Swype record text 

Mellisa Thompson, of Salford, England, has broken the Guinness World Record for the fastest texter, using Swype on a Samsung Galaxy S with a time of 25.94 seconds.  The previous record of 35.54 seconds, held by Franklin Page of the U.S. was also set using a Samsung phone (the Omnia II) using Swype.  We're glad to see this one come to Android :)

For all the aspiring record breakers out there, the "official" text used is:

"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."

Punctuation and capitalization counts, so none of that ez txt spk.  Unfortunately, Swype is still in closed beta, so we can't help you there.  If you have what it takes, fire up the camera and send in a video -- we'll see that it gets to the right place if you can beat the record!  [Google News]

 

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Text message speed record broken on a Galaxy S using Swype

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I'm going to be the first one to ask... was this new record broken because Swype was taught words like Serrasalmus ? I would imagine this would have saved a lot of time.

Also, if one were to type those few sentences using a keyboard like swiftkey, it will automatically predict the next word, making typing unnecessary.

What are the rules for a record like this? No auto-correction or word prediction allowed? If so, that would make Swype useless as it presents the user with a word list quite often.

I tried this phrase on my Galaxy S and it picked up those words, they have to be in the dictionary. When I first tried out the Swype keyboard on the Galaxy, I wanted to see just how much it knew. I put in Deoxyribonucleic Acid, and it didn't even ask for confirmation.

25 seconds for that phrase? It'll get beaten very soon.

Contrary to popular perception, long complex words are easier than the short ones or the common ones. A monster like your DNA is easy because there are no close similarities.

The attraction with swipe is in the guessing of words, lots of keyboard do that, and do it better. Its in the approximation of movement. Guessing what keys you were aiming for by comparison to dictionary words with letters that are close to where you slid your finger.

The problem is any pause to think, to figure out where that damn key went is a death sentence to your word.

I'd like to see a video of the user doing this. My attempts at using swype cause my typing speed to drop by 50% if not more. I spend more time trying to fix what it thinks I want to say.

Yes I quit using Swiftkey because of the same. I'm now using Vlingo's keyboard because I didn't get in on the Swype beta.

What are the "official rules" to this cause I can get it down to like 13 secs using Swiftkey keyboard. All you do is type that paragraph once and it remembers what you text and almost automatically pops up the correct words in order from there.

I hope I'm not the only one here but I don't really care about the fastest text speed. I personally call someone when they text me a question. Its a lot faster than texting back and forth.

But how precise do you have to be to answer yes or no.
If they wanted a conversation they would have called you.

Here sayeth the oldish guy:

This just illustrates why you don't need a bulky, awkward mini-chicklet keyboard on a cell phone. Personally, I like Skype (of the current offerings), but which method you use is irrelevant, if it can scale to your needs. Years ago, I learned to write -- after practice, very quickly -- on a Palm device, and that's what convinced me that one shouldn't try to replace a full-size keyboard with a mini keyboard.

If you want a keyboard on your phone, sure, get what you like. But, realize that after the first month or two of gaining familiarity, you'll be forever walking on crutches while everyone else is running.