While I am a satisfied user of the stock Messaging app (mixed with SMS Popup) that comes with the Galaxy S II on Android 2.3/4.0, there are plenty of people out there who prefer a messaging app that does more than just send/receive text messages. They want abilities like being able to schedule texts, receive pop-up notifications, voice input/output, a nice home-screen widget, blacklisting, favorite contacts etc. etc.
Apps like GO SMS and Powow do offer most of these features and now, popular texting app Handcent SMS has received a major version bump which includes a handful of new features and improvements. Check it out after the jump!
Developed by handcent_market, Handcent SMS is a powerful free texting app that will introduce you to text messaging experiences you haven’t witnessed before! Alright, that was a bit of a hyperbole, but it’s no doubt that the number of features that Handcent SMS comes with is rather overwhelming at first.
Let’s discuss first the new features included in Handcent SMS 4.0 [Google Play]: full support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (including bug fixes for ICS on Galaxy S II), updated user-interface, free texts to other Handcent users and support for an upcoming cross-platform (Android/iOS) chat service a la ChatON. We’ve tested the app on a Samsung Galaxy S II (Android 4.0.3 ICS) and can confirm that the new features work really well.
Other than that, you still get crazy-powerful features like scheduled texts, batch texts, quick replies, backup/restore, advanced theming, up to 250MB large MMSes and whole lot more.
If you’re in the market for an alternative messaging app, you can’t go wrong with Handcent SMS and its mind-boggling number of features. Sure, the default theme is pretty tacky, but with a little customization you can give it a unique look.
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