Windows Phone Word Flow keyboard dethroned as fastest by Fleksy-equipped teen

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 (opens in new tab)

Thanks to Justin M for the tip.

216 Comments
  • Well that's awkward...
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  • .25 second does not make a difference to me. :3
  • Yeah. I think we can get the title back!
  • no matter how small the timegap is... it matters in this kind of thing... Lose is a lose
  • There's an FnF joke somewhere in there. :)
  • Aww duck.
  • Duck this, I'm gonna break it again!
  • Glad it's still a thing. The S4 can eat shirt! ^_^
  • Snap! That ducking keyboard is the shirt!
  • That's ok, word flow is still the fastest built-in keyboard
  • Exactly❕❕❕❕❕
  • Best
  • I have no other swipe keyboard to compare with, but WordFlow is great. Since I'm not going to be typing competitively, I think I'll stick to it...
  • Yeah given that only the fastest in the world type the fastest in the world, I don't care ^^
  • True
  • Agreed
  • And the only one who doesn`t support portuguese language?
  • Not if I make my own Android build which I almost do and replace the google keyboard and slap Fleksy in /system :-) Still not like it makes a difference. Keyboards aren't tied to one device or the other. Not like we don't have a million options. The flow technology is awesome too. SwiftKey also uses it.
  • The word flow keyboard record was set on the 520 right? I personally find that more impressive considering the screen is relatively small.   Though a record is a record.
  • And it was a beta version
  • Wrong. On 1520.
  • It was a 520 not a 1520, go find the video on youtube.
  • Wrong. 520 bruh.
  • Subtract 1000 from your wrong answer and you'll get the correct answer.
  • It makes more sense that it was done on a 520. Smaller screen means finger has to travel less distance to type the same words.
  • Yeah, I was wondering, does word flow even work on a 1520 if you don't have ginormous hands? Because it makes the same finger traverse the whole keyboard instead of having two fingers to take half the screen each.
  • Word Flow works quite nicely on the 1520 for me, and I do not have ginormous hands. One thumb is all I need.
  • Does the Windows keyboard have an option to compact the keyboard down so that it only takes up like half the screen on either the left or right? The flow keyboard on Android (SwiftKey) is like this and it really helps to type fast and comfortably on larger screens. Just asking cause I've never used a Windows phone.
  • Agreed, the lowest model Lumia gets beaten by the former Samsung flagship by .25 sec...
  • Higher Lumia model never even able to beat it
  • :)
  • The device used to beat the windows phone doesn't matter. Fleksy will run perfectly on older Android devices. Fleksy is pretty sweet. I'm using it now even though I normally use hackers keyboard for doing work in Office documents simply because it gives me a standard QWERTY keyboard and I can use standard keyboard shortcuts.
  • I think swipe like keyboard is faster on a smaller screen, because you need to swype less, the distance your fingers travel in the end is shorter so you can type faster with less speed. They should try it on 620 with even smaller screen. I guess the dude who set the record chose 520 for a reason
  • Cool
  • Yeah but how many times did he practice until it became muscle memory and then filmed it?
  • Probably as many times anybody practice on any keyboard until it became muscle memory
  • Probably just as much as the others who've attempted this
  • Probably just as much as anyone that does anything competitively.
  • if i would i can beat that guys with swiftkey. Swiftkey learn from what you type and you only need to press the space bar in many case :D
  • SwiftKey uses flow technology as well. Pretty nice keyboard. Using Fleksy at the moment but also got SwiftKey installed.
  • Kinda makes me wonder if Fleksy put an emphasis on the autocorrect for those words. Then again I guess same could be used for WP's keyboard.
  • Nah, I think it's been proven by now that WP8.1's Word Flow is just incredibly and unbelievably accurate.
  • Begin typing this sentence and look at the suggestions, it suggests the words in the sentence so u would barely have to type anything if you tap fast.
  • Good catch.
  • In order to qualify for the record you can't select predicted words. You have to physically type them.
  • Swyping is not typing lol ;)
  • Well, typing is simply the act of manually selecting the letters that form the words you want to communicate. So swyping is, in fact, typing.
  • What I've noticed is that the keyboard predicts not only the word you are sleeping but also the likely next word based on the preceding words. It's pretty damn awesome. Windows phone did this way better than Android did when it first came out. I don't use Android anymore so I don't know how much it has improved since then.
    The last sentence above was typed merely by selecting the suggestions from word flow up until "has" :-)
  • You shouldn't be sleeping with words, numbers are going to get jealous.
  • I begin to type a sentence starting with THE and end up clicking the suggestions, longest ever wasclicking them suggestions for a 4 line paragrapgh LOL
  • Just tried that. This is what I got: The traditional way of life and the other hand is a good day at work and the other side effects of the traditional way of life is not responsible for any reason you have to go back and watch the game of thrones.
  • Kinda old. I've heard about this 3 weeks ago. I even thought this result was before the WP keyboard. Little punk!
  • He should try doing it on a windows phone then
  • Exactly! If the kid is fast, would he be faster on a WP Word Flow keyboard? You can't test drive two different cars exactly the same way with two different drivers and the same applies to keyboards.
  • Yes indeedy I don't think it was a fair test this dethroned talk is bollocks
  • Couldn't the same be said about word flow though? Who's saying the record holder from Windows phone wouldn't be faster on a galaxy? Don't get me wrong o love word flow but if you use the argument once you can just our twice.
  • Then there be no point in articles trying to make WP word flow look bad.
