Erik I


Filed under #ux and #android

Some time in 2015 I left SwiftKey behind and started depending on the built in keyboard of my phone (Samsung) which I guess had been been licensed or copied from SwiftKey. The reason was that while the predictions where good it had started picking up some bad habits, particularly it would capitalize the letter i even in Norwegian sentences, something that doesn't make sense at all. It had also removed the option to disable auto correct at some point which meant it would “correct” perfectly fine words into funny, embarrassing or dangerous ones (just like iOS do today if you don't stop it.)

Today I reinstalled SwiftKey. The reasons ar GBoard, the standard keyboard app in Android One

  • just can't understand that you can write perfectly fine English on a Norwegian keyboard and therefore insist that you install both (even if it allows you to have English predictions on your Norwegian keyboard as soon as you have installed the English keyboard.)

  • this would have been OK if it wasn't for the fact that keyboard layout would sometimes change for apparently no good reason.

So far SwiftKey has impressed me today. Intelligent predictions, no snags, neither in English nor in Norwegian.

And GBoard, just like SwiftKey 4 years ago just doesn't seem to get it.

One thing to be aware of though:

If privacy is important to you, make sure you take the time to prevent sending of snippets back to SwiftKey. These settings are located in at least two different places, just so you are aware.

So. I got an iPad. For someone who has been on Android since HTC Hero (after being burned badly by Mac OS X on a laptop fron 2009 to 2012) it felt almost scary to by another Apple product, even if I had a strong feeling that I would like the iPad alot more.

So far I've been right.