Now SMS – try a themed text messaging app
Sep 16, 2013 9:24 AM –
Now SMS is an alternative SMS and MMS tesxt messaging application for your Android device. It’s easy to use, themeable and offers pop-up notifications and instant reply. If you find the stock messaging app a little too simplistic, or want something that is more customisable, Now SMS is definitely worth a look.
Tested on: Nexus 4
Pros & Cons:
- Great UI!
- Cool pop up notifications!
- Lots of themes!
- Easy to use!
- MMS requires you to search for APN settings manually.
Now SMS is a Google Now / Google+ inspired messaging app that replaces you native Messaging application. The aesthetic is clean and flat, with messages looking very similar to Google Now cards. The app operates just as any other SMS app and, although you have to manually search for the correct APN settings for sending MMS (pictures, etc.) it’s very smooth and user friendly.
One of the coolest things about the application is the ability to change the theme. There are 12 preset themes to choose from, plus a ‘Create your style’ tool to design your own theme. The themes are incredibly simple to set and the change occurs automatically. creating your own theme takes a little trial and error, as you work out the different color combinations. Handily, there is a preview pane below this to see what your messages will look like which is very user friendly.
The app features a pop up notifications which puts messages right on your homescreen. You can additionally reply to the message from the pop up, meaning you do not have to go into the application at all if you just want to quickly send a message back. This really adds to the user-friendliness of Now SMS and makes it an intuitive app to try.
The app is free to download and the developer seems active and regularly updating. I think the main pull of the app is the UI and the Google Now thematic. You can delete messages by dragging them to the right and controls are intuitive. It also looks fantastic and, if your device is themed with Google styles, this is a nice app to have. Further to this, there are font settings for every type of text you have, and this can be configured for the conversations list, the messages themselves and the pop up notifications.
Overall, Now SMS is a fun and heavily themed SMS application that gives your device a more Google-y feel. It perhaps doesn’t add much in the way of functionality, but it is themeable, looks slick and is simple to use.
Now SMS – Good assortment of themes
Now SMS – MMS works but you have to manually set it.
Now SMS – Google Now theme
Now SMS – Plenty of themes to choose from
Now SMS – Select colours for own theme
Now SMS – Settings
Now SMS – Preferences
I don’t think the app adds anything substantial in terms of functionality, over your normal SMS app. Now SMS does include a widget, but it’s only 1×1 and serves little purpose aside from launching the app, much like the shortcut icon does anyway.
Ease of Use:
The app is very easy to use and I really like the swipe away delete features. You also have an optional pop up notification which lets you reply from your homescreen, much like the recently reviewed Ninja SMS.
This all depends heavily on how much you communicate via SMS and MMS. I tend to use the app more than say, Facebook Messaging, so I’ve been using it as my primary driver.
The interface is heavily themed and based on the Google Now style. You can swipe away messages to delete them and everything is smooth and slickly animated.