If I wrote something like ‘thqt’ it would change it to ‘that’. It wasn’t always perfect, but I would say about 70% of the time autocorrect had corrected what I was trying to write. Sometimes I’d use a word or abbreviation and the ipod would try to correct it, but I’d just go back and change it back. It didn’t constantly try to pick spanish words, and it didn’t pick esoteric words that were totally out of context in place of correctly spelled words. If I spelled a word correctly it left it alone, it didn’t change it to a spanish word or a word totally out of context.
Fast forward to now, and autocorrect on my android phone is worse than useless. Useless would be an improvement. It constantly changes words into words I didn’t pick and that don’t fit into the context of the sentences or paragraphs.
Not only that, but it keeps trying to put spanish words into what I am writing. That seems like a very, very basic software issue that autocorrect shouldn’t have to be dealing with. Why would it think I want to use spanish words if every word I have ever used has consistently been english? Shouldn’t one of the most basic, fundamental factors in ‘autocorrect’ include the software being able to recognize what language the person doing the typing is trying to type in? How the fuck can software correct your spelling errors if it doesn’t even know what language you are typing in? That is like a mechanic who can’t find the engine. If you can’t master something that basic, how the hell can you be expected to do anything with any fine detail?
I am really impressed by how effective speech to text technology is. I can speak something and it translates really well. But something basic like autocorrect is hellishly bad. I constantly have to go back to fix autocorrect’s screwups.
not only that, but autocorrect doesn’t even correct anything. If I write ‘thqt’, it keeps it and doesn’t correct it. I have almost never seen it actually correct something to what I want it to do, 90-95% of the time it is picking spanish or random words and using them instead of the words I want. Plus a lot of the time it doesn’t even recognize words. Basic words too like ‘nametag’.
So my question (which I think is factual) is why does autocorrect technology suck so badly? Why did autocorrect on the note taking app for my 1st generation ipod touch work when that was 2007 technology while autocorrect on an android phone is so horrible in 2013? You’d assume because autocorrect on my note taking app on my ipod left correct words alone, never translated anything into spanish, and actually corrected misspelled words that after 6 years of technology advances autocorrect would be even better. But it sucks hardcore.
I disabled autocorrect in settings, but it is still doing it. So I don’t know how to turn it off just in case anyone is wondering.