Nuance Discontinues Swype Keyboard for iOS and Android

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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.

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Sleaka J

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No tears from me. They consistently fell behind in features and updates. New versions of iOS would cause issues and it would take them too many months to fix it when another version of iOS just released after their update would cause problems all over again. That and the placement of that stupid button in the bottom left.

It was good when it was released in 2014, but those days are long gone.
 

gim

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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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RedKite

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Forgot that you could use 3rd party keyboards on iOS. Lol. Which is silly because I used either Swiftkey or Swype when it launched and quite enjoyed it..... but soon removed it due to some privacy issues IIRC.
 

JosephAW

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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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If only 3rd party keyboards weren't so slow.. but that's an IOS problem not a particular keyboard app problem. Swype was decent, swiftkey works well.. but in the end they are all pretty slow.
 
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rorschach

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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.)
So can I.

You can download discontinued apps from the purchase history section of the App Store at any time. Just downloaded Swype. Heck, I can still download the iPhone 4 bumper case app.
 
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Chupa Chupa

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To me this is the biggest single problem buying products that depend on 3rd party servers. The service can shut down tomorrow and over night your hardware or app becomes a door stop or dead space. Or the service can change TOS and remove features, often with minimal or worthless compensation.
 
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IGI2

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The native Apple keyboard has multi language support since iOS 10.
But yes, I'm also a very satisfied SwiftKey user.
And what you missed in the post you're commenting is that SwiftKey has a multilanguage support WITHOUT switching keyboards.

I can write a polskie słowo or an english word. <-- with a single keyboard without thinking about the language.
 

gim

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And what you missed in the post you're commenting is that SwiftKey has a multilanguage support WITHOUT switching keyboards.

I can write a polskie słowo or an english word. <-- with a single keyboard without thinking about the language.
No, I have not missed that, Mr. Smarty pants.
The native iOS keyboard has the same exact feature since iOS 10.
 

IGI2

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No, I have not missed that, Mr. Smarty pants.
The native iOS keyboard has the same exact feature since iOS 10.
Well, guys you didn't read it carefully enough (there is no Polish)
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Polish is not to be found here as well:
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And those Swype/ SwiftKey has Polish from the very beginning of their existence.
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No, I have not missed that, Mr. Smarty pants.
The native iOS keyboard has the same exact feature since iOS 10.
So you missed that I wrote some polskie słowa and English ones ; )
 

gim

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Guess what, it doesn't really work, I type in three languages, iOS multi language keyboard input sucks.
Well, guys you didn't read it carefully enough (there is no Polish)
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Polish is not to be found here as well:
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And those Swype/ SwiftKey has Polish from the very beginning of their existence.
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So you missed that I wrote some polskie słowa and English ones ; )
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.
 
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IGI2

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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.
Well, that's the reality check. If I'm getting asked if Apple Maps has transit maps I say no, because in my reality no.

Same situation here.

If you're asked if McDonalds has waiters you would say no. Why do you care if there are waiters in Poland or not?

My bad I haven't mention the language. Have a good day, sir!

But Apple should get used to this treatment as it is a global company and they have Polish website (https://www.apple.com/pl/) and they sell in Poland.
So Apple Poland hasn't introduced multi language support in keyboard yet : )