06-12-2019 09:09 PM
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  1. Jonez8's Avatar
    I'm getting bored if the stock messages app on my note 9 and I'm wondering are there any better alternative out there. Im on Verizon and I haven't tried their messaging app but I'm curious to know what else is good. These are the times when I start to miss my iPhone for iMessage.
    Beansr519 and t-woody like this.
    04-22-2019 12:13 PM
  2. Beansr519's Avatar
    Good post! waiting to see the responses for my self as well!
    04-22-2019 12:47 PM
  3. dm3ready's Avatar
    For texting I love Textra... I've used it for years! For messaging I use Whatsapp.... I can't stand FB Messenger's interface.
    04-22-2019 01:05 PM
  4. Connert's Avatar
    The Verizon Messages plus app is very customizable and also allows limited chat (RCS), although only between you and other Verizon Messages clients. If you look at it closely you will find many ways to change the appearance. I used it for years and would still be using it if it would interface with the Samsung reminder app.

    Once I found out I could long press a message in Samsung's default app and send to reminders I was done. This is by far the best option for me, it fits very nicely into my work flow.

    Until Google, Android, and the carriers get it together and have universal RCS up and running you will not find anything on Android that will compare to iMessages.
    04-22-2019 01:33 PM
  5. Connert's Avatar
    For texting I love Textra... I've used it for years! For messaging I use Whatsapp.... I can't stand FB Messenger's interface.
    I'm not a big fan of Facebook messenger either, but in the US it's about the only option. Just not enough WhatsApp users.

    I did find a way to get Facebook messages to view in dark mode. It's a little better that way.
    Beansr519 likes this.
    04-22-2019 01:54 PM
  6. pizza_pablo's Avatar
    I've been using Textra for years, across several phones, but suddenly, Google Assistant will no longer read texts aloud from third party SMS apps.
    GA will only sometimes read texts aloud from Google's Android Messages app and Samsung Messages.
    I don't know why this happened and I cannot find a cure.
    04-22-2019 03:26 PM
  7. svtcobra's Avatar
    If you want security from snoopers, Signal is your best bet. I also use Pulse, as it works with the Galaxy Watch as well.
    sandra_17 likes this.
    04-22-2019 05:07 PM
  8. amyf27's Avatar
    I usually just use the stock messaging app, and Facebook messenger
    04-23-2019 05:00 AM
  9. pizza_pablo's Avatar
    If you want security from snoopers, Signal is your best bet. I also use Pulse, as it works with the Galaxy Watch as well.
    What do you mean by "snoopers"?
    04-23-2019 08:34 AM
  10. Carrie Greicar's Avatar
    I've been using Textra for years, across several phones, but suddenly, Google Assistant will no longer read texts aloud from third party SMS apps.
    GA will only sometimes read texts aloud from Google's Android Messages app and Samsung Messages.
    I don't know why this happened and I cannot find a cure.
    I am using Textra and I haven't had an issue with the text being read aloud by google assistant.
    04-23-2019 10:06 AM
  11. kelton's Avatar
    My Note 9 arrives this Saturday. Goodbye iPhone.

    Getting text messages on my phone AND computer is a big deal in my work. The Apple ecosystem is good about that.
    Seeing that I can, now, use either Windows 10 "My Phone" or Samsung's "Flow".....I'm saying goodbye to Apple.

    Now, I'm wondering what texting apps are best for this cross-platform need of mine. I'm assuming Samsung's native texting app will work fine.....wondering about the others.
    04-24-2019 04:25 PM
  12. davisgq's Avatar
    Besides the stock Samsung Messages app, I use: FB Messenger, Hangouts, KakaoTalk, GroupMe, Line (sometimes), and Telegram. Samsung Messages, FB Messenger, and KakaoTalk seem to be the ones I use the most on a regular basis.
    04-24-2019 05:04 PM
  13. Carrie Greicar's Avatar
    My Note 9 arrives this Saturday. Goodbye iPhone.

    Getting text messages on my phone AND computer is a big deal in my work. The Apple ecosystem is good about that.
    Seeing that I can, now, use either Windows 10 "My Phone" or Samsung's "Flow".....I'm saying goodbye to Apple.

