Android and iOS users have been able to use third-party keyboards for a while now by simply downloading them straight from the Play Store or App Store respectively. These keyboards provided their own unique features and experience for users, and most importantly gave them a choice.
Swype, one of the most popular third-party keyboard for iOS and Android, has been discontinued today. Nuance made the announcement following a post on Reddit where a user claims that during a conversation with Nuance support he received the following message:
However, we are sad to announce that Swype+Dragon for Android has faced end of development. Here is a statement from Swype Product Team:
Nuance 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.
The iOS app was confirmed to be discontinued on this ZenDesk post.
The announcement wasn’t too surprising since Nuance has been heavily focused on its direct-to-business applications.
Users of the Swype keyboard will no longer be receiving any updates to the app. If you are looking for an alternative third-party keyboard, I would highly recommend Google’s Gboard as it contains a lot of the features you likely used in Swype.