Nuance ends development of Swype and Dragon keyboard for Android and iOS

Posted February 20, 2018

When a Redditor claiming to have reached out the company regarding an issue, Nuance allegedly responded by saying that it "will no longer be updating the Swype+Dragon keyboard for Android".

Swype has been on the Android Market/Google Play Store since as far back as 2013, and at the time of publishing this article, the Play Store indicates it has between 1,000,000 and 5,000,000 installs.

When Android was still in the relatively early stages of adoption, one of the apps that helped Android stand out against the iPhone was a keyboard app called Swype. As or now, are you still using the Swype keyboard app on iOS?

Former Swype CEO Mike McSherry - who was instrumental in growing the mobile keyboard's usage and later sold the company to Nuance - told GeekWire that it was sad to see the product "mothballed". These keyboards each provide their own unique features to make text entry a better experience. Nuance has confirmed that it has stopped the development of its Swype keyboard app. As per XDA Developers, Nuance has confirmed the discontinuation on the development of Swype with Dragon Dictation for Android. Did you use Swype? We personally love Google's Gboard a lot. The app we here at PCMag once referred to as the "grand-daddy of swiping keyboards" is going away. It's still on the Play Store, so if you want a dead keyboard app for some reason, grab it while you can.

Swype has been discontinued.

Both of the abovementioned virtual keyboard apps numbered over a hundred million downloads each, with Google's first-party option now over 500 million.