Watch "Word Flow," coming on Windows Phone 8.1, set a new record for fastest text on a touch-screen

For the most part, the virtual QWERTY on Windows Phone has been hailed as one of the best features offered by Microsoft's mobile OS. Coming with the Windows Phone 8.1 update, is a new feature that just might make the QWERTY even better. It's called "Word Flow" and is similar to Swype. Using your finger, you slide from letter to letter on the screen, to spell out words.

When Microsoft designed the "Word Flow" software for the QWERTY, they did so with the intention to break various text-message speed records. And that is where the video below comes in. Back in January, Gaurav Sharma joined the Microsoft Research team and a representative from Guinness to see if  "Word Flow" could take down one of the old records.

And sure enough, with a time of 18.44 seconds, the old Guinness record of 18.53 seconds went down. If you're a Windows Phone 8 user, you will soon see what the fuss is all about when "Word Flow" becomes available on your QWERTY, after the update to Windows Phone 8.1.

source: MicrosoftResearch via GSMArena



1. draconic1991

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12. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

If lowest budget lumia is doing this fast then what about other OEM lowest budget phone. I don't think so, because its powered of wp and Nokia.

16. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

good point

2. SAO101789

Posts: 123; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

Windows phone evolving

3. winter_hat

Posts: 110; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

18 seconds, not minutes

4. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Um... It's not minutes, it's seconds...


Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

gaurav sharma indian..proud of u :P

6. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

that was freaking fast... xD

7. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

gaurav sharma you Indian typ faster than talk!!

8. Derekjeter

Posts: 1489; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

If only the camera shutter was this fast on WP would be nice.Lol!!

13. papss unregistered

If only you knew something about WP... There's this thing called blink.. Not sure if you heard of it

14. bon24x7

Posts: 211; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

n guess which OS the best camera phone is running??? at you..

19. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

There is difference between your high end phone's photo quality and 1020's photo quality.

9. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

keyboard warrior

10. 90ninjas unregistered

Pretty sure this was broken by another Android keyboard. Keymonk keyboard for Android. Look it up; the guy gets the sentence in like 18.2ish seconds.

15. bon24x7

Posts: 211; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

the one shown here is the new native keyboard not some add on or 3rd party keyboard.. :-/

11. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

Starting to hate swype, starting to really hate LG's keyboard. Soon my anguish will be dampened by the m8 and everything sexy that comes with it

17. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012


18. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Good news indeed. Everytime I switch to my 928 I keep trying to gesture type because I'm so used to Google's keyboard.

20. smacsteve

Posts: 86; Member since: May 16, 2012

I can't wait to get this update on my 1520! It's just going to be bit hard to swipe that fast on a screen that large with one hand. LOL.

21. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

This in no way is indicative to how people would actually type. This guy obviously practiced this sentence a lot. To impress me, do a standard typing test that lasts 5 minutes where you don't know what you will be typing beforehand and see how many words per minute you can type.

23. irbaaz

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

So what do you think previous record holder didn't practiced !!!!

22. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

What makes this any better than Swype?

24. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I don't think it's any better than Swype or Google Keyboard (and other keyboards alike). But what's good is that WP will get gesture typing. It's a sweet feature.

25. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

It's great, I use Swype all the time.

30. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

the keyboard, wp keyboard has been touted as the best, swyping this fast proves the layout and design to be 'best' and that he practiced a lot.

26. airisoverrated

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

We've been waiting for it and here it is. I'm glad it seems to work so well. Its one option that was definitely needed. Still not sure why iPhone hasn't added an option for this. For those who haven't used this, it can be much faster than standard typing. This needs to be added to Windows 8 as well.

27. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

I wonder what the actual text read... Too bad they didn't show the finished results, with all the "auto-correct" add ons... I bet it read "The favorite-toothed pancakes of the generics bla bla bla, are the most firerot fish in the world". Hahaha Next time show what he typed or people will think this is fake and a commercial like always.

31. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

it has to be accurate, you can watch it and check it out other than this sites links. Hardly doubt you did that much work in the first place with this post.


Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

SO Amazing

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