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  1. Snareman's Avatar
    Chomp. I'm surprised not one person in this thread is using it. Used to use Handcent. Apparently Chomp and Textra are made by the same people, but Chomp is a little more full featured.
    11-13-2014 08:32 PM
  2. Danny1Bears3's Avatar
    Just started using textra actually. I really like it

    Posted via the Android Central App
    11-13-2014 10:40 PM
  3. wolf_walker's Avatar
    Pretty much this for me as well. Since I've had my old phone number on GSM carriers for years and couldn't port it to verizon for some dumb reason, I ended up porting it to GVoice and have been extremely pleased ever since. texts and calls ring on 3 tablets and 2 phones around my house which is the future life I like to live.
    Yeah, Hangouts isn't perfect but (unless they bail on it) it's being updated pretty regular.
    There are other ways to get sms on PC, but the whole Google bit if you jump into it
    isn't too bad these days for phone/messaging. It'd be a lot easier if everyone else
    used it too.
    11-13-2014 10:59 PM
  4. rghurtle's Avatar
    Happy with mysms. I like the large pop up when I get a message.
    11-14-2014 09:27 AM
  5. Snareman's Avatar
    Yeah, Hangouts isn't perfect but (unless they bail on it) it's being updated pretty regular.
    There are other ways to get sms on PC, but the whole Google bit if you jump into it
    isn't too bad these days for phone/messaging. It'd be a lot easier if everyone else
    used it too.
    Perhaps as nice as it was when everyone was using BBM. I loved being able to see if they'd read my text or if they were typing.
    11-14-2014 12:39 PM
  6. chickweedblur's Avatar
    I use Chomp as well. Everyone seems to embrace the simple, featureless, minimalist apps but I kinda like the ability to customize it the way I want. I've tried almost all of them but Chomp seems to work best with my HTC M8. MMS back and forth to iPhones and having consistent notifications (popup or lock screen) seem to be the shortcoming of most of them.
    11-14-2014 12:54 PM
  7. wolf_walker's Avatar
    Perhaps as nice as it was when everyone was using BBM. I loved being able to see if they'd read my text or if they were typing.
    SMS really ruined things for me, everyone used to have Yahoo or ICQ or AIM, and I used to be able to run something like Trillian that integrated them all pretty well on my end. Then came SMS, then FaceBook Messenger, and it all fragmented to hell and back and I never know who uses what or when, and web based IM like ICQ and such seems to be on the way out.
    Unless they use gmail/hangouts or, as much as I dislike it, FaceBook Messenger. Or Skype. Or the Apple stuff for those guys which I basically ignore.
    Sometimes Standardization is a good thing.
    11-14-2014 01:06 PM
  8. ejtsang's Avatar
    Not too long ago, I used 3 messenging apps! Hello SMS for SMS (duh!), Google Voice app (which is my primary way of sending text messages), and Hangouts for G Chat messages. However, I've since integrated all of these messaging routes into Hangouts and it's been great just having to use 1 app. I did love the UI for hello SMS.

    EDIT: And I forgot another reason I like to use Hangouts is so that I can send/receive text messages through my desktop with the Hangouts chrome app or in gmail/hangouts. My office has poor cell/wifi signal, so I put my phone in airplane mode during the day. Nice to still be able to receive texts from the desktop.
    11-14-2014 01:18 PM
  9. KSDroid01's Avatar
    I've just come from three different HTC phones in a row and was a little disappointed in the lack of customization in the native Messaging app on the Turbo on comparison. I read a couple of positive reviews about the Verizon Messages +, and even though I normally avoid any Verizon app like the plague on principle, I thought I'd give it a try and am pleasantly surprised...highly customizable, I really like it!

