Android is an interesting operating system to say the least. Smartphone manufactures offer different default SMS app for their devices. Just like Samsung has touchwiz, its own texting app is also unique from Huawei, LG, HTC or Samsung. Some offer a very nice experience while others not so much. So, it’s not a surprise that as an android user you may be looking for an alternative SMS app especially if your stock application lack certain features. Let’s’ look at 4 apps you might want to consider.
This is by far my favorite texting application. That said, as its name suggest it’s made by Google for android and offers all features available for default text application like: SMS, MMS, Group Text among others. Where it gains some points is its usability. It has a very nice colorful interface that is very easy to use and uses Material Design much like all other Google apps. On supported carriers, you can send messages over Wi-Fi or your data network, see when friends have read your message, and more.
I know what you are thinking, isn’t this just a Facebook chat application. But, the messenger application is more than a just Facebook chat app. It allows you not only to connect with your contacts much like WhatsApp does but with supports for SMSs to those friends without messenger on the other hand. All your messages can be managed at one point. It can replace your default texting application. On top of that, it offers features such as video calls, photo sharing, group chats, emojis, stickers and gifs. The best part is, you don’t have to join Facebook to use it.
This app approaches the texting issue quite differently. It’s all about ensuring that the texting experience is not as dull as some of the default SMS apps. Solves this problem by offering lots of customization options. Has over 180 material design themes, bubble & app icon colors. Dark, light & auto-night modes, multiple bubble styles etc.
You can Customize your preferred theme & bubble colors, signatures and notifications (icon color, ringtone, vibration, privacy, reminders and muting) for each contact individually, or all. Other features include: Copy partial texts, Support for Pushbullet, MightyText, Android Wear and Android Auto for enhanced notifications and replies and Dual Sim support among others.
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This application has both a free and paid version. It is also the most popular app in this list. The free version offers the following features: Private Box to texts encryption, sticky conversations for you to highlight important text messages, popup, dual sim support, SMS blocker among others.
On the other hand, the pro version offers features such as: Blocking all sponsored texts, unlimited storage for SMS backup among others.