Who remembers Swype? Back when Android was still booming and exploding with every new release, Swype was the go-to keyboard for anyone that wanted swipe gestures to speed up their typing on the otherwise terrible keyboards of the day. Brings back memories, right?
Don’t get too nostalgic, though. Swype has confirmed that they’re no longer supporting the keyboard, and it’s officially no longer seeing updates. Bad news for anyone that’s having issues with it on a new phone.
This was confirmed on Reddit when a user reached out to Nuance directly since the keyboard would repeatedly crash on their Pixel 2 after the Android 8.1 update.
“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.”
The consumer business is tricky, even for big companies. In Nuance’s case, it makes more sense to focus on selling AI solutions to businesses instead of trying to compete on the Play Store. And if I’m being completely honest, I don’t disagree; I can’t remember the last time I’ve used Swype since so many other keyboards nicked its swipe gesture selling point, and with most larger phones now I never even bother with swipe gestures for typing on my keyboard, anyway. We also haven’t written an article about Swype since 2015, if you were curious.
We’ll probably always look back at Swype with rose-colored glasses, but take a moment to appreciate the company trying to save us from horrific OEM bloatware keyboards on older Android devices.