Android enthusiasts wanting to immerse themselves in the Jubilee spirit this bank holiday weekend have a fun new tool at their disposal, after the popular keyboard app SwiftKey released a limited edition ‘Queen's English' module in honour of the ongoing festivities.
The regal update was developed by analysing the transcripts of every speech made by Queen Elizabeth - who is also an electronic threat according to top security firm McAfee - since her coronation in 1952, with the linguistic data processing revealing a number of key trends in the diction of Britain's leading royal.
Once installed, the monarchic impersonater uses its customised predictive algorithms to tweak users' texts, Tweets, and e-mails in line with typical royal word choice and patterns of speech.
For instance, the Queen avoids colloquial contractions - never ‘it's', always ‘it is' - and usually maintains a sunny demeanour, according to Dr Ben Medlock, SwiftKey's co-founder and the holder of a PhD in natural language processing from Cambridge.
"The Queen's language reveals that she has a generally optimistic frame of mind. The words ‘confident', ‘delighted', ‘glad', and ‘please' were uttered 125 times more than her famous ‘annus horribilis' phrase that she used in the 1992 Windsor Castle fire," Dr Medlock says.
Powered by natural language and artificial intelligence technology, SwiftKey is now available in nearly 50 different languages, with the company claiming its software offers the most accurate predictions and corrections in the world of mobile devices, and has saved users over 50 billion mobile keystrokes to date.
The celebratory update is now available for SwiftKey X, SwiftKey Tablet X, and the new SwiftKey 3 Beta at just under £2 and comes as the company is gearing up for its latest significant refresh.
Expected in the coming weeks, the update is rumoured to include a totally revamped user interface and several new features including the ‘smart space' technology which allegedly recognises word boundaries and negates the traditional spacebar function.