Say ‘get stuffed’ to your autocorrect fails with Australian English

November 30, 2012

  • Most popular Google Play paid app goes native for Australians
  • Helps Android smartphones and tablets ‘get’ Aussie vernacular

Sydney – Nov 30, 2012 – The team behind the world’s best-selling Android app today launch SwiftKey in Australian English, a smartphone and tablet keyboard that understands the Aussie vernacular so well, it predicts the next word as you type.

The London-based team of language experts analyzed over 14 billion words of Australian English text, to build a clever keyboard that predicts the next word in the native tongue, and virtually eliminates autocorrect fails.

SwiftKey replaces the on-screen keyboard on Android smartphones and tablets with one powered by smarter language technology that understands how words work together.

The prediction tool improves over time as a user interacts with the keyboard, which can be further improved by personalizing with Gmail, Facebook or Twitter posts.

SwiftKey head of languages Dr Caroline Gasperin and her team made some interesting discoveries about the difference between Aussie and British English during their research:

  • Barbecues – Australians used the word “barbecue” 30 per cent more than Brits.
  • Mate – The word “mate” is twice as likely in Aussie English than British English.
  • ‘o’isms –  Despite Aussies commonly adding ‘o’ to the end of words and names like “this arvo” and “Steveo”, SwiftKey’s analysis of British English showed 30 per cent more words ended in ‘o’.
  • Drinking – The English seem more eager to drink heavily than Aussies, where SwiftKey found some of the most likely words to follow “drink” for Brits were: anything, plenty, much, all, alcohol, lots and beer. Aussies on the other hand were more likely to follow “drink” with the words: soon, water, bottle, card, wine, all, alcohol and coffee.
  • Hotness – Aussies use the phrase “hot girls” much more than Brits. When talking about things that are “hot”, Aussies tend to then write about food, with: dog, chips and cross (bun) being the most likely next-words. The English are more generic, usually saying days, drink and food after hot.

“It’s always been a bit of a joke that Brits and Australians don’t quite speak the same language, but our research proves this is actually the case,” said Dr Gasperin.

“While at first look Australian English and UK English seem very similar, our research teases out the subtleties that combine to make a huge difference in the day-to-day typing experience of Australian users. The SwiftKey Aussie English language model now gives the app a head-start in learning the Aussie dialect and SwiftKey will continue to learn and build a profile unique to each user.”

The app is available on Google Play at a 50% discount of $1.99 AUD for a limited time to celebrate the launch of SwiftKey Australian.

About SwiftKey (www.swiftkey.net)

SwiftKey was founded by Cambridge University graduates Jon Reynolds, CEO and Dr Ben Medlock, CTO in August 2008. With a growing team of over 70 people, the company is based in London, UK.

The company’s technology makes typing much easier on touchscreen devices, powering the text entry experience with intelligent natural language technology that supports over 50 languages.

This is seen in the flagship SwiftKey Keyboard app on Android, which first launched in September 2010. The app understands how words work together to give much more accurate corrections and predictions than other keyboards. It can even predict a user’s next word as they type and also powerfully learns over time to make typing easier and even more accurate. Users can personalize SwiftKey Keyboard using Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, SMS or their blog posts.

In the last year, SwiftKey has won a People’s Voice Webby Award for mobile experimentation and innovation, Most Innovative App at the GSMA awards at Mobile World Congress and also best startup at the Guardian Digital Innovation awards. Its bespoke product for clinicians using touchscreens, SwiftKey Healthcare, recently won the best enterprise Appster at the Apps World Conference in London, UK.

To date SwiftKey has received more than 15 million downloads, saving users over 130 billion keystrokes: equivalent to nearly a millennium of typing time.