Handcent SMS

Handcent SMS

10,000,000 - 50,000,000 downloads

Pros
  • Amount of customizing options
  • SMS Popup
  • Security and backup/restore
Cons
  • Speech-to-text doesn't work as good as we expected
  • Some features are worthless
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Expert's Review
7.0
Great

"Boost the messaging power of your Android"

Reviewed by / May 23, 2011

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.

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Developer's original description available here
The most powerful and customizable messaging app that’s ever been created. Handcent SMS can do more than just texting, it comes with plenty of beautiful skins and useful features. Texting is meant to be simple, powerful and colorful!

Take a look at main features, You’d be surprised what it’s capable of.

Key features:

> Beautiful user interface:
Flat UI design with 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!

> SMS/MMS:
Full SMS and MMS support, support for all Android phones and all Android versions(up to 4.4 Kitkat)

>Handcent Talk:
Send messages without paying for SMS/MMS. A cross-platform service: Android, iPhone, Windows Phones users can all chat together.

> Handcent Anywhere:
Text on computers and tablets. Utilize the bigger screen and physical keyboard for faster texting.

> Facebook Profile Pic sync:
Sync contacts’ Facebook pictures to be used in our app. (It replaces your local contacts' pictures in the people app with their profile pictures from Facebook if the the name matches. You can also do it manually)

> Contact customizations:
Set unique notification sound, style, icon and vibrate pattern and so on for each contact.

> Backup messages:
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)

> Private Box:
Protect your personal information with Private Box. Use password to view and hide your messages. Private 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)

> Group Chat:
Chat with a group of friends(MMS required. Its availability depends on your area, it's fully working in North America)

> Bulk SMS:
Send 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.

> Search:
Search contact and text in your inbox letting users quickly locate messages in a big inbox.

> Emoji:
Share fun emoji and smileys with other Android Handcent users as well as iPhone users. Additional emoji are available as free, downloadable plugins!

> Security:
Anti-harassment feature built in with the ability to blacklist contacts, filter out keywords, and filter out numbers by prefix.

> Globalization:
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.

> Scheduled task:
Deliver SMS and even MMS messages at a specific time or regular intervals such as daily, weekly or monthly.

> ECard:
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)

> Auto-split:
Messages over 160 characters to be split on CDMA networks such as Verizon Wireless.

> VCard:
Full support for vCards allows you to send, receive, import and export them with Handcent SMS.

> Other tools:
Integrated spell checking and Message composition tools and etc.

For information, support, or to manage your account, please visit our website http://www.handcent.com
Or send an email to help@handcent.com
Like us at https://www.facebook.com/handcent
Follow us at https://twitter.com/handcent

Recently changed in this version

Handcent 6.0.5 Release notes:

>Added feature to let users find username and reset password themselves
>Added option to display/disable colorful avatar
>Added Handcent 5.x default skin to skin store
>Added ‘delete all threads’, ‘delete searched result’, ‘clear draft box’,and ‘resend all unsent messages’
>Change the color for unread indicator color and user can custom color at conversation list settings now
>Fixed FORCE CLOSE error and some other known issues.


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  • (70)

    by javito001 on 17/03/2013

    como se hace para descargar

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    by harisuciha on 03/08/2012

    i wanna download it

  • (70)

    by DougWeller on 28/05/2012

    Despite the new update, still stops working frequently on my HTC One S

  • (70)

    by craigneuk on 23/05/2012

    can anyone tell me how to set this so that i can send 1000 texts an hour as i keep getting an annoying message and my texts are undelivered just now thanks

  • (70)

    by omegawolf747 on 28/04/2011

    This is a great little app that does everything one could ask for, and more. Custom text tones for each contact, customizable backgrounds and word balloon colors, ability to split large messages.

  • (70)

    by alex on 22/03/2011

    Better than the original SMS application.