I've had the Droid MAXX since it was released, and I've never had a problem with it as far as typing contractions goes. Recently, there was an automatic update that took place on my phone, and now the keyboard has changed. There's an emoticon button where the return button used to be, some punctuation marks are moved, and now suddenly, I can't type common contractions (specifically "don't", "they're", "you're").
I have to choose from the suggestion box, which is kind of annoying (first world problems, right?). Anyways, I've tried nearly everything I can think of to fix this. And yes, I have tried the shortcut method, which doesn't work for some reason. If anyone else has had this problem, please let me know. Also, if you know how to correct this problem, please let me know as well.
In settings-language & input. Tap the gear icon next to google keyboard. Under text correction, auto-correction, is it set to modest (where mine is set), aggressive or very aggressive, or is it off? If it's off, does setting to modest fix this?
+1 for SwiftKey. Although of course you shouldn't have to use a third-party app to type contractions, that's just crazy. It's a great keyboard though for many reasons (better predictions and cloud backup for example).
I've also been using Swiftkey for a long time now, but just switched to the Google Keyboard, and typing "dont" auto-corrects to "don't" when I hit the spacebar. (It's also in the middle position above the keyboard.)
I'm not sure what the issue could be. I suppose that you could try going into settings->apps, scroll down to Google Keyboard, and try one of two things:
- tap "clear data" and see if that returns contraction replacement
- tap "uninstall updates" and see if it works with the old version
I just stumbled across another reason to consider a third-party keyboard: Google is now banning words it considers inappropriate from the keyboard's predictions. The link is to a Wired article that looks at some of the 1,400 words (and counting) Google has banned, and how some of their choices make absolutely no sense. Kinda crazy.
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