Today has become Facebook day, whether we like it or not, it seems. If you're sick of the social network, but still like the idea of having a floating app to message your friends, Ninja SMS may be what you need. This app commandeers your text messages when you receive them, hovers over whatever you're doing, and lets you roll up the conversation when you're not in the midst of a message.

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Curiously, there doesn't seem to be a way to initiate a text conversation with the app. You can only wait for someone to message you first. You can, however, set up a white list of which people will be able to interrupt what you're doing, so you don't get new pop up boxes for everyone in your contact list.

Ninja SMS is currently going for $0.99 for the first round of buyers, but the price will be bumped up before too long, so if you're interested, give it a go.

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • spacekobra

    Its ugly but its nice to see that the possibility for it is there. Let's face it. Facebook did something great for once.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dawid.cylke Dawid Cylke

    Hopefully gtalk will have similar feature one day

    • http://kawangeek.com/ EddyGeek

      funky features like this wont be a standard, so keep on dreaming..

    • ahmedgalal

      ninja will add later

  • Jack

    You cant initaite a text message... thank god for the 10 minute refund... a text messaging app missing the ability to text is a bit ehm of a faux pas? Also froze several times during testing. It's a shame as its a nice looking app and a good idea but to charge people actual money for what it currently is is a bit of a cheek. This is no more than a beta.

    • Matteo Regoli

      Kickstarter style much?

    • spacekobra

      This is probably the most important comment.

      I guess the question is, how would initiate a text with that?

      • Jack

        They must have plans to implement it into the main app like any standard sms app but I fail to see how they can justify selling it until its capable of doing so.

        • spacekobra

          Working concept maybe?

          I read somewhere that android apps cannot go from being a free app to a paid app.

      • BrianLipp

        Its supposed to work in conjunction with the stock messaging app (im assuming)

        • spacekobra

          That's what I thought.

        • fixxmyhead

          I hope it stays like that cuz I like using the stock sms app and only want ninja for incoming for when I'm playing games or doing other stuff

      • ahmedgalal

        they will add that in their next release, i actually saw the design :)

    • Tucker Chastain

      It's .99 cents for a very polished (unlabeled beta) app. It is a little slow to load at first, but there is no competition that I know of that is this convenient. How would you initiate a text with just a pop-up? Like you said it is a very nice looking app and works once a conversation is initiated.

      • Shahin Fadakar

        No competition? Facebook Messenger is free. I mean if you don't even have an account to use to log in then yeah it's worth a dollar, otherwise I'll just let FBM be my default SMS app for now.

  • Tucker Chastain

    I had Go SMS installed, it created duplication issues. Once I froze Go SMS, it works great. I think it needs better color customization (Which according to Dev is coming) but overall works great. I have been wanting something to replace Go SMS because of it becoming so bloated and I think this along with Sliding Messaging Pro (http://goo.gl/6YqQ7) will give me what I need.

  • bse88

    Whats the difference with any pop up sms app?

    • BrianLipp

      the popup is just the one message and this is the full conversation and will stay on screen until you close them (like FBM chatheads)

      • bse88

        Thank you!

  • Bryan L

    Umm, you want a popup sms app, look into GlowFly.

  • Christopher Theofilaktos

    I don't understand what this is, does it have a main screen for texting or is this meant to work alongside another sms app and it just handles the notifications?

  • SK

    Is there anything that this does better than Glowfly? I don't get the point of how a floating head would make it any better than Glowfly.

    • ahmedgalal

      it's way faster than Glowfly and offer better experience :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/talhamid Talha Hamid

    Is everyone nuts? Why should it have an ability to make a new SMS? And if it had, what form would it take? I mean, do you guys want a floating blank which, when tapped, would start a new SMS?

    It is also different from Glowfly, since it is movable and shows chat history, among other things.

    This is not what the app is about. It is dirt cheap, quite polished, and if the dev can pull one or two other types of notifications into it, it will become something great.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alphanol.emmanuel Alphanol Emmanuel

    Very nice and attracting with pop up, hopefull

    • ahmedgalal

      i'm sure they will have free version soon

  • Juicy

    Sounds annoying.