Generally I don’t really care about all the bugs that people keep reporting in Android and in all the apps. However, the recent news about the bug in the Android SMS app is one that I decided to take seriously. In brief, the app will send the SMS to the wrong person, a person that you did not intent to send the SMS to, chosen, apparently, at random by the SMS app. There were also issues with the display of SMS messages in the inbox. The messages appeared under the wrong persons name and did not display correctly until you actually went into the conversation.
While I don’t think that I have ever faced the problem of my SMS going to the wrong person, I have seen the display issue numerous times. Also, I always felt that the SMS app was really slow. The speed issue was partly fixed when I rooted my Spica and flashed it with the SamdroidMod Eclair, but the display issue still comes up at times.
To avoid any future embarrassment, I decided to switch to another app to handle all my text messages. I went through Handcent and Chomp and then found GoSMS. GoSMS offered the most options and I was able to customize it to look exactly the way I wanted it to look. Something that was nearly impossible with Handcent and Chomp.
Here are a few screens of GoSMS showing the features and also how I have set it up for myself.
I am very happy with how GoSMS is working for me. I have mostly forgotten about the default one that was in the rom. In fact, the next time I cook a rom in the Samdroid Kitchen, I think I will leave out the default apk for the standard messaging app.