So today I want to talk about some very specific issues that drive me me crazy when I'm in a rush. I BELIEVE these are caused by SwiftKey, but if someone knows it's some other app or setting, let me know. And to the SwiftKey people, I know it's got to be frustrating as anything to constantly bombarded with criticism for something you spent so much time making so great. Just now that my comments are meant to assist you in refining what is a huge time saver for me. I often compare functions to Swipe, only because that's my baseline, and I've got nothing else to compare it to. Whenever I contend that the Swipe functionality was preferable to SwiftKey's, take that with a grain of biased salt. I say came to that conclusion while looking through the prism of primacy bias, which states what you learn first, all things being equal, will be the preferred method and strongest influence in your technique. Now than:
1. The first one actually just happened. Why is it when I put a colon to indicate a list will follow, does the keyboard force a space between the word? I'll demonstrate at the end of this entrance :
I'm pretty sure that's grammatically incorrect, as it should look like this at the end of the sentence: But I have to go back and fix it.
2. This is going back to your algorithm for choosing what words it thinks you're trying to type. Are words somehow weighted in terms of common use? If not, that needs to be addressed or strengthened. I've seen some other folks talk about this phenomenon in these forums, so I know it's not me. Often the algorithm determines words that are anything but common use. I'm all for a strong vocabulary, but keep in mind, present company excluded, most people aren't writing their thesis on their phone and probably don't hove a need for and don't often intend to type these non colloquial terms.
Here are some examples which occurred while I was typing this post:
a. Tried to type 'sometimes' SwiftKey changed it to ‘Sinton’. I think that's a name, but I have never had a need for that word.
b. Tried to type ’keyboard’ SwiftKey changed it to ‘Keuka’. Umm, what?
3. The next issue occurs when I'm typing a word, have a spelling issue where I'm not sure what the correct spelling. As I said before, the spell checker needs some work, as the SwiftKey isn't giving me the corrections I’m looking for, and this is often when I’m a single letter off!
So I end up realizing the correction needed is in the middle of the word and resorting to tapping it in. Often the SwiftKey's prediction finely figures out the term I was trying to say about halfway through the word. However, when I stop typing and tap the suggestion to complete the word correctly spelled and reinforce the dictionary to save some time, when it completes the word it doesn’t eliminate the remaining characters in the word when it replaces them. This happens when tyke word is spelled correctly as well. Instead it pushes the last half of the word out replaced to the right. Here’s what in talking about:
I really like hanging ing out with Thalys because his name is so unique, yet my keyboard knows it.
It changed it to ‘banging’, I went in to correct the first half, and when I selected ‘hanging’, the ‘ing’ pushed over. This was something Swipe did a good job of, it realized that it was replacing the rest of the word so it deleted those letters.
4. I doubt a if this is SwiftKey issue, but I’ll throw it out there. It seems when I’m trying to reposition a curser manually either in the middle of a word, the cursor will almost always jump to the end of the nearest word. It’s that SwiftKey? Is there a way to turn that off, because it is really annoying.
5. Again, I’ve not SwiftKeys, but there is a bug that started to manifest when I was typing in a comments section below a news article, but seems to have started showing up in other apps. For instance, I’m currently drafting this in MS Word on h by the phone. When I typed the wood above, ‘showing’ using the swiping feature of SwiftKeys, iit populated as ’showingshowing’. Often when I go back and backspace to eliminate the second erroneous word, it hiccups and erase all but a few letters. You can imagine that it wouldn’t take many instances of this before the rage would start building.