Swype Keyboard Android and iOS Apps Discontinued


Nuance, developer of the once popular Swype keyboard for Android and iOS devices, quietly said earlier this month that it was discontinuing its iOS offering.

Nuance revealed that they are sorry to leave the direct-to-consumer keyboard business The main intention of the discontinuation is to enable the company to develop AI-based solutions for sale directly to businesses. Nuance, the company that has been powering the app for the past seven years justified the move claiming they would henceforth be channeling all their resources in developing AI solutions.

The folks at Nuance confirmed that their direct-to-consumer app Swype (the keyboard) was going out-of-business on February 20th, 2018.

Either way, if you look through any of the recent reviews for Swype, it appears as if the app is struggling.

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Both of the abovementioned virtual keyboard apps numbered over a hundred million downloads each, with Google's first-party option now over 500 million.

Back in the days, when Apple added support for third-party keyboards in 2008 with iOS 11, the app caught the eye of a lot of users. We hope you enjoyed using Swype, we sure enjoyed working with the Swype community.

Swype, one of the original apps we ever covered on this site, has apparently been put to rest by its owners. If not Gboard, there's Flesky or SwiftKey and many other mobile keyboard apps for smartphones.

In other words, the apps are on to a path of slow death and will be increasingly risky to use by anybody given the ever-evolving security scenario.