Well folks, all good things must come to an end eventually. Swype Keyboard is officially being discontinued. This was one of the most popular apps for years, becoming so popular that Huawei eventually pre-installed Swype on its devices.
However, it seems that the road has ended, after a redditor revealed that Nuance support issued the following:
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.
This was then confirmed by multiple outlets, which all said that Nuance would be shutting down Swype. As you can see from the provided comment, Nuance (the company that owns Swype), is looking to provide more solutions for businesses versus the public.
There are a lot of different keyboard apps still available on the Play Store, but only one has my trust and attention – Gboard. This may not be the sexiest pick, and there may not be a slew of customization options in Gboard, but it gets the job done. I have rarely run into an issue that caused any problems with Gboard.
Nonetheless, that may not be for you, so let us know in the comments what your favorite keyboard app is for Android!