Nuance is shutting down Swype virtual keyboard services on Android
Nuance is shutting down Swype to focus on AI services
Swype a popular virtual keyboard with Dragon Dictation for smartphones and tablets is bidding farewell to its operations on Android. Founded in 2002 by Swype Inc. and was later acquired by Nuance in 2011. Supporting more than 50 languages, Swype was among Time magazines 50 Best Android Applications for 2013.
A ZenDesk post from early February announced that Swype keyboard for iOS is discontinued and will no longer be available on app store. The company post said:
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.
A Reddit user had complained about his Swype keyboard crashing and posted company’s response, which reads:
“However, we are sad to announce that Swype+Dragon for Android has faced end of development. Below is the 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.”
This move isn’t surprising as Nuance seems to concentrate all its efforts on AI technologies for business. It has already been providing Dragon voice solutions to medical professionals allowing them to take accurate notes. Apart from medical professionals, it also offers its AI and Dragon voice assistant services in vehicles. Below is the video of the same.
Sadly, it’s time for the users to find a new virtual keyboard for their smartphones while Nuance keeps working on technologies which would improve our daily experiences.