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Textra SMS for Android

Editors' Review

by   / November 20, 2014

Textra SMS offers more than 800 up-to-date emojis, animated GIFs, and a customizable layout. It utilizes Lollipop Material Design, including a Dark Mode and the ability to set custom colors for contacts, bubbles, and notifications. Version 2.15 adds new themes, bubble colors, and other customizations, and a battery drain issue has been fixed.

Pros

Customize Look: Tapping Customize Look in the Settings let us quickly change text size, activate Dark or Black Mode, choose colors, and more.

Quick Compose: The new Quick Compose feature let us send messages from the Notifications Drawer.

Mobile contacts only: A nifty option shows only mobile contacts when composing new messages.

Blacklist: Long-holding a conversation and selecting "Blacklist" adds threads to the Blacklist.

Cons

Newer devices only: Textra requires Android 4.0.3 or above.

Big: At 3.4MB, Textra isn't a lightweight. Despite improved battery use, it may not be the best choice for memory-challenged devices or those who keep multiple apps open.

Bottom Line

Textra SMS is good looking and a good performer that can easily replace the default SMS/MMS app in the latest Android devices. If you're not happy with your current texting app or just want a better user experience, Textra SMS belongs on your shortlist of new apps.

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Editors' Review

by   / November 20, 2014

Textra SMS offers more than 800 up-to-date emojis, animated GIFs, and a customizable layout. It utilizes Lollipop Material Design, including a Dark Mode and the ability to set custom colors for contacts, bubbles, and notifications. Version 2.15 adds new themes, bubble colors, and other customizations, and a battery drain issue has been fixed.

Pros

Customize Look: Tapping Customize Look in the Settings let us quickly change text size, activate Dark or Black Mode, choose colors, and more.

Quick Compose: The new Quick Compose feature let us send messages from the Notifications Drawer.

Mobile contacts only: A nifty option shows only mobile contacts when composing new messages.

Blacklist: Long-holding a conversation and selecting "Blacklist" adds threads to the Blacklist.

Cons

Newer devices only: Textra requires Android 4.0.3 or above.

Big: At 3.4MB, Textra isn't a lightweight. Despite improved battery use, it may not be the best choice for memory-challenged devices or those who keep multiple apps open.

Bottom Line

Textra SMS is good looking and a good performer that can easily replace the default SMS/MMS app in the latest Android devices. If you're not happy with your current texting app or just want a better user experience, Textra SMS belongs on your shortlist of new apps.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.49

New font option, 'Gilroy', see Settings > Customize Look > Text Font

Bug fixes.

General

Publisher Delicious
Publisher web site http://delicious.com
Release Date November 15, 2018
Date Added November 15, 2018
Version 3.49

Category

Category Communications
Subcategory Chat

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 1.22MB
File Name External File

Popularity

Total Downloads 2,194
Downloads Last Week 1

Pricing

License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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