Swype, the original swiping keyboard, is officially dead

Swype Keyboard iOS will No Longer Receive Updates

Brings back memories, right?

That's right. Swype, one of the most popular keyboard apps out there, has been discontinued by its developer. Bad news for anyone that's having issues with it on a new phone.

The official announcement is yet to be made by the app developer but if you are a long time user of the Swype keyboard, this should be the time to make a change. Nuance, the company that bought Swype in 2011 for $100M, told a redditor today that they are no longer developing for the Swype keyboard and that they have chose to exit the "direct-to-consumer keyboard business".

Swype Keyboard gained popularity as being the default keyboard on plenty of Huawei devices but now Nuance is ending the support and all direct-to-consumer business to focus on AI solutions for sale directly to businesses. "We hope you enjoyed using Swype, we sure enjoyed working with the Swype community", Nuance told the user in a statement.

It was eventually released for Android as a paid for app in 2013 and for iOS the following year. Even if most of its loyal users claim that it performs better than other apps, the download numbers might prove otherwise. It will only stop the Swype keyboard app business.

In the consumer space, Google especially has also doubled down on its own Gboard keyboard (which includes a dictation feature). Sadly enough, the Swype keyboard is now discontinued.

The Swype Keyboard app is still on the Play Store, but it won't receive any future updates from here on out.

For those of you looking for a replacement for Swype, Gboard is your best bet and also, Swiftkey is still around.



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