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These are the three best Android SMS replacements

Let’s face it, the stock Android SMS feature is a joke. Here’s three of of your best alternatives.

Android SmS

Android SmSOne of the best features of Android is being able to ditch any of the stock apps they have installed with the phone. Since Android is using Hangouts as their default SMS option,  I figured I would share some of the best alternatives.

Here’s your three best choices for an alternative SMS app for Android:


Textra SMS

Textra is the first messaging app that features the new Android L Material Design look you’ve heard so much about. It’s delightful!


  • 800+ emojis
  • Various color themes
  • Compatible with Android Wear
  • Gifs
  • Quick reply popup

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Handcent SMS

Handcent SMS app for Android


  • Texting from other devices
  • Private lockbox for messages
  • Create reminders from messages
  • Backup messages
  • Customizable themes
  • Facebook profile picture sync
  • Unique notifications per contact
  • Search your inbox for a contact or message

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8sms Android messaging app


• Quick reply pop-ups
• Gesture based templates
• Emoji support
• Optional dark theme
• Clean and no bloat

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