Sixteen-year-old Marcel Fernandes is officially the world’s fastest texter according to the Guinness Book of World Records after completing the designated 25-word paragraph in 18.19 seconds.
Using the Fleksy keyboard app, Fernandes typed out the paragraph and broke the record that was previously held by 15-year-old Gaurav Sharma (18.44 seconds). Sharma used Microsoft’s newest Windows Phone 8.1 software, with the lauded Word Flow keyboard.
If you’re interested in trying to beat the record, you’ll have to practice as the paragraph doesn’t come up in everyday conversation, and there’s no trace of txt speak either! Simply 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.” Well, if nothing else, at least you might learn something.
According to Fleksy’s COO, Ioannis Verdelis, beating the record was always a goal of the company’s technology. The company held a contest which asked entrants to test their texting skills against the record. Fernandes was the victor of that contest and then pulled through when it really mattered.
To celebrate beating the record, the company released an update to its Android app, including a World Record Challenge contest. Users will be challenged to beat Fernandes' world record and will be handsomely rewarded for their attempts. The top scorer will receive a new Nexus 5 and the 10 runners-up will get a copy of the latest Guinness Book of World Records. The app is currently free for 45 days and available on Google Play.