10,000,000 - 50,000,000 downloads
- Amount of customizing options
- SMS Popup
- Security and backup/restore
- Speech-to-text doesn't work as good as we expected
- Some features are worthless
HandCent SMS is a complete and customizable messaging app for Android
If you like to customize (and we mean, if you REALLY like to do it) your SMS/MMS and the messaging from social network, this is your app. HandCent SMS is probably one of the most complete messaging apps for Android. Those who love changing even the smallest details of its Android will love it.
The main features are the themes, block spam (blacklist), animated greetings, SMS Popup with quick text, individual contact notification, social network messages in your inbox, security lock options... and many other. Actually these are just the main features, there are many more options. Even If you don't like too much the personalizing features like the skins, themes and notifications sounds, Handcent SMS is still really useful, specially regarding the Group sending options, the Backup/restore, the Speech-to-text or the (and we really like this last), the SMS Popup. A good option to switch from default messaging manager to a real customizing one.
HandcentSMS is the only Android app developed by handcent_admin, an emerging developer. Besides, they have developed a lot of language packages, themes, skins and many others add-ons.
If you are one of those who doesn’t like the default messaging application, try HandcentSMS and you will change its whole appearance. Truly recommended, despite some features are worthless.
> Brand-new feature: Facebook Profile Pic sync--Now you will be to use your contacts' facebook profile pictures in our app with our built-in Facebook pic sync feature.(It replaces your local contacts' pictures in the people app with their profile pictures from Facebook if the the name matches, or you can also do it manually)
> Full SMS and MMS support, support for all Android phones and all Android versions(up to 4.4 Kitkat)
> Numerous customizations for each contact. Set unique notification, style, message sending settings for your special someone.
> Multiple notification sound, icon and vibrate pattern
> Countless themes and skins for you to choose from, find one that fits your style. All themes and skins are available for free download from Handcent in play store. New Skins are added daily!
> Protect your personal information with Privacy Box.Use password to view and hide your messages. Privacy box can be backed up on the cloud using your Handcent account or to external SD card. (Stock Message app and all third party ones won't be able to view messages you put in the private box)
> Cloud backup for all your messages(SMS/MMS) as well as your settings. You can even choose how often you want to back up. When you get a new device or reinstall our app,you can easily restore all your messages and settings. (You will need to purchase your Cloud backup service to use it)
> Group MMS chat between android and iOS users(Its availability depends on your area, it's fully working in North America)
> Bypass your system's limitation to send more texts at once. You can even increase the number of the text you can send by subscribing to our premium service. (This is especially useful to party promoters who send group texts to many people)
> Share fun emoji and smileys with other Android Handcent users as well as iPhone users. Once exclusive to the iPhone, this integrated feature of Handcent SMS will be well liked by Android users. Additional emoji are available as free, downloadable plugins!
> Anti-harassment feature built in with the ability to blacklist contacts, filter out keywords, and filter out numbers by prefix.
> Support for more than 20 languages. (You are more than welcome to correct our mistakes and provide better translation) Support for the various messaging protocols of different countries
> Schedule tasks to deliver SMS and even MMS messages at a specific time or regular intervals such as daily, weekly or monthly
> Share beautiful Handcent eCards with family and friends to mark important dates, such as holidays, birthdays, and to exchange avatars between couples and friends. (eCard is a standalone app in app store)
>Handcent Talk service,send FREE messages/picture to android, iPhone ,iPad, Windows phone users.(iPhone and Windows Phone users should have Handcent talk installed and have internet access. Data charge may apply) It's easy,fast and secure. Register a handcent account,add friends and start chatting today!
> Auto-split messages over 160 characters for users on CDMA networks such as Verizon Wireless
> Full support for vCards allows you to send, receive, import and export them with Handcent SMS
> Integrated spell checking and message composition tools
For information, support, or to manage your account, please visit our website http://www.handcent.com
Or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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>Fixed some force close issue
>Fixed Incoming SMS didn't saved issue on some Samsung phone!!!
>Please like us at www.facebook.com/handcent, which will keep you updated with our new features
>Add Samsung galaxy 4 Dual sim phone support
>Facebook contact pic sync,easy show facebook HD contact pic at contacts app and handcent,just sync from settings->social network settings
>Add "Unread" feature,you can setup important message to "Unread" status,so you can read them later
Decent app, still undecided though on if it's a keeper or not.
Figured out why messages weren't sending: the app has to be set as the phone's default messaging app and disable all other messaging apps in order to be able to function. It wasn't like that before in older versions.... all my messaging apps could coexist
Doesn't let me delete old conversations it would just freeze the app
No longer downloading MMS or group messages. Great app, temporarily (I hope) worthless.
Please fix the sound on notification. I'm receiving texts but there's no sound alert. I love this app. My favorite but needs fixing.
Don't love the update that took away the phone number type (home/mobile) on the dropdown list when I'm sending a new msg! Fix plz!