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Samsung and Swype helps to set World Record

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 (opens in new tab) https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/ (opens in new tab)> . To see the TV commercial, please visit www.YouTube.com/SamsungMobileUSA (opens in new tab) http://www.YouTube.com/SamsungMobileUSA (opens in new tab)> . For additional information on the Omnia II and Samsung Mobile’s full line-up of handset and accessories, please visit www.samsungusanews.com (opens in new tab) https://news.samsung.com/us/ (opens in new tab)> .

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 (opens in new tab).  

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 (opens in new tab).

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 (opens in new tab)

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

8 Comments
  • I just beat this with 25.657 using the stock keyboard on my nexus one. I had to go back and correct errors and everything. How can 35.54 seconds honestly be the world record?
  • rofl, at world records "with swype". . .. New record for fastest text message on a touchscreen mobile phone using Swype technology on the Samsung Omnia
  • Texting via touch screen is always a problem for all; I think it will be a good one if it proved to be a helpful. There may be variation from device to device but at ultimately it seems to be a good one.
  • Samsung Mobile is proud to be the first handset manufacturer to bring innovations like Swype to market.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.
  • This is interesting...
    "Piranhas", "Serrasalmus", "Pygocentrus", "ferocious"
    I wonder how Swype prepare these words.
    Do they trained these words initially?
    or Do they prepared as dictionally first... I have a feeling that there is a clear intention for PR purposes. T9word, SureType, Trace and Swype are all have basic problem because word prediction is used as basic input method rather than middleware application. Let this champion to type something very unique word how many seconds to type. Then, it become clear of existing word prediction solution. Word prediction application should word on top of better basic input scheme such as FIO-KeyBO. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-5CmWSwQx0 The above record is nothing combined with word prediction middleware. You can simply add on top of it.
    - Good luck. Mr. Swype ^_^;
  • check around if you like swype and own a WVGA phone, there is a swype CAB which works perfectly on the HTC Touch 2 among others. Having used it, it is awesome, far better than an on screen keyboard and only takes a couple of mins to learn.
  • Well then,
    Try my name to type with your swype.
    Itsuro Yoshimoto
    OK, how many seconds you take? Do you use word prediction on your computer?
    If now, why you do not use them? Word prediction or word correction become more effective with a better basic input method. ^_^;
  • #1 - I haven't had *any* cell/mobile device in few yrs - and never one w/texting since became popular. Wondering where to start?!?
    Not plan tons of texting, but would prob use for FB, eMail, etc. quite a bit. + moderate calling. Want easy dialing and NOT too TINY overall DEVICE SIZE. NOT want to pay TOP $$$ for phone (nor service) and would PREFER to USE *AT & T* service (as had great experiences with Cingular, still better than others eg strongly disliked Sprint & Verizon). ADVICE sought. HELP! :p I'm not terrifically tech-talk savvy, so please explain to "tech dummy". ;p Thank you! #2 - Does anyone know who the ARTIST is and what the SONG is on the commercial?!? Like.