For texting that is...

Franklin Page, a 24 year old Seattle, Wa. resident recently set the Guinness World Record for the fastest text message on touch screen. Page did so with the help of Swype running on a Samsung Omnia II.

It took Page 35.54 seconds to text the phrase, "The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world." to set the record.

Samsung will feature the World Record texting in a national ad campaign focusing on Swype. Follow the break for the thirty-second spot featuring the record setting text and the full presser from Samsung.

 

 

SAMSUNG MOBILE AND SWYPE SET NEW GUINNESS WORLD RECORD
New record for fastest text message on a touchscreen mobile phone using Swype technology on the Samsung Omnia® II™


Dallas and Seattle, March 22, 2010 – Swype, an innovative text input technology, and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile)1, the  No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.2, today announced that they have successfully set a new Guinness World Record for the fastest text message on a touchscreen mobile phone using Swype on the Samsung Omnia® II™.

Using the official phrase of the Guinness World Records® for records related to text messaging, “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,” Franklin Page, a recent employee of Swype and resident of Seattle, WA successfully texted the phrase in 35.54 seconds using Swype technology. Page’s time set the record in a brand new category for the fastest text message on a touchscreen mobile phone.

The new Guinness World Record was judged by Stuart Claxton, an official Guinness World Records adjudicator. In conjunction with the new record, Samsung Mobile shot a TV commercial for the Samsung Omnia II featuring Page and Claxton.

“One of the many benefits of the Omnia II is Swype technology, which allows users to enter text faster than ever before,” said Paul Golden, chief marketing officer, Samsung Telecommunications America. “Samsung Mobile is proud to be the first handset manufacturer to bring innovations like Swype to market.  We knew that Swype made touchscreen texting faster and easier and setting a new Guinness World Record is an exciting way to show what the technology can really do.”

The Samsung Omnia II, available exclusively with Verizon Wireless, is a full-touch all-in-one smartphone powered by Windows Mobile® 6.5 to keep customers connected to their corporate and personal e-mail accounts and synchronized with their schedules and contacts. The Omnia II’s 3.7-inch widescreen WVGA AMOLED (Wide Video Graphics Array Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode) responsive touch screen results in one of the brightest and clearest displays on a mobile phone in the United States. The Omnia II’s virtual QWERTY keyboard with Swype technology allows customers to input text faster and easier with one continuous finger or stylus motion across the screen keyboard.

“As touchscreen mobile devices become increasingly popular with consumers, breaking the Guinness World Record on the Samsung Omnia II is a great way to demonstrate the dramatic speed and accuracy of Swype,” said Mike McSherry CEO of Swype. “Samsung Mobile was the first to offer Swype technology and we look forward to deploying Swype on many more of their devices.”

Swype’s patented technology provides a faster and more intuitive way to input text on touch-screens., The underlying software provides a high degree of error tolerance making it faster than existing text entry methods as it does not require users to hit each letter accurately. Average users can quickly achieve text input speeds at over 40 words per minute.

For additional information on Guinness World Record for the fastest text message on a touchscreen mobile phone, please visit www.guinnessworldrecords.com http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/
> . To see the TV commercial, please visit www.YouTube.com/SamsungMobileUSA http://www.YouTube.com/SamsungMobileUSA> . For additional information on the Omnia II and Samsung Mobile’s full line-up of handset and accessories, please visit www.samsungusanews.com http://www.samsungusanews.com/> .


1.    Samsung Mobile is proud to provide ENERGY STAR-qualified power adapters with its mobile phones and accessories. ENERGY STAR qualified products use less energy, save money, and help protect the environment. Products that have earned the ENERGY STAR meet strict energy-efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy.
2.    Number one mobile phone provider in the U.S claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics Q1-Q4 2009 and Q3 and Q4 2008 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipments Reports.
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About Samsung Telecommunications America
Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.  

About Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2008 consolidated sales of US$96 billion. Employing approximately 164,600 people in 179 offices across 61 countries, the company consists of two business units: Digital Media & Communications and Device Solutions. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

About Swype
Swype’s patented technology provides a faster and more intuitive way to input text on touch-screens. With one continuous finger or stylus motion across the keyboard, users can enter text at over 40 words per minute. Swype was developed by experts in computing and mobile phone text input technologies. Cliff Kushler, founder and CTO, is a co-inventor of the T9 text input software installed on over 4 billion mobile phones. Co-founder Randy Marsden, developed the on-screen keyboard software that has shipped on over one billion copies of Microsoft Windows. For more information visit: www.swype.com