1. JeffDenver's Avatar
    I was on board with SMS integration into Hangouts, but then I tried this app. Full Material Design, and it works beautifully.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...m.textra&hl=en

    THIS is what the native Android texting app should look like. Hangouts needs to follow this pattern. Fast, smooth, simple, and intuitive WITHOUT taking away options. You can still customize colors and text sizes and other stuff. I wish the app would do Gtalk as well.
    10-29-2014 10:56 AM
  2. Almeuit's Avatar
    I use ChompSMS and have never used another app for texting since then. ChompSMS is made by the same developers as textra.

    Simple, fast, quick reply, and customization.. Awesome!
    10-29-2014 01:57 PM
  3. spydersilk's Avatar
    I have been using textra for a couple months and really like it. Hello sms is nice too. I have a Galaxy s5 and the stock sms seems laggy to me
    11-02-2014 09:19 AM
  4. A895's Avatar
    I use the SMS App from Lollipop, it works on KitKat
    Attached Thumbnails Textra has convinced me to stop using hangouts for SMS-uploadfromtaptalk1414959794681.png   Textra has convinced me to stop using hangouts for SMS-uploadfromtaptalk1414959802679.png  
    11-02-2014 03:23 PM
  5. Crispy's Avatar
    Sadly I cannot use any of these with Google Voice.
    11-03-2014 02:15 AM
  6. JeffDenver's Avatar
    The only reason I tend not to use some default google apps is the restrictions. It's why I don't use the default launcher.

    I mam guessing you cannot change colors in the Lillipop text app? And there is no dark mode? Google seems to have gone the Apple direction in restricting choices like that. There is no dark mode in the new Gmail either.

    Textra is as fast and smooth and clean as any Google app, but also has more options.
    11-03-2014 10:54 AM
  7. A895's Avatar
    The only reason I tend not to use some default google apps is the restrictions. It's why I don't use the default launcher.

    I mam guessing you cannot change colors in the Lillipop text app? And there is no dark mode? Google seems to have gone the Apple direction in restricting choices like that. There is no dark mode in the new Gmail either.

    Textra is as fast and smooth and clean as any Google app, but also has more options.
    True and I used Textra for a while, but I think the Lollipop messaging app looks nicer, and has less options.

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    11-03-2014 02:00 PM
  8. ianhanson85's Avatar
    I use the SMS App from Lollipop, it works on KitKat
    Which app is that?

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    11-03-2014 03:04 PM
  9. A895's Avatar
    Which app is that?

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    It is an apk I downloaded online. Not recommended for novice people.

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    11-03-2014 03:31 PM
  10. neonworm's Avatar
    It is an apk I downloaded online. Not recommended for novice people.

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    It's actually really easy to do. Even for someone who hasn't done it before.
    11-03-2014 06:37 PM
  11. A895's Avatar
    It's actually really easy to do. Even for someone who hasn't done it before.
    Not knowing where to go to download it may be an issue.

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    11-03-2014 07:06 PM
  12. neonworm's Avatar
    Not knowing where to go to download it may be an issue.

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    Okay, I see your point now. Didn't think about that.
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    11-03-2014 07:07 PM
  13. MDMcAtee's Avatar
    Not knowing where to go to download it may be an issue.

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    It's amazing how little some people who like the Android phones don't use the best search engine available to them. No disrespect to anyone here... But I see this all the time, not only on forums but in person too. It's similar to having to explain to some folks who have a Swiss army knife that they have a lot of neat things on it besides 1 blade........... Lol

    Posted via Android Central App on my HTC M8
    11-07-2014 05:40 PM
  14. A895's Avatar
    It's amazing how little some people who like the Android phones don't use the best search engine available to them. No disrespect to anyone here... But I see this all the time, not only on forums but in person too. It's similar to having to explain to some folks who have a Swiss army knife that they have a lot of neat things on it besides 1 blade........... Lol

    Posted via Android Central App on my HTC M8
    To be honest, all I did was google lollipop messenger apk. But I recognize some people may not be comfortable downloading an unknown apk from the web. I personally have been doing it for years, no issue.
    11-07-2014 05:48 PM
  15. MDMcAtee's Avatar
    To be honest, all I did was google lollipop messenger apk. But I recognize some people may not be comfortable downloading an unknown apk from the web. I personally have been doing it for years, no issue.
    I know, there are many different ways of getting apps not normally available, some from good places you can trust , some questionable places too, but it all starts with searching for it then researching how to get it on the phone.

    The new Gmail, Maps, Calendar, SMS and a few other Android 5.0 items are readily available to download and have early. All without rooting or custom roms.... You gotta love it having the Swiss Army knife of smartphones....... Lol
    A895 likes this.
    11-07-2014 06:15 PM
  16. A895's Avatar
    I know, there are many different ways of getting apps not normally available, some from good places you can trust , some questionable places too, but it all starts with searching for it then researching how to get it on the phone.

    The new Gmail, Maps, Calendar, SMS and a few other Android 5.0 items are readily available to download and have early. All without rooting or custom roms.... You gotta love it having the Swiss Army knife of smartphones....... Lol
    That is one thing I love about Android, is that I can replace any app on my phone with something else. I have been using the Lollipop messenger app for weeks now.

    And if you check Android Police, you get the new apks for the new apps even sooner. That is what I have been doing.
    11-07-2014 06:18 PM
  17. MDMcAtee's Avatar
    That is one thing I love about Android, is that I can replace any app on my phone with something else. I have been using the Lollipop messenger app for weeks now.

    And if you check Android Police, you get the new apks for the new apps even sooner. That is what I have been doing.
    Yup.. I even signed up for the push notifications for new ones on their site. It is sweet being able to have all the new goodies without having to root and rom the device nowadays.

    The new calendar app is pretty cool too if you haven't tried it yet ...
    A895 likes this.
    11-07-2014 06:25 PM
  18. A895's Avatar
    Yup.. I even signed up for the push notifications for new ones on their site. It is sweet being able to have all the new goodies without having to root and rom the device nowadays.

    The new calendar app is pretty cool too if you haven't tried it yet ...
    Already have it.
    Attached Thumbnails Textra has convinced me to stop using hangouts for SMS-uploadfromtaptalk1415406788933.png  
    11-07-2014 07:33 PM
  19. logik brooklyn's Avatar
    Is it possible to have a badge icon show up on textra for unanswered text?

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    11-08-2014 12:16 PM
  20. rrballer11's Avatar
    The problem with not using hangouts is that, most others have no video chat..

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    11-08-2014 02:14 PM
  21. Almeuit's Avatar
    The problem with not using hangouts is that, most others have no video chat..

    Posted via Android Central App
    For text messages?
    11-08-2014 03:10 PM
  22. Marcin Stachurski's Avatar
    For text messages?
    Integrated into one place he/she meant.

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    11-08-2014 03:15 PM
  23. Almeuit's Avatar
    Integrated into one place he/she meant.

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    That is what I was thinking but this was about texting. Sadly the other person has to be using hangouts to do that.. So in regards to SMS there isn't a downside for not using hangouts if the other person isn't.
    11-08-2014 04:07 PM
  24. Gekko's Avatar
    the Hangouts App has really grown on me for SMS/MMS. i do always stay signed out though because i don't use the it for "Hangouts Messaging" - only for SMS/MMS. all other third-party SMS/Texts Apps in the Play Store look cheap and/or cartoonish IMO. the new Google "Messaging" Material App looks OK but i still like the Hangouts App better.

    because of the tight integration with Google Services - i always try to use the official Google Apps whenever possible.
    11-08-2014 07:58 PM

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