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The Swype keyboard app for Android has been discontinued
The Swype Keyboard app has been discontinued. The news arrived via Reddit (and was confirmed by XDA) after a person reached out to the app’s owner, Nuance Communication, with a support query.
In response to the question about the app crashing on the Google Pixel 2, the Swype Product Team issued the following statement:
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.
Swype Inc., founded in 2002, was one of the pioneers of the swipe/glide touchscreen keyboard function—something which helped one of its employees achieve a Guinness World Record in 2010 for the fastest text message written on a touchscreen mobile phone. The company was bought by Seattle-based startup Nuance Communications in 2011, and the Swype keyboard was exclusive to Samsung devices for a while before being launched as a standalone app. The functionality has been adopted by many major keyboard apps.
Swype has been discontinued both on Android and iOS, though Nuance is expected to continue pushing its Dragon Dictation technology in automotive and medical fields.
If you’re a Swype user looking for a new alternative, check out our list of the best Android keyboards at the link (I switched from Swype to SwiftKey some years ago and have never looked back).