Fast Five: Apps for Better Text Messaging
Are you tired of your stock Android SMS app? Why not replace it with another that’s built with more function and design? Here’s a Fast Five roundup of some of the top Android text messaging apps you can use.
Textra, perhaps, is one of the best SMS apps around. Owing its UI to Google’s own Material design, it offers a lot of functionality under its hood. It’s smooth and fluid, and is customizable up to the individual contact thread colors. It even has an option for choosing a dark background, in case you are not fond of light colors.
Like Textra, Evolve SMS is also a text messaging application with Google’s Material Design in tow. It sports three different layouts to choose from, aside from three choices of backgrounds. It supports more than 850+ emoji emoticons, and is fully compatible with Android Wear devices.
Go SMS Pro has something that most of other messaging apps don’t: Dual-SIM messaging. This is probably one of the only few apps to support handsets with dual-SIM capability, and has a popup message function for the times a new message needs immediate responses. To add to that, users can select from a plethora of themes, free and paid, available for download.
Hello is a unique messaging app. What sets itself apart from other messaging apps is that its conversations are tabbed. To switch to another conversation thread, all you have to do is to click on the contact’s icon. Pretty useful if you’re having a lot of conversations at the same time.
Rounding up our list is Hoverchat, an app formerly known as Ninja SMS. If you like Facebook Messenger’s chat heads feature, this is probably the SMS counterpart. The app specializes on creating floating conversation windows, and how they appear and look in your screen.
Special Mention: Google Messenger
While it did not enter our Fast Five, we have to give Google the credit for creating a really fluid messaging app. After tons of roadmaps that even involved spinning Hangouts into allowing SMS functions, Google Messenger embarked to be a fine craft from the Mountain View giant.
That’s it for our list of some of the best messaging apps you can use to replace your boring stock one. We know a lot of other great ones that have not been included, so let us know what SMS app you think deserve to be in this Fast Five by using the comments section down below.