In a significant development, Nuance Communications had confirmed to a Reddit user that Swype Keyboard is no longer under active development. However, the Swype Keyboard app can be downloaded from Google Play Store. The main focus of the keyboard was to simplify swipe typing paired with voice dictation.
A Reddit user with the handle @dancedar revealed that he had emailed Nuance support when Swype crashed on his Pixel 2.8.1 after a reboot. He was prompted to provide a screenshot of the error. However, the Nuance’s product team responded back with a shocking statement that the company will no longer provide any updates for the Swype+Dragon keyboard for Android.
Nuance revealed that they are sorry to leave the direct-to-consumer keyboard business The main intention of the discontinuation is to enable the company to develop AI-based solutions for sale directly to businesses. Going forward, the company will provide software solutions to business houses and not to the end-user or consumers.
To recall, Nuance is the brain behind the development of Dragon Naturally Speaking voice dictation software, which enabled users to simplify the typing speed via voice. With the rapid evolution of Android platform, the company shifted its base to the mobile segment. The company is gearing up to develop AI-based solutions to enhance voice-based dictation and the discontinuation of the software will enable developers to concentrate on the development activities.
Meanwhile, Nuance also confirmed to XDA Developers that they are ending development of Swype Keyboard. The app is available in Google Play Store for $1. If you would like to experience the software, you can purchase and install it. However, the company won’t be providing any updates or any support.
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