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Old July 3rd, 2012, 10:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi there, what are the best alternative messaging (sms/mms) apps these days, especially for the Galaxy Nexus? I usually use Handcent, but after resetting my phone yesterday and going to reinstall the app today, I saw some comments about that app potentially uploading personal data to a server...so I'm staying away from it.

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handcent was going to be my suggestion. I haven't used a third party sms app since getting the G Nex. But i used to use Handcent.
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I was a handcent on my Inc for about 6 months then switched to gosms for a long time. I think Chomp is better, faster, and simpler than both. It's more of a "no frills" sms app
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I like GoSMS mainly because of how much I can customize it to fit in with the ICS color theme. It gets the job done for me =)
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Go SmS has been mine for months now, before it became Go sms pro actually. Love the customizing options, plus it has a pretty nice ICS theme that comes with it.
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I'm using Pansi messaging because I like the simplicity and the inverted black background option.
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is anyone using google voice as their main texting app? how do i get texts to show up in a thread to the person i text? i'm getting a new text thread for users today, but i texted them yesterday (shows up in a separate thread).
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is anyone using google voice as their main texting app? how do i get texts to show up in a thread to the person i text? i'm getting a new text thread for users today, but i texted them yesterday (shows up in a separate thread).
that's just a common problem with gvoice. it always creates a new thread even if you already have another thread with the same contact. it's pretty annoying but it's something i guess we have to get used to.
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is anyone using google voice as their main texting app? how do i get texts to show up in a thread to the person i text? i'm getting a new text thread for users today, but i texted them yesterday (shows up in a separate thread).
I use Google voice pretty regularly because I can text from my tablet, like forwarding a link or something. I like it, but have a pretty low standard for a messaging app. It needs to send and receive and not use much juice.

It does group them in "conversations" vs just by persons.
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Go sms. Win.
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Go sms. Win.
Right up to the point where they add AirPush to the app - at that point for me it'll be sayonara Go SMS Pro and welcome back Handcent.... (they've already done this to Go Contacts)
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SMS Enhancer

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zenkun.smsenhancer&feature=nav_resu lt#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDMsImNvbS56ZW5rdW4uc21zZW5oYW5j ZXIiXQ..

Does the one big thing missing from the stock app - pop-ups. The ICS messaging app looks good and does everything I need now. Used Go SMS for around a year before this.
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Right up to the point where they add AirPush to the app - at that point for me it'll be sayonara Go SMS Pro and welcome back Handcent.... (they've already done this to Go Contacts)
Thats why i have a Backup of it and if i saw that i'd just restore the backup
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Right up to the point where they add AirPush to the app
Hopefully, we will have JB installed by then (that will let us "mute" airpush ads for any app)
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Right up to the point where they add AirPush to the app - at that point for me it'll be sayonara Go SMS Pro and welcome back Handcent.... (they've already done this to Go Contacts)
Has this been done already, or are you just hypothesizing on what could happen in the future?
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Has this been done already, or are you just hypothesizing on what could happen in the future?
I know it happened with Go Contacts and I hear tell of people say it also happened with another go app. Just saying is all that if this is a path the Go Development team have set themselves on then I think it's definitely possible they could target other apps of theirs as well.

Equally they could see the response that dropping Air Push onto Go Contacts has produced (a sea of 1 star reviews on Google Play) and reverse course.
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i've been using gosms since august
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I know it happened with Go Contacts and I hear tell of people say it also happened with another go app. Just saying is all that if this is a path the Go Development team have set themselves on then I think it's definitely possible they could target other apps of theirs as well.

Equally they could see the response that dropping Air Push onto Go Contacts has produced (a sea of 1 star reviews on Google Play) and reverse course.

Ouch!! That'll learn em! So far so good for me but if I start to notice anything funny I'll drop em just the same.. Thanks for pointing it out.
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I used SMS POPUP which is the best one i thing but no theme customization but it provide custom contact notification less ram usage and fast then DROID notify PRo
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Handcent is the only one I use. Super customizable. I've tried Gosms but it was a little buggy.
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GO SMS, I used to use Handcent but there were a few bugs that they never took care of. I originally didn't like GO SMS because it's too much customization for me and the logo is silly, but it works.
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As of last night Handcent still won't send a picture message. Are you having this problem?

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Was using Handcent and really liked it but started having issues receiving pictures. Ended up having to uninstall am now using GoSMS
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I'm now using the stock messaging combined with SMS Popup app.
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I prefer the stock SMS app, but the only thing it's missing is the ability to set different notification tones for each contact. That's really the only thing missing for me, and Id rather not install a bloated app where I won't use 99% of its features.
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SMS Enhancer

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zenkun.smsenhancer&feature=nav_resu lt#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDMsImNvbS56ZW5rdW4uc21zZW5oYW5j ZXIiXQ..

Does the one big thing missing from the stock app - pop-ups. The ICS messaging app looks good and does everything I need now. Used Go SMS for around a year before this.
I'm glad I stumbled on this thread. This a great enhancement to the default app. I've tried a lot of third party apps and they all worked fine but when I got the Galaxy Nexus I didn't feel the need for anything else but the stock app.