  • The article isn't trying to make word flow look bad, it's just giving people some info so blind WP fanboys don't go screaming at people with android devices that they have the fastest keyboard in the World (which is a rather lame achievement anyway).
  • Like I comment on this story with the word flow keyboard and I'm typing as I think of the words
  • Today is a sad day.
  • lol Well that didn't last long. Record taken away even before they could use it to promote the new version of the OS.
  • Yea, but like someone here already said, they can advertise it as the fasted *built-in* keyboard.
  • The kid broke the record, not the keyboard.
  • Same happen in case of WordFlow
  • You're quickly turning from a douce bag to a troll. But my big question is, how come you're still around when you already threatened a lot of times to move to iOS (iPhone 5S), Android (Z1 and Z2), non-Google Android (Nokia X), and a vague recollection of going Sailfish too.
  • Why do you care so much?
  • Lame
  • BOO!!!
  • Who determines the phrase you need to type?
  • Guinness World Records do.
  • Does it change each time? What's stopping someone from programming a keyboard that types the whole thing in 1 press (even if it changed you could wire it up to a web service once you know the phrase)?
  • It's the same every time, so it's fair I guess. At least this was the same sentence used for the Word Flow record. But yes, that could lead to a keyboard that is specialised to that phrase.
  • our keyboard is slightly specialized to this phrase try typing it regularly and look at suggestions.
  • To be fair Word Flow does crowdsource suggestions, so that could be from the number of times it was typed to practice for the record itself.
  • True I guess, if only I could check plexy for doing the same thing.
  • Exactly...
  • No, in order to qualify for the record you can't select any predicted words. You have to type the whole thing.
  • Correct, however on Word Flow it uses these suggestions as you type the next word to help determine what you're writing. So even if you don't use the suggestions, you're still being assisted by them.
  • Okay, but surely for the normal end user tapping on a predicted word is the whole point of this type of technology? So for me, these record attempts aren't really worth anyone's time besides those taking part.
    I personally didn't like Swype back in the day but I find the WP solution to be excellent and accurate too. Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • When I got 8.1 I went out and directly and compared the keyboard with my friends S4, dont have any non Wp devices in my house :P, so on the S4 if the word is a little out it doesnt recognise it whereas I go completely off on my 820 and it still gives me the word I need. Talk about a Smart Phone LOL
  • Congratulations to him!
  • Wow. I'm not even mad. That's amazing!
  • You're so wise. you're like a miniature buddha with hair
  • This news is like 2 days old? and thats an app vs a stock keyboard... oh well
  • Exactly, should've used the Google Gesture Keyboard as that's built in on Android.
  • ...what? Its a record for the fastest keyboard, not first party.
  • People are just feeling hurt for some reason and trying to justify what happens. It happens online all the time because people go out and spend lots of money on something they think is best at the time and when any news appears that doesn't put their device first in something then... Well lol pretty obvious. Just ignore it.
  • No, not trying to justify it, I know that both keyboards are just as fast as each other. I just think it would have been fairer to use the built in solution instead.
  • I know that, I'm not stupid. I was simply stating that to make it fairer they should have used the built in solution instead.
  • Hope its broken by WP again
  • Going to try it + going to make an app that counts the time, shows the phrase and deactivates suggestions. Wrote using
    Word flow in twenty seconds lol
  • Oooh, someone broke the record, damn its a deal breaker, I'm switching to android... Said no one ever
  • LOL!
  • Upvote
  • HAHAHAHAHA Here's your cookie.
  • It's also on iOS...
  • I always use word flow in fact I'm using it right now!
  • If u want to type that fast why don't you just call??
  • Call who? The Ghostbusters!?!!
  • Hi grandpa!
  • If that attracts girls, then I'll start using it today.
  • Swipe keyboard don't support all languages :/ not Norwegian...
  • That's how I notice when I accidentally switch keyboard languages, the WordFlow stops working...
  • I believe "the fastest keyboard in the world" is a bit misleading. I'm not fanboying but Word Flow is faster than that because it makes most of the work. This guy only proved he has the fastest fingers in the world, but that Fleksy keyboard in my hands is 20 times slower than Word Flow.
  • In that case, he must be given a WP and recheck the results...
  • Exactly
  • And the guy who was given a WP must be given an S4 to recheck the results...
  • Fleksy's logo looks like Cortana
  • You beat me to it!
  • What? A circle is a circle. Methinks someone is a little obsessed with Cortana. LOL Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Fleksy is more older than Cortana,
    May be MS copied it from Fleksy
  • Nobody has a patent on a circle so Microsoft did not copy Fkeksy. The original neutral comment was "...looks like...", very different from your "copy" which is an intentional action.
  • I can't believe someone didn't say that earlier.
  • And Cortana looks like Tron... Where are we going?
  • Omg. Really, in Turkish we call these things ibretlik tespit. It's really hard to translate but believe that it's good ;)
  • how many attempts......i tried it, couldnt do it in less than 45 seconds.  Its insane to type that fast.  I dont think I could type anywhere even close to that even if I tried over and over and over again.  I can do it in like 25 seconds on a standard pc keyboard though.
  • It would have been nice to actually see it happen. The video is a little over produced.
  • Not the record breaking attempt, but: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87GSLXM4lko  
  • I have liked to see him do this with Fleksy set to invisible mode. You can't even see the keys. It's awesome. But in wondering why this guy is using the keyboard that way. To me it's a lot faster to just swipe right once to add a space and t