What is the Spritz reading app?

A reading app that claims to enable you to read up to 1,000 words per minute has attracted a lot of attention, but how does it work? We explain what is Spritz, and how it works. It’s not surprising that an app that claims to enable its users to read at 1,000 words per minute has attracted attention – especially when we tell you the average reading speed is a lowly 220 wpm.

Spritz will initially appear on only the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone and Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch. However, Spritz’ CEO Frank Waldman claims to be in talks with the likes of Google, Yahoo and Amazon. So watch this space.

What is Spritz?
In its simplest form Spritz is an app for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch that lets you read quicker than you normally would by showing you one word at a time.

How does Spritz work?
While there are other apps on the market that claim to enable you to read faster, Spritz is a little di erent. According to Waldman, this di erence is due to Rapid Serial Visual Presentation. It places a lot of emphasis on the positioning of each word, highlighting the recommended ‘focus letter’ to give the reader the best chance of processing each word. Waldman also claims that Spritz has an incredible algorithm built into the app that decides how long each word should be displayed onscreen.

When can I get Spritz on my device?
There is no o cial release date for the Spritz app on devices other than the S5 and Gear 2 but, given the amount of attention the app has received even prior to its launch, it would be madness for the German tech company not to strike while the iron is hot.

How much will Spritz cost?
Waldman hopes to follow the WhatsApp business model, which means it will o er the speed-reading app free for a limited time, then start charging a small fee for the app further down the line.

Will I process everything I read?
Yes, according to Spritz. Research suggests that reading retention while using Spritz is equal to that of traditional left-to-right reading. The company also claims that with experience you will soon remember more of the text than you did before.