Nuance Discontinues Swype Keyboard for iOS and Android

After over three years on the App Store, developer Nuance has decided to discontinue the gesture-based Swype Keyboard apps for both iOS and Android devices. The company's announcement of the iOS app's discontinuation came earlier this month, but it's only just begun to garner attention due to a confirmation of the Android app's removal given to XDA Developers.


On Android, the company discontinued its Swype+Dragon for Android keyboard app, which combined Swype's unique swipe-to-type feature with Dragon's voice dictation. On iOS, it appears that one version of Dragon remains on the App Store in the United States, called Dragon Anywhere. Attempts to search for "Swype Keyboard," however, do confirm the third-party keyboard app is gone from the App Store, with results surfacing rival company apps like SwiftKey.

According to Nuance, the company's decision to shut down Swype was a "necessary" move, granting it the ability to focus on selling AI solutions in the enterprise market. Recently, Nuance has been working on voice dictation software for medical professionals, as well as placing it within vehicles.
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.

We hope you enjoyed using Swype, we sure enjoyed working with the Swype community.
Although Swype is no more, users still have access to third-party iOS keyboard apps like Gboard, SwiftKey, Fleksy, Grammarly, and more. In terms of functionality, SwiftKey is the app that aligns most with Swype's swipe-to-text abilities, letting users enter text one handed using the SwiftKey Flow feature.

A current search for Swype on the iOS App Store

When Swype launched in the fall of 2014 alongside iOS 8, it was one of the few keyboard apps that did not require "full access" to the iPhone to function, limiting some of its feature sets but providing better user privacy.

iOS 8 updated iPhones and iPads with the ability to support third-party keyboards on a systemwide basis, and at the time Fleksy, SwiftKey, and Swype jumped to the top of the paid and free iOS App Store charts in multiple countries. Although Fleksy has had a rocky development history, Swype is the first of these initial keyboard apps to see its development discontinued completely.

Tags: Swype, Nuance


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8 months ago
What is very nice, is that Swiftkey supports entering multiple languages without switching. This is an incredible feature for me, and I hope that Apple will soon support it natively.
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8 months ago
That's okay. I can reinstall it anytime I want by using iTunes and sync the app that I downloaded. (Unless your one of those people who trusted Apple with your app purchases and found out that Apple threw you under the bus and you no longer have the app sync tab in your iTunes.)
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8 months ago

It was terrible swiftkey is miles ahead and best swipe keybaord maybe one day apple adds it so can go back to stock


Did you use SwiftKey to type this response?
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8 months ago
It was terrible swiftkey is miles ahead and best swipe keybaord maybe one day apple adds it so can go back to stock
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8 months ago
Native keyboard needs swype. It's 2018, get on it apple.
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8 months ago

I feel you. I'm from Germany and we're also missing many features Apple has introduced elsewhere. Our markets just aren't that important for a global company, but it's a shame that Apple makes you feel like a second class customer.



Well, it is the exact same feature. I agree that it's a lot worse, but it still exists and it's supposed to do the exact same thing as SwiftKey's multi language support.


Seems to me I need to be pedantic since you still don't understand, if it was exactly the same it would be on par with the other one, guess what, apple is crap compared to the other one so it's not exact.
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8 months ago
I tried swype, and just didn't work for me. I use swiftkey and it works well
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8 months ago
Any decent keyboards that doesn't require full access?
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8 months ago

What is very nice, is that Swiftkey supports entering multiple languages without switching. This is an incredible feature for me, and I hope that Apple will soon support it natively.


The native Apple keyboard has multi language support since iOS 10.
But yes, I'm also a very satisfied SwiftKey user.
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8 months ago

Maybe you two have missed one or two things when you first quoted my post.

I've never claimed that the automatic detection works as well as SwiftKey's.
I also didn't say that there is every language available. I only wrote that it is not true that the native iOS keyboard does not have this feature at all. It does.


Yes you did: :p

The native iOS keyboard has the same exact feature since iOS 10.


I just said it's no good, that's all.
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