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App Store search engine tweaked to better cope with typos

updated 12:47 pm EST, Tue November 26, 2013

Fix also deals with spacing issues

Apple has made changes to the App Store search engine in recent weeks that have improved its ability to cope with typos, sources note. Typically this means that using one or two wrong letters will still turn up the proper app. The store is now also able to ignore spaces, for example successfully finding QuizUp if someone searches for "Quiz Up" instead.

While mostly a convenience for the public, the tweaks may be of major importance to developers, who depend on their apps being as easily discoverable as possible. Until this month, Google Play's automatic spellchecking offered a distinct advantage. iOS developers generally had to include misspellings in their keywords to catch typos.




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  1. Inkling

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    Joined: 07-25-06

    Now maybe they're fix the lookup feature for incorrect spellings in OS X. It absolutely dreadful. Transpose two letters or leave one out and it's utterly lost. Apple ought to work out a way query Google with that misspelling. Perhaps 98% of the time Google's 'did you mean' is spot on.

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