Back in October of last year, Google added SMS capabilities to their first party Hangouts app. But try as Google might, not everyone is crazy about this one-size-fits-all messaging solution. Instead, many still cling to the old AOSP messaging app, or any number of aftermarket alternatives, for their texting needs.
Although not everyone’s a fan of using Hangouts for SMS and MMS, it’s hard to argue with the merits of its UI. Hangouts is clean and streamlined—and thanks to its slide-out conversations menu, it’s also quite efficient. Looking to combine the old AOSP-derived CM10 messaging app with the nicer UI stylings of the Hangouts app, XDA Senior Member matt_stang created Sliding SMS.
Sliding SMS, which is compatible with ICS and above, features sliding conversations, pop-up replies, quick reply and mark as read from the notification shade, contact avatars, and dark/light themes. The app even supports emoji and custom messaging colors.
If you’re looking for a new take on an old classic, head over to the application thread to get started._________
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