A text message is one of the most popular ways to communicate around the world. It’s fast, easy to do, and it does not require you to stop what you’re doing like phone calls do not. We understand that many people still prefer the human touch of talking on the phone and we respect that. However, let’s be honest facts, most people are texting these days. Let’s take a look at the best text messaging apps for Android to see if we can not help you make your text message experience better. Keep in mind that several text applications will have problems depending on your device, the Android version, carrier, and text message habits.
EvolveSMS had a bit of a bad start, but since then it has become one of the best and most robust text messaging apps on Android. It offers complete multimedia support that includes audio, video, and gifs along with message archiving, customizable notifications, and password protection. It’s not as heavy as something like Chomp SMS or Handcent that many people will appreciate and that even comes with Android Wear support.
GO SMS is one of the most popular text messaging applications on the list and for good reason. It comes with a lot of features that include hundreds of themes, SMS blocking, delayed text sending, dual SIM support, and much more. There is even a private life picture where you can send private, encrypted messages to your friends. It also includes the usual guest of things like emojis and stickers. It works well, even if it is a bit heavy. It is also free to download.
The first of the two Google applications to decorate this list is Google Hangouts. This is actually a messaging service similar to Skype, Facebook Messenger, and others. The difference is that you can actually use this application for text messages as well, as long as it is enabled in the settings. As a text application, Hangouts is above average with good MMS support, a simple interface, and can even be sent to people in your location, if you want. It is also completely free and is probably installed on your Android device already.
Google Messenger is Google’s default text messaging app that started shipping with the Nexus 6 and soon became available to everyone. It is a simple and light text message application that does not offer much in the luxury department. It is done so that by having almost impeccable material design and some small fun features, including text search, SMS blocking, emojis, stickers, sharing location, and message archiving.
QKSMS is a newer text message application that was unveiled during the time when material design applications were hard to find. This sticks almost strictly to Android’s design guidelines so you know what kind of visual experience you’re into. Some of the features include themes, a night mode (dark theme), floating notifications, group messaging, MMS, and search. It is also protected against the Stagefright bug that has existed. QKSMS is free and is still open source!
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