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.
The following lists some of Handcent's most popular features:
> Full SMS and MMS support augmented with unmatched features powered by the Handcent network
> Integrated spell checking and additional message composition tools
> Additional security options allow you to password protect and hide individual messages with the Privacy Box or secure all of your messages. These protections apply regardless if they are viewed in Handcent SMS, the stock Android messaging app, or any third party applications!
> Support for more than 20 languages and growing as well as support for the various messaging protocols of different countries
> Handcent’s Contact Locator plugin helps you quickly locate your friends using GPS!
> Group sending features capable of extending Android’s SMS limitations of 100 messages per hour up to 1,100 messages per hour
> Optional SMS Popup notification and other notification customizations such as unique notification sounds, vibrate patterns, backgrounds and themes for individual contacts
> Customize every aspect of your Handcent SMS application with countless themes and skins available for free download from the Handcent Network. New themes are added daily!
> Mimic the unique messaging layouts of other device manufacturers such as HTC’s Sense, Motorola’s Blur, or even the iPhone!
> Backup Security powered by the Handcent network allows you to backup all your Handcent’s settings, SMS messages and MMS messages to your My Handcent Online account and restore them if you reinstall Handcent or if you reset your device or upgrade to a new one.
> Handcent MMS+ allows you to circumvent Android’s MMS limitations and send up to 10 files at 25 megabytes each for a total message size of 250 megabytes! This means sharing higher quality photos, videos, and music!
> Better MMS support and picture resizing that resolves Android compatibility issues with some carriers such as those in the UK
> Auto-splitting feature for messages over 160 characters for users on CDMA networks such as Verizon Wireless
> Additional font packs to further customize your SMS messages are available as downloadable plugins
> Integrated Blacklist feature with the ability to filter incoming SMS and MMS messages by origin and help block SPAM
> Manage drafts and undelivered messages
> Schedule tasks to deliver SMS and MMS messages at a specific time or regular intervals such as daily, weekly or monthly
> Full support for vCards allows you to send, receive, import and export them with Handcent SMS
> Share beautiful Handcent eCards with family and friends to mark holidays, birthdays, etc.
> Send and receive fun emoji icons and smileys to other Android Handcent users as well as iPhone users. Once exclusive to the iPhone, this integrated feature of Handcent SMS may now be enjoyed by Android users. Additional emoji are available as free, downloadable plugins!
>Group Mms with iphone,useful for US networks
>Handcent Talk service,send FREE messages/picture to android, iPhone ,Windows phone users easily,fast and security,just register free and login with your handcent account,add buddy then Handcent talk today!
>Universal messaging that send classic SMS/MMS and Handcent Talk with contact in one converstaion
>Included 20+ skins and 4000+ themes ,you can find your favorite style (like iOS7 or Sense..) easily and you can share your theme with others
For information, support, or to manage your account, please visit http://www.handcent.com
> Fixed notification when default messaging application is disabled
>New Thanks Giving skin
>New Ecards for Thanks Giving,Don\'t forget to send a greeting card to your friends
>Improve Nexus5 support,fixed LED and auto reply message during call
>Improve Mms support and fix some running at background issue
>Fixed some known issues
Love this app and the way I had it set before I had to hard reset my phone. Not sure if it's the update and isn't possible anymore but I would like to not use a skin!!! With a Skin is doesn't let me get the full customization of a theme!!! (The conversati
Since most recent update it has been very laggy and freezes. Please fix! Was working working fine!
My texts all disappeared after the update
I would give this app a 5 but the last 2 updates my notifications went silent and I missed my texts
Now the setting screen is black and I have to hold my finger down to read it don't fix what Is not broken
It a good app