Nuance, the developers of the Swype Keyboard, has announced that development of the popular third-party keyboard has ceased and that the app will be pulled. That includes their iOS and Android products. The company says this is so that can focus on their AI solutions and other products.
Nuance's statement was very brief and followed reports on the popular XDA Developers site that the iOS version would be pulled.
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.
Interestingly, they made a similar statement regarding Swype+Dragon for Android via Reddit, when a developer asked questions. In that response, Nuance said
...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.
The announcement about the Android version being dumped is interesting as they released an updated version earlier this month.
I recall something similar to Swype way back in the late 1990s or early 2000s for the Pocket PC but, to the best of my recollection, they were the first to bring that feature to more recent smartphone devices, initially through licensing agreements with some Android OEMs who included it on their devices and then later as an optional add-on for iOS. But with many copiers of their tech, despite it being patented, Nuance struggled to get a massive foothold in the market.