A couple of days ago, the CyanogenMod team announced via Google+ a new feature merged to CM's Jelly Bean code branch – Quick Message. In case you missed it, Quick Message is a feature (built by David van Tonder) that displays a pop-up notification upon receipt of a new SMS message, offering the ability to reply from within the pop-up, view the message in Android's Messaging app, swipe to another new message, or close the notification.

Today, van Tonder (along with CyanogenMod) announced even further enhancements to the feature, primarily influenced by user feedback, adding a "Quick reply" option to SMS messages' actionable notifications. To avoid redundancy, the "Quick reply" action will only appear if Quick Message pop-ups are disabled and if the incoming message is a single SMS or part of a thread from the same sender.

QuickMessage Screenshot_2012-09-02-11-11-03

Even as CyanogenMod 10 continues to work its way onto more and more devices, it's nice to see new – and, more importantly, useful – features being developed and merged with CM10 nightlies.

CyanogenMod's Google+ post is sure to note that Quick Message's notification shade functionality is still "in progress," but judging by the apparent speed with which Quick Message made its way into CM code, users shouldn't have too long to wait. To see the original posts, just hit the appropriate link below.

Source: Google+ (1, 2)

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  • Rory Glynn

    Oh nice, bad news for Handcent though.

  • http://profiles.google.com/spc.hicks09 Gary Hicks

    So they included something as annoying as SMS Popup? Apple will sue them too probably.

    • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

      You can turn it off I think, or so David says in his G+ post.

    • Dudu Maroja

      its not a pop-up notification... its only POPs out when you press quick reply in notification bar

  • Dr. Yes

    Still no love for HTC Amaze 4G..

  • wuf

    this is a part of imo.im ... not sure if annoying or good :)

  • http://twitter.com/ChrisHRocks Chris Hutchinson

    I hope it's optional I just don't like pop up messages.

    • http://www.facebook.com/guillaume.chevalier.351 Guillaume Chevalier

      It is

  • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

    Never liked popup messages, so I hope you can turn that off.

    The only other thing would be switching the 'call' and 'quick reply' buttons on the notifications around.

  • http://www.facebook.com/koniczynek Michał Droździewicz

    Make it available on my LG P920 :/

  • FirefighterMatt56

    I wonder if they will make messages pop up on the lock screen. That is 1 thing I miss about sense.

  • petrochemicals

    They just keep on adding features, even when the core system is still not working 100 percent. New features are good, but could we please get a stable rom before all of this bloat is added?

    The "stable" CM9 rom for my phone (Skyrocket) is full of bugs. Why then is it called stable? Camera features still do not work, bluetooth is still shoddy, touch key lights are flaky, and the keyboard still does not vibrate on every keypress. And this is on the second stable release we have received. Now almost all work on cm9 has stopped with everyone (which means that there will never be a true stable CM9 for the Skyrocket (just as we never had a working CM7)) looking to work on CM10 instead. Cm10 does not work that well on the Skyrocket either. Frankly this is pointless and stupid. Now we have two CM roms that do not work very well on the Skyrocket, what is the point? They keep adding junk to CM10 yet it still is not stable or working that well. All of the time spent adding this crap could have been spent fixing the broken areas.

    I for one am tired of these unfinished roms and wish for once they would make a true stable CM instead of never finishing a project and moving on to the unstable latest and greatest.

    • bse88

      Make one yourself.

    • http://twitter.com/Mzobe3 Thokozani Mzobe

      Quit bitching. No one is forcing CM on you. if you believe you can do better then make your own ROM

    • TheDude

      They work flawlessly on my galaxy nexus son!

    • http://www.munimkazia.com Munim

      It is your phone which isn't properly supported. There are hundreds of devices they have to support. Most of the common ones are very stable. You are unlucky if you have an unstable build. They don't owe you anything.

