Windows Phone 8.1 "shape writing" keyboard is the fastest in the world

Windows Phone 8.1
Microsoft has been working hard to bring the features that modern smartphone users expect from their devices with the Windows Phone 8.1 update. In addition to the Cortana voice assistant and new Action Center, one of those features is a gesture keyboard, which Microsoft is calling its "Shape Writing" keyboard. This may seem to be a relatively small addition, but the keyboard is still the main input method for most users, and a gesture keyboard can make that input faster. 

Of course, faster is good, but fastest is even better, and that's what Microsoft says it has done with its offering. According to Microsoft, its new Shape Writing keyboard for Windows Phone 8.1 is on record as being the world record holder as the fastest keyboard. It seems that someone was able to swipe out a set sentence in just 17 seconds, which beat the previous record. 

While that is very impressive, we're curious whether it is really the software that deserves the credit on that record. It would seem to us that the person whose hand swiped in the sentence should get the majority of the credit for their speedy arm muscles. 

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4 Comments

1. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Does anyone know what that sentence is? I'd like to see how fast it takes me to type that same sentence with my phone and keyboard as a comparison. Is this going to be the next test in that Smoked by Windows Phone campaign?

2. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

"The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world." I think this is it... At least this was the one used by Swype to set the Guinness record back in 2010

4. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I expect that whatever sentence they used is loaded. They probably tested a number of sentences to make sure that those would be harder to type on all other phones. That seems to be how they set up the tests for that "Smoked by Windows Phone" contest they had a few years ago.

3. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

"While that is very impressive, we're curious whether it is really the software that deserves the credit on that record. It would seem to us that the person whose hand swiped in the sentence should get the majority of the credit for their speedy arm muscles. " Michael....I know it was in a joking manner....but I can assure you the software does play a part in it. The gesture keyboard abomination HTC released with the Rezound would tell you too...lol. Whats on the latest version of Android isnt bad...but I still use Swype...the dictionary feature, add words features is just better on Swype. Fastest might be fine....but I want functionality too. I dont even know what HTC is doing in this area anymore....but I hope they improved on it from the Rezound days.

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