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adder7712
Sep 23, 2013, 01:26 AM
Any good replacements for the default SMS app? I've tried GO SMS but it's now littered with ads.

Recommendations (as per the folks below):
Sliding Messaging Pro - $1.99 (http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.klinker.android.messaging_donate&hl=en)
Textra (my personal favourite) - Free (http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.textra&hl=en)
Handcent - Free (http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.handcent.nextsms&hl=en)

GO SMS is decent, if you don't mind the ads.
GO SMS Pro - Free (caution: ads, ads galore) (http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jb.gosms&hl=en)



MacRumorUser
Sep 23, 2013, 02:34 AM
Any good replacements for the default SMS app? I've tried GO SMS but it's now littered with ads.

Yep, try stock

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.concentriclivers.mms.com.android.mms&hl=en

adder7712
Sep 23, 2013, 03:59 AM
Yep, try stock

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.concentriclivers.mms.com.android.mms&hl=en No MMS support? That's a bummer.

Would try it regardless.

tbayrgs
Sep 23, 2013, 08:22 AM
I like stock but don't like the MMS size limitations. I tried Go, Handcent, and couple others that I didn't like. Ultimately I settled on Textra (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.textra&hl=en) and couldn't be happier. It doesn't offer the tons of functionality that many of other pile on and I would never use--simple and clean look, pop-up replying works great.

jamojamo
Sep 23, 2013, 09:06 AM
I like stock but don't like the MMS size limitations. I tried Go, Handcent, and couple others that I didn't like. Ultimately I settled on Textra (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.textra&hl=en) and couldn't be happier. It doesn't offer the tons of functionality that many of other pile on and I would never use--simple and clean look, pop-up replying works great.

Thank you for the recommendation! Looks really nice.

(Building up my app list for the Nexus 5) :)

El3ctronics
Sep 23, 2013, 10:25 AM
I use Textra as well and it's by FAR the best SMS replacement app I've tried. HIGHLY recommended.

MacRumorUser
Sep 23, 2013, 10:58 AM
Sliding message pro is also very nice one..... I use it.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.klinker.android.messaging_donate&hl=en

Cnasty
Sep 23, 2013, 11:46 AM
I use Handcent since I got my S3 as I didnt like the stock.

I like it because I can do a quick reply from anywhere even on top of the lock screen.

Razeus
Sep 23, 2013, 04:30 PM
I kid you not, everyone should use Textra. The only bad thing about it is it's app icon. However, this is how texting should have been on Android. At least until Google gets Hangouts SMS/MMS capabilities.

KentuckyHouse
Sep 23, 2013, 05:32 PM
I kid you not, everyone should use Textra. The only bad thing about it is it's app icon. However, this is how texting should have been on Android. At least until Google gets Hangouts SMS/MMS capabilities.

Using Textra here as well, but I miss the quick reply popup from ChompSMS. It works so well and the one from Textra only works when the screen is unlocked (kinda defeats the purpose). But the dark setting on Textra is nice and I love how it functions.

Cnasty
Sep 23, 2013, 06:31 PM
Gotta have the quick reply capability after being spoiled with it.

Has changed texting altogether for me.

Alfuh
Sep 23, 2013, 06:56 PM
I've tried quite a few replacements (chomp, Go SMS Pro, Handcent, Pansi SMS, Quicktouch).

Used to use Go SMS, but got tired of the ads and increasing lag I would experience

Switched to default messaging, but would miss out on some MMS images due to size limitations

JUST installed textra based on recommendations in this thread and it's awesome! Thanks guys

Six8
Sep 23, 2013, 07:14 PM
I like stock but don't like the MMS size limitations. I tried Go, Handcent, and couple others that I didn't like. Ultimately I settled on Textra (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.textra&hl=en) and couldn't be happier. It doesn't offer the tons of functionality that many of other pile on and I would never use--simple and clean look, pop-up replying works great.

Thanks!

MacRumorUser
Sep 24, 2013, 02:50 AM
Yep decided to give textra a whirl and its nice :) better than Sammy's stock messaging app anyway :)

adder7712
Sep 24, 2013, 04:50 AM
Started using Textra. Love how clean and minimalistic it is. :D

LadyX
Sep 24, 2013, 04:58 AM
I recommend Textra as well.

tbayrgs
Sep 24, 2013, 07:59 AM
Yep decided to give textra a whirl and its nice :) better than Sammy's stock messaging app anyway :)

Funny, I was about to give your recommendation a try as well, like the sliding functionality and clean look, appears similar to stock Android app, whose appearance I like.

adder7712
Sep 24, 2013, 08:14 AM
Yep decided to give textra a whirl and its nice :) better than Sammy's stock messaging app anyway :)

I had some troubles with the stock Sammy messaging app. Textra is such a delight.

Cnasty
Sep 24, 2013, 08:37 AM
Tried Textra last night but didnt like that there was no quick reply on top of the lock screen function.

That is a must now after being spoiled by that function in Handcent so i went back.

Razeus
Sep 24, 2013, 09:00 AM
I had some troubles with the stock Sammy messaging app. Textra is such a delight.

Yep. The stock app gives me an error like "file to big" and it over compresses the photos I'll send. If I tried to send multiple photos of my son to my wife in 1 message, it'd get that "too big" message.

