All you Handcent loyalists should love this one - your favorite SMS app just received a pretty major up to version 4.0 in the Play Store. If you've been testing the open beta for the last several weeks, then none of these changes should be surprising to you, but if you haven't been in the beta loop, this version brings several new features:

What's in this version:

  1. Main update of Handcent,include universal messaging with free Handcent talk services and new style user interface
  2. Handcent Talk service,send FREE messages/picture to android & iPhone (Coming soon) users easily,fast,security
  3. Support ICS+SGS2,won't send double messages
  4. Support Group mms with iPhone,useful for US networks
  5. First version of Handcent SMS for jailbreak iPhone released
  6. New Handcent website

The update is live in the Play Store right now, so go ahead and hit the widget to grab it.

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  • Tim

    Cool. I've gotten pretty used to stock ICS messenger + latest smspopup. Been solid so far :)

    • Garrick

      does your pop up go over lock screen? Thats the only thing I'm missing.

  • rogue3

    I use MIUI 1.12.9 on a Samsung Fascinate and have had no luck with Handscent. It'll work for an hour or so then will continually force close. It worked fine when I was on the stock ROM so it must be something about MIUI that it doesn't like. Any suggestions?

  • http://www.t-mobile.com tmogeek

    Not all the comments were positive about the change. I'm going to let the update stew awhile before I make the jump.

  • Scott Oldfield

    I used be a Handcent user until I moved over to GO SMS. Any reason to change back?

    • http://richard.borcsik.com randomchars

      Yeah. Because who wants to receive text messages when the phone is connected to a PC right?

      • http://richard.borcsik.com randomchars

        Sorry I replied to the wrong post.

  • Jeremy O

    GO SMS has had all these features for quite a while now... AND it has app2sd.

    • http://richard.borcsik.com randomchars

      Right. Because who wants to receive text messages when the phone is connected to a PC right?

    • Aaron

      Last I checked, GOSMS doesn't work with it's group texts. Unless I was doing it wrong...

      • Matt

        It most definitely works for group texts, it has an interface built in for even making groups within it (altho I use groups I've made on Google contacts)

  • Kelvin

    For some reason it won't even let me download the app.

  • http://soundcloud.com/spriteman Spriteman

    The Handcent style was great back on Froyo, but I much prefer the stock ICS style at this point. GOSMS has also replaced Handcent as my #2 if needed (aka running a GB rom)

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  • J Rush

    GO SMS Pro replaced Handcent a long time ago for me. It has waaaaay more features and is a lot more smoother and efficient. Why I even bothered to read this article is a mystery to even myself.

    • J Rush

      *smooth, using mobile so I can't edit my comment.

  • R Palmer

    My update downloaded automatically - my mistake. It proceeded to reformat the entire program on my Sidekick 4G and DELETED every text and picture message on my phone. Thousands of messages, pictures and huge amounts of important information - all gone. With no way to recover it.

    I don't recommend it.

    • Matt Bernard

      Sounds like you work for GO SMS in Mainland China.

  • http://www.twitter.com/shakerya Aash

    I was a big Handcent User on Gingerbread. But the stock messaging app on ICS is good enough for me now.

  • http://richard.borcsik.com randomchars

    My only question: is there anyone who actually likes this bad iOS ui imitation? It makes me want to throw up.

  • 1weirdguy

    I dont like apps that have the permission to "call services that cost you money"..i swear i start getting spam calls from bots. IIRC, i think this messaging app had it, and i stopped using Go SMS b/c of it.

  • sno

    This update is horrible. I have an HTC Evo Shift and this app is laggy as hell now. I uninstalled it and installed GOSMS.

  • Mix

    anyone get a text from 900080002021 after a visual voice masage.
    if i remove handcent it doesn't happen

    • Mix