    Posted via the Turbo
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    11-16-2014 01:36 AM
  10. StormnNJ's Avatar
    Tried hangouts for a few days but quarter of the time it would just sit on sending then come back with an error. Went back to vz app because it always goes through.
    11-17-2014 02:57 AM
  11. James_Watson's Avatar
    I think the stock messaging app works well.
    11-17-2014 03:28 AM
  12. dungoyle's Avatar
    I just started using the new Google Messaging app and like it, but have not had a scenario where I've attempted to respond via moto 360, so the Jury's out on that. Keeping Hangouts installed until that test. Not a real hangouts fan, but at least it gives me that, and I didn't care for textra, although I know how popular that among many of you. If moto 360 does not integrate with Google messenger, I'm hoping that will change with Android Wear 2.0 (I'm hoping that we receive a lot of "L" interaction/integration with that Wear release).
    11-17-2014 05:53 AM
  13. LaskoFan's Avatar
    I have question regarding the Verizon Message + service. I believe you are able to reply/sync via the a computer and actually reply using it. When doing so, are you charged for a text when using the computer? Meaning does it count towards your text allotment if you in fact do not have unlimited texts in your plan.
    11-17-2014 06:32 AM
  14. BlueBlazer60's Avatar
    I have question regarding the Verizon Message + service. I believe you are able to reply/sync via the a computer and actually reply using it. When doing so, are you charged for a text when using the computer? Meaning does it count towards your text allotment if you in fact do not have unlimited texts in your plan.
    From Verizon Terms and Conditions

    use of the Service will be billed according to your messaging and data plans. The same rate will be charged per message per recipient regardless of whether you send your message from your mobile phone, tablet, PC, laptop, or other device.
    11-17-2014 08:06 AM
  15. Codger1212's Avatar
    Chomp. I'm surprised not one person in this thread is using it. Used to use Handcent. Apparently Chomp and Textra are made by the same people, but Chomp is a little more full featured.
    I love chomp and was using it for a few years. It recently became unstable for me and switched to textra. Miss chomp though.
    11-17-2014 08:21 AM
  16. quantum tao's Avatar
    i'm digging the messages+ app since i played around with all the settings, i didn't expect a verizon app to be so customizable.
    11-17-2014 11:58 AM
  17. Cajun_Mike's Avatar
    I'm not a customizing kind of guy for the most part. I used Apex launcher on my galaxy but dont feel like i need it on the Turbo.

    When i picked up my phone last week and it powered up i started receiving text messages from friends as soon as the Verizon person handed it to me. Those text messages arrived via the Verizon text messaging system. Just went with it and i like it a lot. Like many of you in this thread, pleasantly surprised.
    11-17-2014 12:50 PM
  18. Robisan's Avatar
    I have question regarding the Verizon Message + service. I believe you are able to reply/sync via the a computer and actually reply using it. When doing so, are you charged for a text when using the computer? Meaning does it count towards your text allotment if you in fact do not have unlimited texts in your plan.
    It's Verizon - you should instinctively know the answer...
    sharkita likes this.
    11-17-2014 01:28 PM
  19. Juliann826's Avatar
    I use the stock messenger app. I only wish it had a pop up notification option.
    11-17-2014 04:01 PM
  20. quantum tao's Avatar
    I use the stock messenger app. I only wish it had a pop up notification option.
    the Verizon one does
    11-17-2014 06:27 PM
  21. BabyBrwneyez's Avatar
    I have been using Verizon messages+

    Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
    11-18-2014 11:13 PM
  22. Symthic's Avatar
    I use Textra for now. I'm new to Android, and I found the two preinstalled apps (Message, Message+) to look too... old, for lack of a better word. Old in the sense that Windows XP looks old.

    Since I'm switching over from Windows Phone, I guess Textra just reminds me of home.

    But there's a lot of love for Google Hangouts here, so I might try that, if I can get the Hang of it...

    Sent Turbo Fast from my Droid Turbo 64gb
    11-19-2014 12:12 AM
  23. MikeLip's Avatar
    ChompSMS. Same people who do Textra, but with more features. Does popup notifications. Very good app.
    11-19-2014 06:38 AM
  24. doogald's Avatar
    Textra does pop-up notifications, too.
    11-19-2014 07:18 AM
  25. Siendorf's Avatar
    New messenger app is the best. Using it with SwiftKey. New Google keyboard just isn't as smart.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    11-20-2014 12:57 AM
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