Good news for iOS 5 beta testers! biteSMS – the popular Messages.app replacement – is now compatible with all betas of iOS 5.
The news comes straight from the twitter account of biteSMS where the announcement was made in a tweet sent out a few hours ago.
According to the announcement, the version of biteSMS for iOS 5 released today is a “very early beta”, so there are expected to be loads of bugs. However, the developers state that it is “pretty stable”, so if you’ve been waiting for biteSMS to arrive over on iOS 5, you should definitely give it a try.
From biteSMS forums:
Due to the overwhelming number of emails from users wanting to be private beta testers, we have decided to release this iOS 5 compliant version via a public beta repos.
Saying that, it’s a pretty stable release and we hope you like the new look Quick Compose and Quick Reply plus the deep integration with the Apple Notification Centre. Also iMessage works seamlessly inside biteSMS.
Only install if you are running iOS 5!
biteSMS’ early beta comes with a new look for Quick Compose and Quick Reply, as well as deep integration with the Notifications Center – one of he biggest new features of iOS 5 (which just happens to be taken straight out of Android). The devs also state that biteSMS also integrates with iMessages.
Known issues for the release are: some unspecified features aren’t working, app is a bit crashy, it doesn’t support iPod touch and animations are slow. Users are suggested not to file bug reports. These issues will indeed be fixed when the stable version is released (ETA unannounced).
You will, of course, need a jailbroken iPhone in order to get biteSMS up and running. Provided that you’re already running the latest beta of iOS 5 i.e. beta 7, you can jailbreak it two tools available: redsn0w for Mac/Windows or Sn0wbreeze for Windows. Both jailbreaks are tethered, so every time you restart your device, it will have to plugged in.
If you are interested, the iOS 5-compliant biteSMS can be downloaded and installed after adding the following repo to Cydia: http://test-cydia.bitesms.com/ from Manage > Sources > Edit > Add.
Users are asked to performed a tethered reboot after installing biteSMS.