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Last Updated: February 8th, 2012

If you're anything like me, you text constantly. There are times, however, that I put my phone down and hop on the computer to do some more in-depth tasks or just enjoy some good, old-fashioned big-screen browsing. When I'm doing that, it's usually a pain to receive a text message, have to dig out my phone, open the messaging app, and use a tiny keyboard to reply, even though I'm sitting at a much larger, easier to use keyboard. Well, that's not a problem anymore - now I've got Texty.

Texty is an app that will forward your text messages directly from your phone to your desktop (specifically, Chrome) using cloud magic and allow you to reply from your computer through your phone's messaging app. It's all very mysterious, and I'm sure there's a warlock involved, but it works. It's in private beta right now, but I snuck in so I could show you what it's all about. Let's take a closer look at the awesome features (as well as some of the bugs) that come with Texty.

The first step to making Texty work is installing it. If you get into the beta, you'll have to install the Texty app on the Android Market, then the Google Chrome extension. The process for setting both up is extremely straight-forward, and the Android app setup in almost identical to the setup process for Chrome to Phone.

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Okay. So you (theoretically) did that. Well done. Let's start a spree of superfluous texting because, let's face it, it's even easier now! Let's go ahead and text my girlfriend by clicking the extension button and hitting compose:

Composing

We'll talk about that error up there in a minute. For now, let's focus on things that are working. Once I hit send, it pings my phone, which then sends the message and informs my computer that the deed has been done. Now, since the natural thing to do is reply, that's what she did. In the bottom right of my screen, I'll get handy popup windows showing me the message and who it's from:

multipleRecieved

That's my girl. Now, to reply to these, I'm going to hit that button. Yes, the one labeled "Reply." This will bring up a new window that looks like this:

replyfromnotification

And the conversation will carry on in this fashion ad infinitum.  It really is super handy. Something that's really cool about this is that you can still text your phone and receive messages even if you don't know where your phone is. If you are a heavy texter who also happens to be forgetful, this will be extremely handy for you.

One other awesome feature is that multiple conversations are opened in handy tabs:

tabbedconversations

Now, as I mentioned earlier, this is still in beta. I'm about to show you why. Texty is awesome, and none of these issues are deal-breakers, but... you can tell it's beta.

Sometimes, when you hit reply, this is all you get:

blankreplybug

Which sucks. The notification is now closed and I have to open the extension button menu to reply. Not a big deal, but not something I would prefer. A related bug to that would be this one:

bugnotification

That's really not specific at all. These two bugs happen randomly. As you can see, the notification below it, from the same sender, received only about a minute prior, is fine.

The final bug is time-stamping:

timestampbug

The timestamps are all over the place. 9:04 p.m. and 1:07 p.m. apparently went down within moments of each other - I'm not sure what happened there. You may also notice that my Google contacts are not synced. I tried it, but it just failed miserably. I think the issue is more on Google's end than Texty's, but I really don't know for sure. Either way, it wouldn't work and that alert is impossible to remove.

Overall, Texty is awesome. I use it every day and, once they iron out these few little wrinkles I've outlined, I think Texty will be ready for primetime in a big way. The usefulness is immeasurable and the implementation is mostly flawless (sure, the UI could use a little tweaking, but it absolutely gets the job done). I recommend that you try to get in on the Texty beta and look forward to a future of texting non-stop for days on end.

I'd also like to say thanks to my girlfriend, who put up with me texting her a whole bunch to get these images. There was a lot of behind-the-scenes texting, and she put up with it for quite a while today. Thanks, babe.

Brad Ganley
An Android power user, Brad consumes most of his free time with unhealthy amounts of cell phones and cell phone related things when he isn't playing with his son. Brad is also an avid movie-watcher and tea-drinker.
  • http://pierceproductions.org/blog Brent Pierce

    I use Texdro. Works like a charm. Simple JAVA application on your computer.

  • Sean

    RemoteSMS is what I'm currently using.. works well.

  • epool86

    I love how its integrate with cloud service

  • David

    Cant want to try any of these apps on my soon to be purchased Tablet!

  • http://textyapp.com Texty Team

    Brad - thanks for the detailed writeup. We're working on fixing the bugs you discovered. For the timestamp issue - it seems to be carrier-specific, but we're actively debugging with our beta users.

    thanks,

    Texty Team

    http://textyapp.com

    • ArrTooDeeToo

      Any chance we'll see this app make it to the XOOM?

      • ArrTooDeeToo

        Just to clarify,

        I know the Android part of the app will work on the XOOM already, but we want the 'computer' part of the app on the XOOM so we can send and receive text messages from our phone's number on the XOOM.

