Some people don’t really mind the stock messaging app on their phone and would prefer it as it is. But, of course, some want a messaging app that can do more than what stock has to offer. If you are one of the latter, I bet that you would love to have Handcent SMS. The app has several features like scheduling a text message, blacklisting annoying contacts, voice input/output, and more.
Developed by handcent_market, Handcent SMS was recently upgraded to version 4.0, which supports both Android 4.0 and Android 2.3. This new version has several improvements such as more features, an improved user interface, free text to some Handcent users, and support for an upcoming chat service similar to ChatON, which is available for both iOS and Android users.
Aside from the aforementioned features, the app also sports several other features like quick replies, batch text messaging, scheduled texts, backup/restore of text messages, and many more to mention. Those are just the most common features of the app.
If you talk about advanced features, it also has many. It has features like full SMS and MMS support through the Handcent network, integrated spell checking and message composition tools, additional security options, Handcent contact locator, and ability to mimic the messaging layout of other devices such as HTC phones and the iPhone.
Upon launching the application, you can immediately create a text message by selecting a contact that you want to send the message to.
But, before you use the app, you might want to visit the settings and change things like the theme of the application, privacy settings or other things that you might want to change based on your preference. You just have to go to Settings and change things such as Handset services, Application Settings, Custom Style, Notification settings, and so on. You can also enable nifty display configurations for messages by adding smileys, video, pictures, and music. You can even spell check your SMS before sending it. You can also locate a certain contact through GPS.
If you are the type that changes the theme of the app very often, then you can access and install many themes for this app. All you need to do is to register a Handcent account online and choose themes that you like from there.
To save you from having to open the messaging app just to read your messages, Handcent can pop up a notification whenever you receive a new SMS. From the popup notification you can quickly read and reply to the text messages that you receive.
Handcent SMS has a lot of handy features if you send SMS/MMS more than you make/receive calls on your phone. You can download Handcent SMS free from the Google Play Store.