Will Verduzco · Nov 6, 2013 at 09:00 pm

Get Back the Old SMS Interface in KitKat with 8sms

If you’re one of the lucky few to already have your hands on the much anticipated Google Nexus 5, you are probably already enjoying many of the new features in Android 4.4 KitKat. Along for the ride with the new OS, comes a new version of Google Hangouts. This new version now incorporates SMS functionality, eliminating the need for the old default messaging app.

While the merging of Hangouts and SMS has been celebrated by many, there are others who find the new interface a bit too cluttered and cumbersome. Unfortunately for them, however, Google removed the default messaging app from the device. Luckily, you can easily get back the pre-4.4 SMS experience with 8sms by XDA Senior Member bengtan.

8sms is based on the Android 4.3 / CyanogenMod 10.2 messaging app. It also has a few added features not found on the old default SMS client such as notification popups, quick reply, gesture templates, emoji, and a dark theme pictured to your right. And thankfully for those looking to get back the old SMS experience, it has been updated to be compatible with Android 4.4 and the Nexus 5.

Make your way over to the application thread to get started.


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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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