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.
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:
- Main update of Handcent,include universal messaging with free Handcent talk services and new style user interface
- Handcent Talk service,send FREE messages/picture to android & iPhone (Coming soon) users easily,fast,security
- Support ICS+SGS2,won't send double messages
- Support Group mms with iPhone,useful for US networks
- First version of Handcent SMS for jailbreak iPhone released
- New Handcent website
The update is live in the Play Store right now, so go ahead and hit the widget to grab it.
It's no secret that Android's stock messaging app is lackluster, both in terms of appearance and functionality. Major players like Handcent and ChompSMS have stepped up to the plate and do a fine job of addressing both of these shortcomings, but they're not without their own issues. Enter GO SMS, a new alternative that's already attracting a surprising amount of attention.
Despite having been on the Market for no more than a week, GO has already made it to the 10,000-50,000 download range, and with 384 ratings and a 4.09 star average, it seems to be doing quite well.