Aesthetic uniformity, for many Android users, is a must. And in this day and age, it’s all about Holo UI. So with this increasing streamlining of application designs, you may be looking for a Holo alternative to your stock messaging app, something like ICmess.
“Delivering a more ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ messaging experience” was the philosophy XDA Forum Member Percussio had in mind when developing ICmess, and Percussio may as well have achieved such an aim. A quick flick through the app will most definitely stand as a testament of this, especially with its horizontally sliding interface and the light or dark Holo theme. ICmess consists of 3 sliding screens for the current and existing conversations and a settings menu, which surprisingly packs quite a variety of customization options. From here, options regarding the interface, notifications, messages and multimedia messages can be found, with other nifty features such as ‘slide down to search’ and ‘SMS popup’ tucked into the app along with its main function of messaging.
For an app that is still in its beta stage, ICmess is noteworthy for its presentation of text messaging. It’s simple and uncluttered, and most importantly, not buried under a copiousness of peripheral features that many messaging apps on the market tend to have nowadays. Percussio does accepts bug reports and feature requests during this app’s beta phase, and is actively working towards polishing ICmess further.
ICmess is compatible with any device running Android 4.0 or newer, and is free and ad-free from the Play store. If this has gotten your attention, be sure to check out the original thread for more information._________