Microsoft's fastest typing record on Windows Phone beaten on Android

Fleksy, a third party keyboard for Android-based devices has announced that one of the users of its product has broken the fastest typing record.

At the launch of Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft demonstrated the record breaking typing performance by a user with the Word Flow keyboard which is a part of the upcoming update to the operating system. Now, Fleksy has revealed that Marcel Fernandes, a long time user of its application from New York, has bested the previous timing and set a new Guinness World Record for typing on a touchscreen device.

Marcel clocked the record in 18.19 seconds which is 0.25 less than Microsoft's record of 18.44. To maintain consistency, the participants are expected to type the message "The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack humans." in order to break the record.

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DKAngel said,
do you guys really belive that the keyboard is using all of the quadcore to type? seriously?

No. But it might not be representative of all Android phones. There might be lag on low end device.

Microsoft used the 520. Showing it working at record speed on their lowest-end devices means you can expect the same or better on any and all Windows Phone, regardless of specs.

But the question is, on what Android phone is this done, don't see it in this article or the original.

And WP8.1's record is done with the low end 520 :/ Meaning every Windows Phone has those typing speeds. Will every Android have these speeds?

EDIT: posted above, quad core 2gb ram vs 520 :)

I wonder if the screen size makes much difference, a smaller screen means less finger travel and might knock a fraction of a second off the time.

Well if you need to throw quad cores and 2 gb memory at something as simple as typing without lag, there is a problem.

Raa said,
So let's hear again about how Android is so laggy... :laugh:

They used a phone with a 2.26 GHz quad-core CPU and 2GB of RAM...

And only beat Windows Phone by 0.25 second on a 1Ghz CPU with only 512MB RAM....

Because this record was 99% hardware and 1% human? If your pointing that much at hardware why aren't higher specced WP8.1 devices absolutely destroying the old record?

SK[ said,]Because this record was 99% hardware and 1% human? If your pointing that much at hardware why aren't higher specced WP8.1 devices absolutely destroying the old record?

I think we're about to see :p
Pretty sure they used the 520 because of this reason.

How can "Microsoft's fastest typing record on Windows Phone" be "Beaten by Android"?

If the record is "on Windows Phone" then on Android would be a different record, no?

I love the fruit of healthy competition. Just imagine only have ONE company you could buy from.

Competition makes all parties better.

Given android OEMs documented benchmark cheats, wouldn't be surprised if I could break the record by pretending to swipe on that phone. In fact, it probably types by itself.


Marcel Fernandes, a long time user of its application

So... Marcel, and long time user, was only able to beat somebody who only recently started using Word Flow by 0.25? Surely his experience and practice with the keyboard matters immensely.

What will people be able to do with Word Flow after a year of practice?

rfirth said,
2.26 GHz quad-core CPU and 2GB of RAM...

So now Microsoft needs to take a 920 with 1.5ghz and 1GB of RAM and beat the score. Then wait for it to be beaten and then take the 930/Icon and beat it again.

This kind of reminds me of the SR71 in the 1960s/1970s. The US would take it up, break a speed record, and then wait for the USSR to catch up, and then take it back up and beat the record again. They did this several times, as the SR71 was significantly faster than what they would release publically.

I just tested how fast I could type this up on keyboard, and it turned out to be 28 seconds which is 10 seconds longer. Guess I should start using an android phone to type large documents...

Exactly. it's all about user-comfort/preference. Plus who cares. As long as you type regular sentences fast, who cares who's the 'fastest'

j2006 said,
Exactly. it's all about user-comfort/preference. Plus who cares. As long as you type regular sentences fast, who cares who's the 'fastest'

This is just marketing shenanigans, you'll be seeing this "record win" labeled somewhere on the next product box.

Kalint said,
These records are just silly. I bet if you were to make them switch phones they'd both suck at typing.

Plus old-skool keypad texters could probably smoke both of them.

Meh, as the commenter said above it's dependent on the person mostly. I still like WP8.1 shape writing better than when I used swipe on Android. But at that's my personal preference. :)

How about "Antediluvian". I learned that one taking a theology class. I had to text a classmate that word and I guess a Windows Phone would have been handy.

JHBrown said,
How about "Antediluvian". I learned that one taking a theology class. I had to text a classmate that word and I guess a Windows Phone would have been handy.
You keep saying that but I wonder why haven't you got one yet? I mean if according to you, you can afford an iPhone and an iPad at every refresh, can't you just throw 80 bucks on a Lumia 520 to try out WP? If you don't like it, just throw it away some it's so cheap. Or maybe it'll make you want to ditch your iPhones. You see a lot of people on /r/Windowsphone who did just that and never went back.

AsherGZ said,
You keep saying that but I wonder why haven't you got one yet? I mean if according to you, you can afford an iPhone and an iPad at every refresh, can't you just throw 80 bucks on a Lumia 520 to try out WP? If you don't like it, just throw it away some it's so cheap. Or maybe it'll make you want to ditch your iPhones. You see a lot of people on /r/Windowsphone who did just that and never went back.
Years ago I had a Samsung Focus. Upgraded to a Lumia 920 when they first came out. So yes, I have given it chance. Windows Phone is just not for me at this time. It's a fine phone for someone teetering between an iPhone or Android phone. Missing my financial Apps along with other Apps that all my family and colleagues were using was also a deal breaker. There really isn't that "wow" factor to make someone just switch. My perfect phone combo is my iPhone and Galaxy Note when I'm in an Android mood.

Edited by JHBrown, May 16 2014, 1:56am :

I can't imagine being sick enough to be in an "Android mood". Or an iPhone one, for that matter. I'd rather skydive without a parachute.

Robert Wade said,
I can't imagine being sick enough to be in an "Android mood". Or an iPhone one, for that matter. I'd rather skydive without a parachute.
and I'd rather pull all of my teeth out with pliers than be stuck in "tile land".

That's true for the most part, but you also have to remember how the software handles the typing/swipes with the auto-corrects, etc. The one on WP8.1 in my opinion is the best, but to each their own. This guy was comfortable enough with the Android one. So yes really, it's dependent on the person.

Actually the ability to type faster varies on the framework. The responsiveness on iOS is nasty where on phones on (some) androids just don't respond to you quick enough. Blackberries and Sidekicks back in the days were kings and queens of typing.

mastercoms said,
How does the software make you able to type faster? I really think that it's dependent on the person typing

Agreed. It's really a silly thing to focus on to be honest. You're going to be faster on a keyboard you're confortable with and some people are just faster than others...

mastercoms said,
How does the software make you able to type faster? I really think that it's dependent on the person typing

They could make the default "close" words that of the sentence you need to type so it doesnt have to find any words ever =).

mastercoms said,
How does the software make you able to type faster? I really think that it's dependent on the person typing

Swiftkey is amazing the drunker you get.

warwagon said,
Swiftkey is amazing the drunker you get.

SwiftKey is amazing. Every time I type "err", it knows to complete it with "errrr'day". :D