Android offers us opportunities, this is something we touched on in the first edition of our comparative series on app replacements available for Android. Last time we talked a bit about some of the more popular replacement Launchers that are available on the market but this time around, we’re going to touch on some of the various options available for SMS replacements.
Android, by default, comes with a stock SMS application that offers you pretty much everything you might need from an SMS app and stops right there. Alternate applications, however, offer everything you need along with a host of features that you might not even know you wanted. Before we plunge into a few of the top prospects, let’s take a look at what an SMS app actually is.
SMS stands for Short Message Service or Short Mail Service and is nothing more complicated than it’s common name, text messaging. Sending texts is possibly the most widely used method of communication in the world. Android SMS apps, by default, allow you to send, receive, customize notifications and a good selection of other organizational and clerical options. But what if you want to customize the user interface of your app? What if you don’t like the color of the icon in your notification bar? Maybe you’d like a convenient quick-reply box to pop up? Well, this is where SMS replacements come in handy. Here’s a look at a few of the most widely used SMS apps on the market. It’s important to also note that all SMS applications also support MMS, which are media messages such as pictures or sounds in the message.
Let’s take a look at three of the most popular SMS replacements available.