A Brazilian teenager used the Fleksy for Android to break the Guinness World Record for fastest texting, previously held by the Word Flow keyboard of Windows Phone 8.1. Marcel Fernandes Filho typed his 25-word message in 18.19 seconds on a Samsung Galaxy S4.

The record was broken on April 25 in New York City, and edged out the previous record-holder by .25 seconds. Filho was required to use perfect spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.

Fleksy is a relative newcomer in keyboards. It was in private beta for a while, releasing to the public back in December. Fleksy uses large keys and places an emphasis on prediction and auto-correction in an attempt to let users keep their eyes off of their phones while typing. Fleksy currently supports Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.

Oh, and the message that Filho had to type? "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."

Source: USA Today

Thanks to Justin M for the tip.

 
There are 31 comments

Wow, this guy REALLY needs some... love.

cybertec69 says:

Also a hair cut and a bath, what's with these Brit's.

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putertech says:

"what's with these Brit's" Pretty sure it says he's Brazilian

Britzilian?

codiusprime says:

I've tried really hard to make the switch from SwiftKey to Fleksy but between the occasional slow downs and the less robust (imo) prediction engine I just haven't been able to make the switch.

Dizfunctions says:

Keep at it. I switched from SwiftKey to Fleksy and while I miss swipe and the predictive suggestions, overall I definitely type faster on Fleksy than on SwiftKey for sure.

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dullgeek says:

I switched from SwiftKey to fleksy a while ago. And while I prefer Fleksy, I really miss the ability of SwiftKey to learn my patterns of typing and do predictive typing across words, not just within them. For example, I have some friends: Justin & Nancy. And after a few weeks on SwiftKey, it predicted that when I typed "justi" that it would become "Justin & Nancy". I really loved that.

Unfortunately, I love Fleksy's gestures, and gigantic keys even more. I put up with the lack of learning in Fleksy for that lovely layout, and convenient gestures. I wish that SK's prediction engine could be integrated into Fleksy. Then that'd be the nearly perfect keyboard.

besweeet says:

I remember when I did http://www.macrumors.com/2010/08/24/fastest-texting-in-the-world-actuall.... Was contacted by Guinness and everything. Too bad it's expensive and time-consuming to get all of that "official" stuff done. Not worth it for a few minutes of additional Internet fame.

B Posey says:

Kii keyboard is my favorite...

kelayz says:

I used fleksy and really really liked it. It was awesome but I like swiping for my reasons. If they ever add it will definitely switch

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shaytoon21 says:

this just sounds like an xzibit meme. yo dawg, we put a windows keyboard in your android phone so you can type fast on another app using a different phone.

That's a lot of time on his hands!

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sprint4lyfe says:

No clue how someone can type that sentence so fast.

Dizfunctions says:

It's been done faster but the process to be recognized officially is just to damn expensive and long.

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Maybe he should use those 18.19 seconds to comb his hair (or, even get a haircut).

mark0309 says:

The Empire Strikes Back!

Wlctttrue says:

Excellent job. Congratulations!

BoB16731 says:

That keyboard makes my head hurt

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Dizfunctions says:

It's really nice! Give it a shot!

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I've been using Fleksy for the last 2 months and I like it a lot. It's been nice to see it grow and get better with updates. Now if Google could just fix this bug in 4.4.2 that switches you back to the default keyboard when you update a 3rd party keyboard...

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markluna1 says:

No matter how much I try to stick with Fleksy, I can never stay on it for more than a day. Especially when it comes to one-handed use of the phone and keyboard. That's where swiping really takes over.

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Dizfunctions says:

Yeah that's my only regret after switching to Fleksy ad my primary keyboard.

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buggyman says:

I tried it for two days and couldn't get use to it. Didn't like how strong the autocorrect was. Also didn't like some other features. Liked the layout though

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Madd54 says:

would that be in landscape with his thumbs, I never do, or is there a rule it has to be done in portrait. Would landscape be qucker?

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cybertec69 says:

Nothing comes close to SwiftKey, Fleksy keyboard is a complete mess.
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johnhimself says:

Just downloaded Fleksy. Never been one for third party keyboards, but this one's really good.

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I think I'll try it out.

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kinster02 says:

So far it's OK but it's no SwiftKey. I will keep you using it for a week to try to get the hang of it.

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expara1984 says:

I like using sliding keyboards, LG's stock one is the best on Android and the new Word Flow in Windows 8.1 is almost better aside from not having a dedicated number row on top.