GO SMS Gives Handcent A Run For Its Money

Most Android users today hoping to give their SMS application a fresh makeover know all about Handcent SMS for Android.  The app allows you to “switch it up” a bit by offering several tweaks along with a variety of new UI’s for your threaded conversations.  Well, if anyone is getting bored with the app or doesn’t find the UI as clean and streamlined as it once used to be, there’s another contender on the block.  I’ve been using GO SMS for several days now and I love it.  It offers that nice fresh contemporary look instantly giving your device an update in the SMS department. There is a theme for every holiday known to man (pics after the break) and the functionality is excellent and intuitive.  The developer, Go Dev Team, has done an excellent job continually adding new themes all of the time.  And yes, just in case you were wondering, that highly coveted iPhone threaded theme is one of them.  

I like the app, also in part, because it gives you the functionality I often sought in SMS Popup, and that is simply that when an incoming message arrives you get a nice little interactive pop-up on the screen that you can either delete, reply to or swipe (for multiple messages) no matter what other application you happen to be in at the time.  In addition, GO SMS has some other useful functionality you just don’t see much in your typical SMS app.  GO SMS allows you to search/filter your thread for a particular contact in the event your thread of end users is exponentially large.  Furthermore, another rare particular is that the app allows you to search all of your messages for a specific word, should you forgot who in your list of extensive contacts made it.  If I had to rate the app on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the best, I would rate it an 8 hands down for simplicity and innovation.  There’s even a batch mode for quick deletes and night mode in the event you’re checking out your text messages in low lit areas.  And best of all, aside from being free, there are no ads.  We love the flexibility and rich features of the app and highly recommend for you to check it out.  If you’re ready for the download, then head on over to our apps database for more pics and info.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think of the app in the comments below.  What’s your preferred SMS app of choice?

From the developer:

- Support chat style and list style(in dark theme)
- Many cool,special themes
- Popup, quick reply
- Full MMS/SMS support
- Icon, medium widget
- Fully look customize
- Support multiple user define settings
- SMS backup/restore
- Security lock
- Blacklist
- Animation effect in title or conversation list
- Custom by individual contacts(notification,signature)
- Custom individual ringtones
- Batch mode
- Split large messages for CDMA
- Time offset adjustment
- Avoid messages wrong order:sort by time or by order of messages sent/received
- Quick text
- Night mode
- Messages grouping
- Reminder notification function
- Privacy mode (notification bar and popup window)
- Support phone group and GO SMS group
- Group texting

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  • Isiaka Oluewu

    I’ve being using GOSMS for over a month now. Best messaging app hands down. The features are incredible, and the new widget is one of the best features for any sms app. They also provide a very nice simple launcher. Love it:)

  • kim

    Go sms is a cool app but it messed up my vibrant. i getting repeated text over and over again..i had to reaet my phone..bad experience..so im back to handcent..nevr had any issues wirh handcent

  • http://osarena.net/ alexandros

    I like it also but GO Dev Team has a thing for copy/steal the UI of other famous programs, for instance: GO SMS – Handcent SMS, GO Launcher EX – ADW Launcher EX. I like their programs but they have to be more creative.

  • v941726

    chomp does all this

  • Won Over

    After reading this article, I downloaded the application. I have been using Handcent for months now, and uninstalled it today! You should also look into reviewing their launcher if you haven’t already. The only thing the launcher lacks from others is a social feed stream widget (or a variety of widgets period). But according to their blog they are in development. Once they update it with the widget, LauncherPro will be out the door as well!

  • Well

    @alexandros – Please tell us what applications of this genre DON’T have the same similar qualities?? It’s about finding the one that works best for you and your preferences. It isn’t a matter of copy/steal. If it was they ALL could be blamed.

  • http://osarena.net/ alexandros

    @Well OK you have a point. I understand that a lot of features will be similar BUT when you create an app (or anything) shouldn’t you be creative. What is this “thing” that GO SMS has it and Handcent does not? What is this thing that GO Launcher EX has it and ADW Launcher EX does not.

    I punctuate that I like the GO apps, I hust want them to be more creative about stuff.

  • Leggz

    I left handcent months ago because (1) it crashed by Cliq (2) it didn’t have an attachment icon for pictures messages. See its the simple things in life that make me happy – like the ability to know what this thread has a picture/audio in it. I had requested it from handcent for months with no avail. Thanks GOSMS

  • Jay

    the only thing about this Go SMS is that it consumes a lot of RAM on my phone unlike handcent.