I did the same thing with Textra, and BOOM, it send 5 high rez 20 megapixel images that were about 12 megabytes in size each without a problem. No error messages, no "compressing the photo" messages. It just took care of it and sent it, they way I've been used to on iOS. I'm sure it shrunk the photos to get it through, but it "just worked" as it should.

Pro tip: Go into MMS settings and change the "send size limit" to the Max your mobile provider allows. Mine is sent to 600KB (default is 300kB) for AT&T's network.

Edit: Also, download the emoji's pack for Textra.

Southernboyj
Sep 24, 2013, 10:28 AM
Any good replacements for the default SMS app? I've tried GO SMS but it's now littered with ads.

Recommendations (as per the folks below):
Sliding Messaging Pro - $1.99 (http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.klinker.android.messaging_donate&hl=en)
Textra (my personal favourite) - Free (http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.textra&hl=en)
Handcent - Free (http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.handcent.nextsms&hl=en)

GO SMS is decent, if you don't mind the ads.
GO SMS Pro - Free (caution: ads, ads galore) (http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jb.gosms&hl=en)


Are you rooted? If you are, I'd highly recommend getting the CyanogenMod SMS app. You can use it without actually installing CyanogenMod.

It's basically the exact same as the stock app, supports MMS, and supports Emojis.

mattopotamus
Sep 24, 2013, 10:59 AM
Are you rooted? If you are, I'd highly recommend getting the CyanogenMod SMS app. You can use it without actually installing CyanogenMod.

It's basically the exact same as the stock app, supports MMS, and supports Emojis.

CM easily has the best messaging app IMO

Razeus
Sep 24, 2013, 12:38 PM
This will all go away once Google fully outs Hangouts. I'm really surprised Google has nothing native that's comparable to iMessage. I'd like to see iMessage, Dialer and Facetime be one app from Apple. I really hope Google will pull this off. I'm hoping for it to be in Android 4.4 KitKat.

mattopotamus
Sep 24, 2013, 01:04 PM
This will all go away once Google fully outs Hangouts. I'm really surprised Google has nothing native that's comparable to iMessage. I'd like to see iMessage, Dialer and Facetime be one app from Apple. I really hope Google will pull this off. I'm hoping for it to be in Android 4.4 KitKat.

I agree their stock app needs to be so much more than it is. Would be great if hangouts is that all in one solution, but I have been hearing that for a year now and the last upgrade was just a name change and a few UI changes.

Razeus
Sep 24, 2013, 01:26 PM
I agree their stock app needs to be so much more than it is. Would be great if hangouts is that all in one solution, but I have been hearing that for a year now and the last upgrade was just a name change and a few UI changes.

I still don't know why it takes so long to put in SMS/MMS into hangouts. I consider iMessage a major feature that prevents switchers from going to Android. I know it was for me and I sorely missed it when using Samsung's stock messaging app. I'm glad I found Textra, but it seems to be Google should be all over this by now. I also wish Google Voice was the native built in dialer, because the S4 version is not a pretty sight at all. :p I'm just saying something like this is a deal breaker for most switchers and Google should already have something like iMessage by now. It's been 2 years since Apple launched that?

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CM easily has the best messaging app IMO

Those guys really need to start parting their apps and putting them in the Play Store.

Antitryptic
Sep 24, 2013, 07:18 PM
Textra is always my go-to app on all my Android devices. It has a clean interface and it's runs really smoothly. I've used Go, but I couldn't handle all of the ads that it threw at me. :p

kirky29
Sep 25, 2013, 05:14 AM
I actually use the Facebook messaging app to handle all my SMS's.
You get the chat head things and it has all my Facebook messages too.

Works well for me.

MacRumorUser
Sep 25, 2013, 06:03 AM
I actually use the Facebook messaging app to handle all my SMS's.
You get the chat head things and it has all my Facebook messages too.

Works well for me.


Yeah always surprises me how Facebook Messenger can handle the SMS/MMS handling and hangouts cant ? All hangouts has to do is use the pre-configured settings on your handset and make itself the default SMS app much like ANY of the third party ones.

Razeus
Sep 25, 2013, 09:41 AM
Yeah always surprises me how Facebook Messenger can handle the SMS/MMS handling and hangouts cant ? All hangouts has to do is use the pre-configured settings on your handset and make itself the default SMS app much like ANY of the third party ones.

Yep. It's baffling how Google is handling the Hangouts app. It really should have been the default messaging app for Android.

I didn't know FB handles SMS/MMS. I need to download that app and look into it.

MacRumorUser
Sep 25, 2013, 09:56 AM
Yep. It's baffling how Google is handling the Hangouts app. It really should have been the default messaging app for Android.

I didn't know FB handles SMS/MMS. I need to download that app and look into it.

Yep it's facebook messenger - and then go into the settings and enable sms/mms & if you want, chatheads.

Alfuh
Sep 25, 2013, 08:22 PM
I was under the impression that the FB Messenger could only send SMS, but not MMS. Was I just wrong or has it been updated? Any chance it also has group texting too (not group FB chat) ?

adder7712
Sep 26, 2013, 12:32 AM
Yep. It's baffling how Google is handling the Hangouts app. It really should have been the default messaging app for Android.

I didn't know FB handles SMS/MMS. I need to download that app and look into it.

If Google would fuse Hangouts with the SMS app it would work wonders for me. Just like iMessage, texts to numbers that are linked to a Google account would be sent via Hangouts and not SMS.