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If you’re looking for a way to improve the functionality of your iOS Messages app but don’t feel like shelling out for BiteSMS for iPhone, there are plenty of decent alternatives out there. Couria, which is currently available in beta, is one such tweak, offering a neat Quick Reply and Quick Compose system for a more efficient way of dealing with messages. At this point in time, it’s free of charge, and having been tailored for the relatively new iOS 7, looks very much like a native feature.

Couria is described by the developer as a “centralized and customizable” QR/QC system for iOS, and in actual fact, the support for the Messages app only comes about courtesy of the specialized extension. This means that while Couria and the SMS / iMessage add-on make for a much more fluid messaging experience for jailbroken iOS users, Couria can also be used to wider effect in third party apps like WhatsApp and Tweetbot by means of extensions. Moreover, it’s also themeable, so if you’ve been having a field day playing around with the aesthetics of your device, you can ensure that Couria complies with the look you’re striving to achieve.

Couria header

The fact that it is open-source means that those familiar with code can have a play around with it themselves, and in the process, make this great tweak even better. Having been released last week, the developer of Couria has been well and truly dedicated to making improvements, with subsequent updates bringing things a lot more up to scratch.

Couria popup

Sure, there are still quite a few bugs to be ironed out and such, but with features like group messaging support now seemingly running without too much difficulty and with more proposed changes in the pipeline, Couria may prove a huge hit with those frequently messaging.

Couria settings

As aforementioned, it’s free of charge, and you can get your hands on it by adding the cydia.qusic.me repository in your list of Cydia sources.

Couria package page

In addition to main Couria install, you can install Couria for WhatsApp and Couria for Tweetbot extensions from same repo to add the same Quick Reply/Compose for these apps as well.

Give it a blast, and be sure to let us know how you get on by dropping a comment via the usual channels.

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