  • danny

    Do RemoteSMS and Texdro do 2-way syncing of the texts?

  • http://jason-x-patel.com Jason Patel

    Having use this app for a few days I think its amazing! It does the job real well with very little setup friction!

  • Texty Team

    Brad - thanks for the review. We've got some happy users for the most part so far, but definitely Beta as there are some bugs in the extension.

    We're a bit inundated with beta invite requests at the moment, but please add yourself to the list and we promise we'll give access as soon as we can.

    thx,

    Texty Team

  • Styj

    MyPhoneExplorer is the most stable for me! And has the most features as well!

  • aaron

    gtalksms send u an im so you can use ur favorite chat client like digsby or web gmail and not have to install anything client side like other programs

    • danny

      One nice feature in Texty is that it pops up an Desktop notification, whether you are in chrome or not.

      I like this because it's similar to my experience on my phone. I get a popup notif whenever a new text comes in. It also let's me suppress the content of the message since SMS's are very private in nature and I wouldn't want my boss seeing my texts if he's looking at my screen!

      For me, Gtalk doesn't do it -- but I could be in the minority ;)

      • aaron

        gtalk works for me cause i use digsby so i get a discrete pop up on im's even though the syntax of gtalksms is more complicated it has more features and is easy to use on any pc cause it can be web based. i use it all the time at work were we cant install software. i just put my phone by a window and can text all day with out fighting for signal

        • danny

          ah. gotcha. does your work also block Chrome Extension installs? or are you saying you can't even install Chrome?

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/abhiroop-basu Abhiroop Basu

    Good review Brad, a few questions:

    1. Does this require WiFi? A lot of the similar texting apps require an active WiFi connection with your router.

    2. You noted that the contacts weren't synced. Will this bug be fixed? If it is will we always need to know the number of the contact?

    3. What is the delay like on both ends (sending and receiving)?

    This app seems particularly handy because it can be installed within the browser, bypassing any potential corporate restrictions.

    Cheers

  • amit

    Really cool app. Its amazingly stable too. I have played around with it for over a week now and I have not missed a single incoming SMS.

  • ArrTooDeeToo

    I want this on my XOOM!

  • CanaryGSR

    Id like to be able to access the SMS on another phone as well. So I can leave my personal phone at home when I go to work.

  • Gbenj

    I would love the ability to read and reply to texts from my tablet (xoom) via an app that mimics a standard tablet optimized messaging app.

  • Omar

    SMS2PC is simply the best app for this... You guys just have to try it out! Much much better then anything else out there, including remote sms!

  • Matt

    Really hoping I manage to squeeze in the beta for this; have been looking for a good solution that doesn't require wifi. I used to use a similar service on WinMo and have never found a similar Android service that worked well.

  • Vikram

    Hi Abhiroop -- (1) it doesn't require wi-fi. in fact, based on my understanding, it does require your android phone to be anywhere near your computer. (think about when you leave your phone at home during work). They just both need to talk to the internet.

    (2) my contacts sync'd fine, but it appears to be that some people have this bug. it looks like a one-time set up though for extension

    (3) there's almost no delay in sending/receiving. but i think this is going to depend on one's android data connection since it uses the cloud.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/abhiroop-basu Abhiroop Basu

      Thanks for the info Vikram

  • Vikram

    Sorry - I should have written DOESN'T REQUIRE... not DOES REQUIRE

  • Brooke

    It says that i have not been invited to the release of Texty . ? what does that mean i have signed up and i downloaded it on my phone and my computer ?!

  • William

    Brooke - it's an early beta version. You have to add yourself to the waiting list. I got my invite after about 2 days...

    http://textyapp.com/beta

  • William

    BTW I must say, it was worth the wait. When I'm using my computer, I don't have to pick up my phone to do any texting...

    Really convenient...They have some bugs they are fixing though, but hopefully it will be solid soon.

  • Quinn Damerell

    I would also like to throw out

    http://crosstxt.com/

    Same thing :)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/abhiroop-basu/ Abhiroop

      Looks interesting, I've sent them an email, hopefully they'll let me in on the beta!

  • gilf lover

    Look, i just want to know who the sexy chick is in the picture sitting on the floor with her nice full thighs and ample breasts, laptop in tow. Who cares about texting? I would be doing a fair amount of eating.

    • jasmine

      R u a protective , strong and a good kisser

  • Devashish

    I am using MobiTexter https://market.android.com/details?id=net.mobitexter
    Messages are received on the browser instantly.

    • Jasmine

      hey

  • Jasmine

    how do u sing up for this aim stupid I'm sorry

  • jasmine

    Iam looking for a guy who is protective ,strong and that is a good kisser

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