Swype keyboard on the Samsung Galaxy S was used to set Guinness World Record

Swype keyboard on the Samsung Galaxy S was used to set Guinness World Record
If this weren't any more of an indication to the speedy prowess of the Swype keyboard, it was actually used in breaking the Guinness World Record for the fastest text message. Using a Samsung Galaxy S smartphone with good old Swype on board, a 27 year old UK woman was able to dish up a mean phrase in under 26 seconds using the swipe friendly gestures of the on-screen keyboard. She managed to swipe the phrase “the razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human” – thus breaking the previous record by over 9 seconds. That's a pretty astonishing feat when you think about it for a second, especially when the Swype keyboard was used in obtaining the record as opposed to a regular on-screen keyboard – or even a physical one to say the least. Considering everything else, this definitely would add some much needed publicity to the Swype keyboard as it attempts to sway over people with its alternative form of inputting text.

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14 Comments

1. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

SWYPE should incorporate with multitouch support... that would SLAY the time in half.... we are talking 14 seconds for that phrase..... if only we all had something that important to text in such lightening speeds..... most of which tend to be just "Sup". And seriously, who types out: "Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus" anyway? wonder if voice to text could beat that.....

8. ssjassassin

Posts: 108; Member since: Aug 31, 2009

Really, what was with all the dots. Does it take you that long to think about the next irrational statement? Multitouch could not work well. The learning curve would be so large that, as some below have said for basic swipe, the persons IQ would need to be over 130. This would still not give them the simple ability to use both hands at once and in the proper order every time to prevent errors. As for voice to text, this is a great idea in concept. The problem is if we are all talking into our phones to text back and forth what the hell is the point of texting at all? Just make a call. Texting is to be silent and send messages without talking finding one finger messaging tools to speed this up is where we need to focus.

11. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

"The problem is if we are all talking into our phones to text back and forth what the hell is the point of texting at all? Just make a call." I somewhat agree with you but it doesn't sound like you've actually used speech-to-text on a daily basis. You should first understand the benefits of texting vs making a phone call. A text is a great way to passively send your thoughts without actually stopping the other person from interacting with whatever they are doing to actively have a conversation. Sometimes the issue is unimportant and does not actually require starting up a conversation. Speech to text works great in conjunction with this "communication prioritization and transmittal." In my state of Washington there is a hands free law that requires the phone not be held up to your head. You can still hold it while it's on speaker phone, but you're also not allowed to text. I can dictate to my phone whenever I'm driving in my truck and still send that message out without really taking my eyes off the road for more than one second at a time. The only issue with speech to text and beating this "cellular phone typing record" which at this point I almost would disagree with calling it the fastest text, cus people aren't even sending a text message they're writing it into notepad. But speech to text fails at punctuation. So all the commas, periods and also capitalization would be lost.

12. ssjassassin

Posts: 108; Member since: Aug 31, 2009

haha, I liked that last statement you had. We have the same type of laws where I live. I have used voice to text for some time and have seen it grow from a total waste of time to a respectable tool. Personaly i feel that the usefulness is weak when it comes to texting in a regular situation. The car i can justify as hands free is the way to go. But the full voice to text should be accessable from the car not the phone. That the tool should require not more than one press of the button. It is a hard sell for me. :-D ill miss all of the periods and caps lock monsters.

2. trentsinmypants

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 29, 2009

am I the only one who HATES swipe? I refuse to demo it to customers.....it seems to me that only a small nitch of people would use this feature......

3. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

Swypre requires a IQ restriction of 80 and above.

4. shimmyx20

Posts: 280; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

I don't really hate it, but it doesn't really improve typing speed for me that much, so I just disabled it

7. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1249; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

It just takes practice. Like everything else.

9. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

I've noticed it works amazing when using the phone one-handed, but two-handed I prefer the regular keyboard, or Better Keyboard.

10. ErikSax

Posts: 21; Member since: May 20, 2009

How is that possible? Swype make thing so very much faster that the hardware keyboard is rendered obsolete.

5. MalakiMills

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 15, 2010

Swype is really effective if you take the time to just get used to it. It's like back when there were no keyboards and most people used the abc form of texting on the keypads and trying to make the adjustment to T9word. You just have to put it up and use it for a few days and before you know it it will become the normal form of texting for you.

6. phonedemocracy

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Once you swype, you don't go back.

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