The SWYPE keyboard on Android phones is really smashing world records for mobile typing. Earlier this year the record for typing was set by SWYPE employee Franklin Page typing this horribly complicated canned message in 35.54 seconds:
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
Yeah I tried typing it on my Torch and stopped counting after a minute… Now Melissa Thompson, a 27 year old British woman, broke Franklins record by typing that same sentence in 25.94 seconds using SWYPE on a Samsung Galaxy S. Pretty impressive right? Doing the math off the top of my head that is almost a word a second.
I asked one of RIM’s senior VP’s at the Torch recently if RIM offered API functionality that would allow SWYPE to add their keyboard to the BlackBerry Torch or BlackBerry 6 and he told me that currently it was not possible. He did say that developers could create a custom keyboard for a single app but there is no way to globally add a keyboard like you can on an Android smartphone.
Hopefully somebody at RIM is reading this article and working on a way to get SWYPE working in BlackBerry 6. Until then let us know how fast you can type the test sentence. Who knows maybe there is a BlackBerry guru who can beat Melissa’s word a second…