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Swype keyboard Has Been Retired By Nuance

Swype keyboard was the first app that brings gesture types to the smartphone and, of course, the Swype team got their big pay day in 2011. Nuance acquired Swype keyboard for $102.5 millions in an all cash deal. Swype keyboard wasn’t only dominating android but also got a lot of attention on iOS as well (when iOS opened up to 3rd party keyboard app). The reason behind the retirement for the Swype keyboard app is most likely because of the market saturation plus the core business focus on Nuance side. Although Nuance chose to end the development of the Swype keyboard (you can no longer download it from iOS App Store or Google Play Store), you won’t be missing too much of this gesture typing innovation (back then) though. Why? Because there are so many alternatives on the market nowadays… some flagship smartphones also has this type of features built-in by default (e.g., Samsung Galaxy S series and Note series). Even if your phone does not have a default swipe gesture typing functionality, you can easily download one from many choices from Google Play Store or iOS App Store.

Since we are talking about keyboard app here, we gotta give you 3 recommendations that you should definitely give them a try here today. So … let’s get into it right away 🙂

 

1) Gboard

This is an almighty keyboard that has ever created if you’d like to do EVERYTHING inside of “Gboard world”. Of course, it includes the swipe gesture typing ability; hence, like we mentioned that … if you miss the Swype keyboard offering, Gboard won’t disappoint you even a bit. It might give you a reason to support the decision of the retirement of the Swype keyboard by Nuance.

You can do so much more on Gboard then any other keyboard applications on the market. You can do “search” directly on it, you can get “image” directly from it, you can get “GIF” directly from it, and you can even get the “weather forecast” right on it as well. There are just so many useful features you might love (or even need once you know those features exist) so … we will let you be the judge after you give it a try.

Download from:


Google Play Store

Apple App Store

 

2) Google Handwriting Input

This isn’t a full keyboard set … in fact, this is a complementary app of the Gboard app. Once you have the Gboard app installed on your android phone, you should go ahead and install the “Google Handwriting Input” app to enable the handwriting ability on the keyboard (iOS does NOT need this app since the handwriting has been on iOS keyboard since its inception back in 2007).

What this app does for you is … well… you would guess that it gives you the handwriting ability to get messages sent across the board. You are correct to a degree since “Google Handwriting Input” app is also providing you some features that can offered only by Google such as “search” queries … so … it’s so useful when you really want to just use your fingers to write some messages or even emails. For instance, draw a smiley face and send it. Try it out to see how it will make your life so much easier.

 

Download from:


Google Play Store

3) Cheetah Keyboard

If you wanna have a fancier keyboard on your lovely smartphone, you should give “Cheetah Keyboard” a try. Not only it can also give you the gesture typing feature but also it has many themes that you can customize your keyboard (you can even DIY your themes). And … yes… it available on iOS as well. So … just head to Play Store or App Store to download and play with it.

 

 

Download from:


Google Play Store

Apple App Store