Nuance has confirmed that it has stopped the development of Swype keyboard for Android and iOS. While the development of Swype for Android has already been discontinued, the iOS version will be abandoned soon as well.
Swype was among the first third-party keyboards to be available for iOS once Apple got around to adding support for them with the release of iOS 8 in 2013. Since then, the keyboard was regularly updated with new features and bug fixes, though over the last couple of years or so, it has not received any major updates. This clearly showed that Nuance was focusing on other aspects of its business and its Swype keyboard was no longer its priority.
Nuance has not exactly been forthcoming in their announcement about the iOS version of the keyboard also being no longer developed. Its statement to a Reddit user only mentioned the Android version of the keyboard no longer being developed.
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.
However, some digging from the folks over at XDA Developers confirmed that the development work on the iOS version of the keyboard will also be soon abandoned. The keyboard will continue to be available for download from the App Store though so if you feel like, you can continue using it without any issues.
Thankfully, you can still find plenty of great keyboards for your iPhone or iPad on the App Store. This includes Google’s Gboard and SwiftKey, which is now owned by Microsoft. Both keyboards are regularly updated with new features and have support for far more languages than Swype.[Via XDA]