This has a great feature, in that when a message is received and your screen is locked, you don't have to unlock it and then open the messaging app. Send off a quick reply and it locks itself.
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Am I right that the stock SMS app won't send contact info like Handcent will? Or is has that changed?
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Handscent has a ton of features but it was always too dam sluggish with all those extra features! I used to use Verizon's Messaging app for the longest time because I got the features that I wanted from Handscent. The last update removed all the customization. I'm now using Chomp SMS.
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anyone know one that gives you a new number for free talk and text. I have unlimited data so im not worried about that aspect.

google voice is kinda lousy
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I'm of the opinion, that with Google Voice, you get so much more than you pay for. How is what they offer, lousy?
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I'm of the opinion, that with Google Voice, you get so much more than you pay for. How is what they offer, lousy?
For a mega conglomerate like Google, google voice is lacking. Slow sms transmission on both ends and sometimes even no transmission, no mms, general glitchy app, poor app ui, I mean seriously I love android but Google does neglect some of their own apps... When it works it works but when it doesnt...
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Are you kidding me? You get a free phone number that allows you to make free phone calls to anywhere in the US (from any landline in your same area code or any computer anywhere), free texting from any computer and the ability to receive calls to your GV# at any number you choose.

All for free.

Selective voicemail messages depending on the caller, call blocking depending on the number, free international incoming calls (GV to GV). That's pretty handy when my wife travels to Japan.

When I change carriers I never have to worry about transferring my number to a new carrier or notifying my contacts about a new number. I just tell GV where I want my phone number to ring.

I even have a widget on my website that allows someone to enter their phone number and click "Call" and from anywhere in the US it connects them to me, at whatever phone I happen to be using at the time, without any charges to either party.

And I'm just scratching the surface when it comes to options.

And it's free.

But you think it's "lame"?
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Are you kidding me? You get a free phone number that allows you to make free phone calls to anywhere in the US (from any landline in your same area code or any computer anywhere), free texting from any computer and the ability to receive calls to your GV# at any number you choose.

All for free.

Selective voicemail messages depending on the caller, call blocking depending on the number, free international incoming calls (GV to GV). That's pretty handy when my wife travels to Japan.

When I change carriers I never have to worry about transferring my number to a new carrier or notifying my contacts about a new number. I just tell GV where I want my phone number to ring.

I even have a widget on my website that allows someone to enter their phone number and click "Call" and from anywhere in the US it connects them to me, at whatever phone I happen to be using at the time, without any charges to either party.

And I'm just scratching the surface when it comes to options.

And it's free.

But you think it's "lame"?
All the features you just mentioned can be captured by many many 3rd party apps in the store, you do know that right...

And I noticed you mentioned free more than once, does free validate the postponement of progression and innovation? Hell, I get free mobile to mobile from Vzw. Riddle me that, because its almost as if you went to the store and copy/paste the description. GV is Google's answer to BBM and Imessage, that doesnt make it a saving grace and a solution to communicates.

I wish Google was as enthused about GV as you are because if they were GV would be a 5 star app, but its not, and thats my point. Therefore, if you have no other honorably mention-able apps I see no progression to a solution here, I only see this getting more hostile.

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All the features you just mentioned can be captured by many many 3rd party apps in the store, you do know that right
Maybe you can point me to an app in the store that gives you a phone number for free?
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For a mega conglomerate like Google, google voice is lacking. Slow sms transmission on both ends and sometimes even no transmission, no mms, general glitchy app, poor app ui, I mean seriously I love android but Google does neglect some of their own apps... When it works it works but when it doesnt...
Except the the 'no mms' part, I'm not sure I agree with you.
  • I haven't had any delayed sms transmission on either end (actually, Sprint's sms may be a minute or so late, but google voice's SMS has been fairly quick - reaches either party in less than 30 seconds usually).
  • Gitchy app - hmm - it works just fine on my phone, and I use the extension on my chrome browser too - that works fine too.
  • Poor app UI - well, ok, it is an outdated looking UI - not at par with the Holo theme of Jellybean, but it is a functional UI.

Yes, Google could (and should) give a little more love to this app, but even with the outdated UI, it is pretty neat (given how much the google voice service can do - see AlkiDweller's post) - it is MUCH more than BBM or IMessage simply because of the fact that it gives you a free new number with a LOT of control over that number.

Remember that google voice is not just the app you install on your phone - it has the web piece to it that allows you to control who can call you, when they can call you, gives you call screening capability, gives you free forwarding ability to other phones that can be based on time - aka single number reach, calling any US telephone # from your computer using the GV plugin, receiving/responding to SMS messages from your Email... etc.

Yeah, I like google voice


Back to the op though - is Google voice a good alternative messaging app? No (if you ignore all the other features that it brings). In my opinion, the stock messaging app on the Galaxy Nexus is more 'polished' than the google voice app for SMS
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