There is no denying that there are some unique features offered on third-party keyboard apps, that default Android and iOS keyboards fail to do. Consequently, a lot of users live on third party apps almost entirely. One such app is Swype, which is available on both Android and iOS. In fact, Swype also comes pre-installed on a bunch of Android smartphones. However, as it turns out, this the end of it.
Nuance Communications took to Reddit to announced that it is discontinuing the app for both Android and iOS, and will be ending any future support for the app. Apparently, a Reddit users reached out to the company regarding an issue, to which Nuance allegedly responded by saying that it “will no longer be updating the Swype+Dragon keyboard for Android. We’re sorry to leave the direct-to-consumer keyboard business, but this change is necessary to allow us to concentrate on developing our AI solutions for sale directly to businesses. We hope you enjoyed using Swype, we sure enjoyed working with the Swype community.”
XDA Developer further discovered that Nuance announced the iOS version of the app would be discontinued as well. Nuance team was quoted as saying, “Nuance will no longer be offering the Swype keyboard on iOS app store. We’re sorry to leave the direct-to-consumer keyboard business, but this change is necessary to allow us to concentrate on developing our AI solutions for sale directly to businesses.”
For the rebel in you, if you have never used Swype but you are now curious after reading the news of its death in the near-future, the app is still available to download on the App Store and the Play Store. For how long, that cannot be said. And if you are looking for an alternative to the app, then Gboard, Swift, Apple QuickType, and Work Flow among others can be considered.