The primary function of this app is to allow you to send and receive text messages on your tablet instead of having to pull out your phone. The app lets you sync messages between your smartphone, tablet and computer, and you can backup and restore your messages too. If you frequently hop between multiple devices this can be a great tool to hold in your toolbox if you message a lot.
Mighty Text is pretty similar to the app above, as it lets you send and receive messages that come through on your smartphone from your tablet. It syncs your messages from your phone allowing you to do this, but it takes things one step further by also letting you message from your computer as well. It also lets you receive notifications on your computer from other apps besides messaging so you never miss that latest tweet or Facebook reply.
Smitten SMS is a messaging application with a Hangouts style sliding interface, with a handful of customization options, emojis, translucent status and nav bars, breathing notifications that pulse until you check them, and tons of other features.
Hello SMS is a simple sms application with a few useful features like tabbed messaging, group chats, and your other standard SMS and MMS features like sending and receiving photos and switching between chats with a single touch. Hello focuses on giving the user a streamlined way to text without having the need for an inbox making it easy to jump from conversation to conversation.
GO SMS is popular for being a highly customizable SMS experience with tons of free themes to change the look and style of your messaging keyboard. It has tons of features like sticky messaging which lets you prioritize the important message threads and place them at the top, sms blocker, a message popup feature for viewing messages at a glance, and a handful of pro features like cloud storage for message backup and a customizable “delay to send” function letting you set messages to send out at specific times.
Chomp SMS has been around for ages, and offers up a highly customizable sms setup compared to the stock sms app on devices. It supports themes so you can design the way your inbox looks, complete with hundreds of free themes or you can design your own. It supports 800+ emoji too, and it comes with an sms blocker, and is compatible with both Pushbullet and Android Wear.
Evolve SMS from klinker apps is highly regarded by users for its customization with themes and material design inspired layout. It also features full support for light flow, batch deletion of messages, full multimedia support, a great looking interface, and of course support for 850+ emojis and much more. It’s also compatible with Android Wear so you can use the app from your wrist, and it supports Pushbullet and Yappy so you can send and receive messages from your desktop.
This is Google’s replacement for the messaging app on stock Android. It features the newly redesigned interface evoking material design, faster sharing capabilities allowing users to select or take pictures directly from the app, easy search through contacts and conversation threads so you can find just what you want, and more control with an sms blocker, emoji support, audio messages, and colored text threads.
Hangouts isn’t just an sms app, it’s a full on messaging app but you can use it as your default sms service which is why it’s in this list. Hangouts offers you a clean material design inspired interface with message threads for all of your contacts, emoji support, group chat support, Android Wear support, and support for your Google Voice number. It also supports mms so you can easily add and send photos.
Textra has become wildly popular in its short lifespan compared to some of the others, and it offers up a clean UI with material design elements, wide customization color options, 800+ emoji support, floating lollipop notifications, scheduled sms and mms, delayed sending, slide to delete, quick snap camera and more. It’s also got an sms blocker to block messages from unwanted contacts, as well as a quick reply popup and mms group messaging.