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Verizon Messaging for Group Text
Saw that the Verizon Messaging app was updated for ICS in a group messaging thread here so I decided to install it and give it a try.
This definitely works for group text. I sent out a group text to some friends with ICS and iPhones. Replies from ICS phones came back in that person's individual thread (as expected since they do not have a reply all button); replies from people with iPhones were retained in the group message thread (as expected). The app has some customization for bubble and background colors, which worked fine. But it is supposed to allow customized notification LED colors, which I could not see.
One negative aspect I've noticed so far is that once installed; only Verizon Messaging notifications show up in the notification bar. If you disable the Verizon Messaging notifications while keeping the ICS notification on, no notifications at all come up in the notification bar. Even after a reboot. This is a deal breaker for me, so I will probably un-install and hope for an ICS update. I dont want to use a third party for functionality that should be built into the native app.
Another thing I did notice was after installing this app, the ICS messaging app structures the group messages properly. Of course it just doesn't have a reply all button, but that indicates to me that it wouldn't take much to the fix the ICS messaging app to implement group text.