Handcent SMS

Chances are when you pick up your Android phone/smartphone/superphone, you're gonna be doing some texting or picture messaging.  If you're still using the stock Messaging app, it's time for an upgrade to Handcent SMS and if you're new to Android, this is the number one app I recommend you download right when you get your phone.  The amount of customization, personalization, and settings options this app offers is staggering.  Some might take a look at all the options and faint, but not to worry.  I'll take you through the ins and outs of Handcent in an attempt to demystify some things and make it easy for you to set it up how you like.  Oh, and I should mention that it's available for free in the Android Market.

Here's a brief list of all the power you can harness with Handcent SMS:

  • Full SMS and MMS support
  • A multitude of different languages
  • Emoji support (with additional plug-in download)
  • Custom theming, fonts, skins, etc.
  • Widget support, icon and preview
  • Group sending options
  • Messaging pop-up with quick text
  • Individual notification options for different contacts
  • Speech-to-text recognition
  • Security and lock options
  • Spellchecker
  • Online backup and restore of SMS/MMS, Handcent settings
  • Auto split 160 characters for CDMA networks
  • and the list goes on...

You're gonna want to follow me after the break as I delve into the multitude of options Handcent SMS offers.

SMS, or Short Message Service, is your basic means of texting and Handcent has you covered in more ways than you could ask for.  First off, if you choose to use Handcent as your primary messaging app, you'll want to disable the notifications in the stock messaging app (so you aren't doubly notified when a message arrives).  To do this, open up Messaging and go to menu > settings > ??????.

Once that's taken care of, it's time to go into Handcent and start playing around with some settings to get it setup to your liking.