For the longest time, one of the advantages of Android over iOS was the ability to use third-party keyboard apps available on the Play Store. Brings back memories, right? The popular keyboard app was released on Android in 2013, Since then it was the main keyboard app for many people around the world.
Well, apart from ending the development of Swype+Dragon for Android, the product team has given similar statement regarding Swype+Dragon for iOS. Meanwhile, Swype's direct-to-consumer business model stagnated, relying on paid apps even as other keyboards offered a similar experience for free. We hope you enjoyed using Swype, we sure enjoyed working with the Swype community. Among the established alternatives is Swype, which has been available for almost five years on Android and over three on iOS.
Like a lot of my fellow Android users, I often used to jump back and forth between keyboard apps on my phone. The same version of the app which is also available on iOS will be discontinued. A quick check with the Google Play Store shows that Google Keyboard and SwiftKey were noticeably downloaded more times.
In the consumer space, Google especially has also doubled down on its own Gboard keyboard (which includes a dictation feature).
What this means in real terms is that no new features will be added and that its likely that compatibility with newer devices will be limited as Android evolves. Do you want the app to stay or would you go for an alternative?