While the rising popularity of smartphones is leading to more internet based communication, the classic text messaging, or SMS, is not out of fashion (yet) and probably won’t be for a long time. This article is about the best Android apps for text messaging, but if you can also check out our Best Android Apps for Messaging article.
All phones (smart or otherwise) come with built-in SMS applications, but the beauty of Android once again lies in its customization potential. If you are not particularly fond of the default messaging application (they are mostly dull and boring), you can install other applications with additional features or user interface improvements (the same is the case with Android keyboards – yes you can get rid of your boring built-in keyboard). Some of these texting apps are free, while others are paid. Links for these apps can be found at the end.
Messaging Metro Beta
This app is at the top of the list due to several reasons. The competition was very close, but because this app does an excellent job of bringing over the metro messaging interface (from Windows 7 and 8), is free and has an active developer, I believe it deserves appreciation (and exposure). The app will give your messaging a nice makeover – the metro interface is stylish and sleek. Users have the option to support the developer and unlock extra features. As the name suggestions, the app is still under development.
An excellent texting app which brings floating messages for users (which could only be done earlier using multiple different apps and widgets in combination). If you want to be notified about incoming texts while you watch a movie or browse the internet, and respond to them without leaving the current task, Ninja SMS is perfect for you. The app works like an on-screen widget, which pops up every time you get a text. You simply tap the notification box and it shows you the messaging thread, allowing you to reply to the text instantly. Currently the app lacks the ability to compose new messages (you can only respond to incoming messages) but the developer will be adding that functionality in future updates. Ninja SMS is not free, but if you are into multitasking, it is worth the price.
Sliding Messaging Pro
Another feature laden texting app with a new approach. Sliding messaging basically allows you to quickly swipe (flick with your finger) between different conversations. The interface is very similar to the stock Android messaging app (which is sleek) and the app has a lot of additional features like quick-reply and animations.
Go SMS Pro – Handcent SMS – Chomp SMS
The reason these apps are listed at the end of the list is because you have probably already tried them. These three apps are increasingly popular (over 600,000, 400,000 and 100,000 installations respectively), have a lot of similar features and probably no competition when it comes to customization and themes. However, I personally feel they can be very complicated for new users and can slow down devices (read ‘bloatware’). Chomp SMS is a good alternative though, and if you haven’t already tried it, give it a go to see how you feel.
Feel free to comment below and let me know how you feel about any of the applications in this list.