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The nimblest texting fingers on the planet belong to a 15-year-old US student named Gaurav Sharma. Youtube Video Sharma has landed a Guinness World Record for typing a 25-word text message on a touchscreen of a mobile phone by writing his message in just 18.44 seconds. That message: The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera …

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  1. Evil Auditor Silver badge
    Joke

    Obviously autocomplete

    What was he really trying to type?

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    2. Anonymous Coward
      Holmes

      Re: Obviously autocomplete

      So - iOS is the only major smartphone OS left where you can't do swyping or "word flow"?

      Tap, tap, tap, fanbois...

      1. DougS Silver badge

        Re: Obviously autocomplete

        That was always true, since few consider Windows Phone is a "major" smartphone OS.

  2. Raumkraut

    Optimise for awards

    This strikes me as possibly leading to a similar thing to computer performance benchmarks, whereby manufacturers tweak their product specifically to get a better score on the benchmarks, but with little or no practical real-world improvement. If I create a phone keyboard which lets you "type" that piranha thing in a single press, could I claim that as a new world record?

    Is this supposed to be a world record for the physical act (an athletic achievement), or for technological progress (like "fastest electric land vehicle")? AFAICT it seems to be a fairly meaningless munging of the two.

    1. Zacherynuk

      Re: Optimise for awards

      Isn't that exactly what 3Dfx used to do with OpenGL / Quake Benchmarks etc?

      Eg: (circa 1999)

      TomsHW : Is it correct that drivers can be easily optimised for one application?

      3DFX: Yes - that's part of the benchmarking game.

      Undoubtedly still goes on, according to Nvidia my GTX 690 seems get between 6% and 20% faster in most games with every driver iteration...

    2. DanDanDan

      Re: Optimise for awards

      Just tried entering the text on my S4 and lo and behold, it has autocomplete options. As soon as I entered genera, it kindly suggested "Serrasalmus". Looks like you're right!

    3. Vociferous

      Re: Optimise for awards

      If autocomplete is enabled all that's needed is a custom dictionary.

  3. Tromos

    Not using predictive text...

    ...is cheating. It has only ever served to slow me down by predicting wildly off target words or autocompleting words that were complete before the extra bits got tacked on.

    As far as the test phrase goes, took me damn near 18.4 seconds to read it never mind try to type it!

  4. jake Silver badge

    Who the hell cares? What's the point? Is there any worth to this?

    Serious questions.

    1. Thomas 4
      IT Angle

      Re: Who the hell cares? What's the point? Is there any worth to this?

      What's the IT angl- oh wait.

    2. AceRimmer
      Devil

      Re: Who the hell cares? What's the point? Is there any worth to this?

      Allow me:

      Who the hell cares?

      You, clearly, hence your post

      What's the point?

      Of what?

      The world record? Simple one-upmanship which has been going on since the dawn of time

      The Article? Entertainment and ad revenue

      Your post? There is none apart from stoking your own ego

      Is there any worth to this?

      Again - you need to be more specific

      The world record? In itself no but it does confirm that input methods into mobile computing devices is getting better

      The Article? It will contribute to someones income

      Your post? No

      As someone who has worked with computers for a number of years I know the value of being clear and specific in my writing.

      Maybe you should try the same

  5. poohbear

    programmed learning...

    As a Swiftkey user, I know it learns the words I use ... so I'm pretty sure his keyboard app learned all those words, and was able to correctly guess what he was trying to type even if his finger motions did not hit all the correct letters ... thus the record is 'assisted' and not valid.

    1. James Hughes 1

      Re: programmed learning...

      And yet he has a Guinness certificate to prove it. I guess you know more than they, then.

      1. Matt 21

        Re: programmed learning...

        He probably does.

  6. Ivan Headache

    Did he really beat it?

    According to the nokia he didn't becasue it says the world record is 20.53ms

    Or do they use some weird microsoft time units?

    1. Woza
      Joke

      Re: Did he really beat it?

      Weird Microsoft time units? "Your text will be complete in 20 seconds... 17 seconds... 14 seconds... 4 minutes... 1 second... 6 seconds...complete"?

      1. DanDanDan

        Re: Did he really beat it?

        Obligatory http://xkcd.com/612/

  7. ifraser

    I just typed the same sentance in under 15 seconds using my Blackberry Z10 with swipe type.

    Windows phone obviously doesnt live up toe the BB os.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Video, time stamped

      or that didnt happen!!!!

    2. Tom Maddox Silver badge
      Headmaster

      Given that you managed to misspell "sentence" in your post, I'm somewhat dubious about your claim.

  8. linicks

    Seems pointless...

    ... when in 'real life' (if he has one) he would only type 'm8' and 'wtf' and 'ur gr8' and other shite.

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