Don't get too nostalgic, though.
Android and iOS users have been able to use third-party keyboards for a while now by simply downloading them straight from the Play Store or App Store respectively. However, it looks like those days may be over in the future as Nuance has confirmed that they are discontinuing Swype for Android and iOS.
Swype was one of the first big names to embrace third-party keyboard support in iOS 8. Nuance, the company that acquired veteran swipe-to-type keyboard maker Swype - all the way back in 2011, shelling out a cool $100M - has ended development of its Swype+Dragon dictation Android and iOS apps. Nuance adds the move is "necessary to allow us to concentrate on developing our AI solutions for sale directly to businesses".
"Nuance will no longer be updating the Swype+Dragon Keyboard for Android".
The news was further confirmed when XDA developers reached out to Nuance. The app was really popular for years even despite its privacy issues. Sadly, all good things come to an end.
Unfortunately, the custom keyboard's days are numbered as the development of Swype has ended in order to focus on their AI solutions.
In the consumer space, Google especially has also doubled down on its own Gboard keyboard (which includes a dictation feature).
The latest Android version of Swype was released in the Play Store on January 18, 2018 and it will be the last version. The original gesture typing app has been around longer than most other keyboard apps, and it is still a primary choice for many users.
Swype has been discontinued.