    • Rob B

      Also you apparently fail to realise that different people do different work on CM. The people who add useful features like this don't necessarily have the skill set to make ROMS more stable, one is a Android app, one kernel / libs / C / C++ work. people do what they can to contribute, and all most people do is moan :(

      • blunden

        Well put. David is not a device maintainer so his work on new features doesn't affect the work of improving hardware support. Since this is all volunteer work, it doesn't even drain any resources as it could've if CM was a company.

    • fixxmyhead

      I know what u mean. I have the Hercules so whatever u got I got since there almost the same. I just stopped using those roms and went to a really stable working tw Rom.

    • metarx

      Choice in phone is crucial.... get one that the dev community is gettingif you want a rock stable phone. Which at the moment is any nexus device or the galaxy devices. My g2x is hardly stable but the hardware is mostly to blame.

      • Freddy Zalta

        Question - When i go to compose an SMS/MMS there are no simple ways to access the "Recent" or "Favored" contacts. I always need to type it in and choose. Is there something? thanks

  • serrastone

    I don't even use mms anymore, it would be cool if this would work for Google Voice.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

    This is excellent. Quick Reply functionality is one of the things I've missed most about GoSMS, so i can't wait for this.

  • Dudu Maroja

    whould be amazing if you could chould your prefered messenger app to user the quick reply ( even if not a popup.. )

    i would love to use it with whatsapp

    • http://sparx.be/blog/ Shahrzaad Parekh

      Whatsapp already has a popup feature with a Quick Reply box.

  • https://twitter.com/SoFloEasycore SoFloEasycore

    Just got this on today's 0903 nightly for toroplus. Its pretty cool. I thought it would be a popup but it only pops up after you click the quick reply from notifications.

    • blunden

      There is a setting in the Messaging app to make it a popup. It's a notification action option only when that setting is disabled. This article even says so if you had bothered to read it. :)

      • https://twitter.com/SoFloEasycore SoFloEasycore

        I read the article. (and I'm using the actions as of this morning) What I meant was that it's not default to be a popup as I originally thought after reading the post on G+. As of right now enabling the QuickMessage pulls up the messaging behind the quickreply, so I've opted to not use it. I like the Quick Reply option.

  • tyguy829

    Does this work with google voice? I'm guessing no, since the quick reply notification would have to be integrated into the google voice app, since it is not a system app.

    • blunden

      No, this is only for the SMS/MMS app (Mms.apk). Google Voice is not open source so there is little that can be done to improve those. Same goes for Google Talk unfortunately.

  • Kaik541

    Quick update - I recently pushed this to gerrit (still under review) to rearrange the order and put quick reply on the left as it's typically agreed the "most important action" should be on the left. -> http://r.cyanogenmod.com/#/c/22708/

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dominick-White/642535026 Dominick White

    So this is like a messaging app in the play store, called contapps, that does the very same thing

  • blunden

    First of all, it's David van Tonder, not Dan. Secondly, the Quick Reply button on the notification was something we discussed and decided early on during the design phase when talking about the new drawables he needed. User feedback did however prove that it was a common request. :)

  • http://bamaredwingsfan.blogspot.com/ JH

    How about a setting to get rid of that stupid tile style favorites? That's just what i want, a reason to have to do alot of scrolling in my stared in android tab, when i used to could see the most important people without having to do that.

  • GazaIan

    Wow, and I was just thinking to myself yesterday, "why doesn't the team add this to Cyanogenmod? " and here it is. Awesome.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

    I always love to see the nifty features CM provides and this is one of them. I think I would find this useful because I don't even have to tap the Phone/Messages app to answer a call/SMS.

    Look forward to seeing this in CM10! :-)

  • http://twitter.com/paulweiss Paul Weiss

    How long before Apple sues the CyanogenMod team?

  • Freak4Dell

    This is awesome. The popups are pretty much the only reason I used Handcent in the past, and over the past year or so, I just got used to not having popups, since I didn't feel like installing Handcent.

  • Abhigyan Banerjee

    I keep getting an FC. What am I missing? I'm running AOSP Jellybean on the International HOX.

  • i9000

    could you build a version for cm9? just pop up when message is coming,no need for quick reply in notification.thank you ^_^

  • i9000

    or something like that. thanks millions times