Looks like third-party keyboards are a hit for iOS users

Did you download a new keyboard for your iPhone or iPad yesterday? If you did, you’ve got company. Swype and Flesky, which both cost $1, top the Apple App Store paid list today and SwiftKey tops the free list, with over half a million downloads on Wednesday, according to Om Malik. Even though 95 percent of users stick with default settings, according to some measures, that still leaves a lot of consumers who like customization and choice. Who would’ve guessed?

Windows Phone 8.1 may include a swipe style keyboard

Although Windows Phone already has a solid software keyboard, improvements never hurt. Windows Phone 8.1 will reportedly bring a swipe keyboard to the platform according to this video of the leaked software.

Why do physical keyboards still exist for mobile?

There are a glut of companies offering touchscreen keyboard software. While this means the typing experience on touchscreen devices is getting easier, it hasn’t stopped people from buying, or wanting to buy, mobile devices with real keyboards.

Swype hits Android 4.0 with Dragon Go! integration

Nuance added support for Ice Cream Sandwich, or Android 4.0, in the latest beta of its Swype software keyboard on Thursday. The new version has a limited audience base, but Swype is getting ready for devices as they gain the update to Android 4.0.

Why Nuance, a speech company, bought Swype

Voice-technology company Nuance Communications has confirmed that it has scooped up mobile text software provider Swype for $102.5 million, according to an SEC filing, adding Swype to its stable of voice and text input technologies. It’s just the latest pickup for Nuance.