Most veteran users of Android have probably run Handcent SMS at least once over the years. It's still a very popular third-party SMS app, but the design hasn't exactly kept up with the times. Today's update doesn't solve all its ills, but v6.0 does look worlds better than the old version.
Here's the full list of changes for v6.0.
Handcent SMS 6.0:
- Beautifully flat UI design with colorful contacts photos for the default skin.
- Newly added navigation drawer for easier and quicker access.
- Text on computers and tablets. Utilize the bigger screen and physical keyboard for faster texting.
- Notification Center
Full Android Support
- Fully compatible with all versions of Android(Include Android L and Kitkat 4.4.4)
There are a few screens of the old app below, and really, you can't deny that was pretty ugly. The new app is much nicer with flat bars and a proper navigation slide-out menu. The Handcent Anywhere feature is apparently a cloud syncing improvement that lets you send messages from a tablet or web browser like you would from your phone. It works across Android, iOS, and Windows Phone on the mobile side.