Swype keyboard was a huge influence on the Android keyboard world. For many of us, it brought the swiping gesture to our attention and became a big part of our daily lives. Many keyboards tried to replicate it, but for a while Swype was easily the best. It was even loaded on many different phones from the factory.
Unfortunately, competition has gotten much better these days. SwiftKey and Gboard are both huge players with polished apps and solid swiping systems. Swype is no longer the best, and now it’s being abandoned. Nuance, the company behind Swype, had this to say.
“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 app will no longer be updated from here. It may also be taken down from the Play Store so download it now if you want to keep it around. It’s definitely sad to see such an influential and special app go.