Swype Discontinuing iOS and Android Virtual Keyboards to Focus on Business Market

Posted in Apps, iOS on 20/02/2018 by Chris Hauk


Nuance is dropping support for its Swype virtual keyboard offerings for Android and iOS devices. The company is making the move as it focuses its efforts on the business market.

Swype Discontinuing iOS and Android Virtual Keyboards to Focus on Business Market

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9to5Mac reports the news came from a Reddit user who posted a message from Nuance support.

We are sad to announce that Swype-Keyboard for iOS has been discontinued. Here is a statement from Swype Product Team:

Nuance will no longer be offering the Swype keyboard on iOS app store. 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.

The Swype gesture based keyboard allows users to drag their finger from key-to-key, to quickly enter words on their iOS device. The keyboard also includes a predictive text engine and predictive punctuation to cut down on “Swypes.”

While the Swype keyboard was initially quite popular, that popularity took a big hit in 2016, when Google debuted its Gboard keyboard, which provides a built-in search function, as well as a Swype-style keyboard.


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