Nuance Discontinues the Swype Keyboard App
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Nuance has announced that it has stopped developing the popular Swype keyboard app. We say “popular,” but the fact it’s taken anyone several weeks to notice suggests Swype’s best days were behind it. Which at least explains Nuance’s decision to kill Swype.

There was a time when swiping gestures and predictive text weren’t common on smartphones. Which is where Swype came in. Now, swiping is standard on Android, and plenty of other third-party keyboard apps What Is the Best Alternative Keyboard for Android? What Is the Best Alternative Keyboard for Android? We take a look at some of the best keyboards in the Play Store and put them to the test. Read More offer similar features. Leaving Swype surplus to requirements.

The Swype Keyboard App Is No More

As reported by XDA, at the beginning of February, Nuance announced that the iOS version was being discontinued. No one noticed until a Redditor reached out to Nuance about an issue with Swype for Android, and he was duly informed development had ended.

Nuance has since stated that Swype is “no longer available for new downloads from the iPhone or Android App Stores and that we are no longer maintaining or making updates to the app.” However, “the core technology behind Swype will continue to be utilized and improved upon across other Nuance offerings”.

These other offerings include voice dictation solutions for both medical professionals and the automotive industry. Two areas where Nuance clearly wants to focus its attention. There must be more money to be made in selling to businesses than to consumers.

Despite Swype no longer being available on Google Play or the App Store existing users are welcome to continue using the app in its present form for the next few months or until Nuance decides otherwise. Which gives everyone plenty of time to find an alternative.

One-Handed Swiping on Smartphones

This is a sad end for a keyboard app that popularized a new way of typing on a smartphone Swype For Android, Reviewed: A Hassle To Install, But Is It Worth It? Swype For Android, Reviewed: A Hassle To Install, But Is It Worth It? I've long since fell in love with sliding/swiping keyboard, as my SlideIT review from a year ago shows. But when people hear "swiping keyboard," SlideIT isn't usually the first name that comes to mind: Swype... Read More . It’s just a shame for Nuance, which acquired Swype in 2011, that everyone else “borrowed” the idea of one-handed swiping for themselves. Which means that $100 million acquisition may not have paid off.

Do you currently have Swype installed on your smartphone? Are you going to carry on using the app for as long as possible? Or are you already looking for an alternative? How do you feel about Nuance killing Swype? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. John Wood
    September 2, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    I hemmed and hawed a long time before purchasing SWYPE. Now, I'm orphaned, no card, no goodbyes, not a kiss, not even a reach around WTF.

    WHAT THE HELL AM I GOING TO DO NOW. YEARS OF TRAINING MY DICTIONARY FOR THEM TO "steal" it away from me. BULLSHIT I SAY.

  2. Leigh J
    February 26, 2018 at 7:20 am

    It's funny. I'd been trying out the trial version for about a month, then today I went to buy the full app and got the message "this app doesn't exist". Thanks for clearing that up!

  3. decafjava
    February 22, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    This is a real pity. Great keyboards and pretty innovative idea for touchscreen.