    Now, I'm wondering what texting apps are best for this cross-platform need of mine. I'm assuming Samsung's native texting app will work fine.....wondering about the others.
    I believe Android messages allows you to check your text messages through the computer
    04-25-2019 07:20 AM
  14. T48's Avatar
    Have stayed with stock, but added Gboard.

    Years ago used Signal & did not have any issues with it. But do not really know if it added anything security wise if no one else you may text was using it. Which turned out to mostly be the case for me.
    04-25-2019 08:02 AM
  15. pizza_pablo's Avatar
    I am using Textra and I haven't had an issue with the text being read aloud by google assistant.
    Do tell!
    Which version Note 9?
    Which Android version?
    Which version of Textra?
    Which Google version?

    I know I'm not the only one with this issue.
    Google community forums are littered with threads about this issue.
    04-25-2019 08:18 AM
  16. Mike_Luchia's Avatar
    Love Textra but I recently bought the Samasun Galaxy Watch and it will only accept messages from the default Samsung Messaging app.
    04-25-2019 08:24 AM
  17. mustang7757's Avatar
    For texting I love Textra... I've used it for years! For messaging I use Whatsapp.... I can't stand FB Messenger's interface.
    I agree with Facebook messenger, do like WhatsApp.
    dm3ready likes this.
    04-25-2019 02:08 PM
  18. 2creus's Avatar
    I like Mood for now. I did hear Textra(?) was good though. I just got a Note 9 from T-mobile when I switched from Verizon. They updated it to the latest OS. 9 (ONE UI) I was using the "Messages" app that was on the phone but my son sent me a small video (20-30 sec) and it said I had to download Verizon's app. (Chris has a Note 8 with Verizon) I don't understand why it couldn't open the video with one of my video player apps. I paid for Mood but may switch to Textra if it gets funky.
    As for Facebook, I want nothing to do with them anymore so messaging is not an issue for me.
    06-07-2019 05:10 PM
  19. adegbenroagoro's Avatar
    I'm getting bored if the stock messages app on my note 9 and I'm wondering are there any better alternative out there. Im on Verizon and I haven't tried their messaging app but I'm curious to know what else is good. These are the times when I start to miss my iPhone for iMessage.
    Textra is the bomb. IF you don't need to see I incoming messages on your smart watch. If you do I'd stick with the stock Samsung Message app.
    06-08-2019 05:09 AM
  20. Rhyalus's Avatar
    For cross platform and internet enabled messaging, FB messenger is good and WhatsApp is best here in the US.

    I say WhatsApp is best because it is least intrusive and connected to phone number rather than some other account.

    Verizon messages works well but the PC / iPad versions really stink. They don’t always sync properly.

    R
    06-08-2019 06:44 AM
  21. sweetypie31's Avatar
    Textra is the bomb. IF you don't need to see I incoming messages on your smart watch. If you do I'd stick with the stock Samsung Message app.
    I get my messages on my smartwatch from textra.
    06-08-2019 07:22 AM
  22. rsmin's Avatar
    I get my messages on my smartwatch from textra.
    So Textra working with gear S3? I used to not be able to use Textra because of that? But that may have been on note 7 or 8? I haven't tried it on the Note 9..
    06-08-2019 01:21 PM
  23. sweetypie31's Avatar
    So Textra working with gear S3? I used to not be able to use Textra because of that? But that may have been on note 7 or 8? I haven't tried it on the Note 9..
    Yes it works on the s3 .that's what I have. You have to go into the gear app from the phone and then click notifications. Then you just pick what apps you want notifications from.
    rsmin likes this.
    06-08-2019 05:18 PM
  24. rsmin's Avatar
    Great. Thanks
    Yes it works on the s3 .that's what I have. You have to go into the gear app from the phone and then click notifications. Then you just pick what apps you want notifications from.
    06-08-2019 05:37 PM
  25. pizza_pablo's Avatar
    Textra is the bomb. IF you don't need to see I incoming messages on your smart watch. If you do I'd stick with the stock Samsung Message app.
    I get notifications, can view the message and reply, with Textra, on Gear Sport, Ticwatch E, Fossil Marshal Gen 2 and Explorist Gen 3.
    sweetypie31 likes this.
    06-08-2019 06:24 PM
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