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Auto-Correct Kills a Potential Android Star

Authored by: Steven Blum — Sep 13, 2011

We've written before about how Google needs to pay a bit more attention to their Market. They've got loads of fake apps out there, some app reviews have mysteriously disappeared and there are more than few pieces of malware posing as apps. But we never would have thought that a function Google is known for excelling at would end up failing on Android Market and actually work against some app developers.

The function, of course, is search. It seems that the auto-correct function in Android Market's search bar ruined the launch of a new app called Locai, which aims to do something similar as Foursquare, but with a "heavier focus on conversations."

Locai launched their Android app a few days ago, but if you go and search for it, you won't find it. That's because Google's software auto-corrects the title of the app to "local," without even alerting the user. As a result, no users can find the app.

We've had our own problems with Android Market's search but this one really takes the cake. I hope Google fixes this issue fast!

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Source: Tech Crunch

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.

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  • Niels Christiansen Sep 14, 2011 Link to comment

    "No application knows better then the user". Maybe the auto-correct would've suggested "than"? :)

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  • Martin Krischik Sep 14, 2011 Link to comment

    I always hated Auto-Correct ever since it debuted in Word and it is the first thing I switch off in the Android Keyboard (replacement).

    No application knows better then the user.

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