In Android 4.4 KitKat you must choose one SMS app to rule them all
posted by Michael H. / Oct 14, 2013, 6:40 PM
Play that will handle your messaging for you, most are using hidden APIs to do this. Google says it "discourages" this practice, but we haven't heard of the company ever banning an app from Google Play for doing it.Starting with Android 4.4, Google wants to change that and make it so only one SMS app can receive the SMS_DELIVER_ACTION intent or the WAP_PUSH_DELIVER_ACTION intent for MMS messages. Also, if an app is not the default SMS app on a device, Google is asking developers to disable the option for that app to send a message. It seems that although there are quite a few SMS apps in Google
So, with Android 4.4 Google is offering developers a standard API set for building an SMS app, and that's where this change will come in. It also means that if an app is using the hidden APIs, but doesn't update, it will not work with Android 4.4. Of course, at launch that will only mean a few unsupported devices, but those out there with Nexus devices tend to be a very vocal minority.
source: Android Developers Blog
This was a problem with Google Voice. Messages kept being duplicated and pinging both stock and voice SMS.
posted on Oct 14, 2013, 6:48 PM 4
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Never heard of it. And for that matter, is totally irrelevant. Voice doesn't get any SMS's over the phone network. Heck, even if you were like weird and set your normal number to get SMSs sent to your voice number, you still wouldn't get a circular condition since SMSs would be sent from a regional number, not spoofed from your number.
posted on Oct 14, 2013, 8:30 PM 1
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This was never a problem with Google Voice. If you had this problem, it means that you had SMS forwarding on in the GV settings which would then ping both.
posted on Oct 14, 2013, 9:40 PM 13
Btw Michael you might want to redo that title. It can be misleading if read the wrong way.
posted on Oct 14, 2013, 6:49 PM 6
You might want want to redo that post of yours, Mxyzpltk. It can be misleading if read the wrong way - people might mistake you for an intelligent person.
posted on Oct 14, 2013, 9:41 PM 13
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This should fix many sending glitches and errors. Things would always mess up when both the default and 3rd party SMS apps would receive the same messages. Especially when it came to MMS. (Android's biggest problem imo)
posted on Oct 14, 2013, 6:55 PM 3
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did you try turning auto-retrieve and notifications off in the stock SMS app?
posted on Oct 14, 2013, 8:02 PM 2
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Agreed. Hopefully MMS not sending and receiving is fixed. That has been AWFUL on every single Android device I've had including a Galaxy Nexus. As long as its 100% stable that will be great.
posted on Oct 14, 2013, 8:19 PM 0
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yea right, If people would read the instructions on these 3rd party SMS apps when they are installing them, then all would be smooth... A new SMS app won't make all the changes for you, you have to manually make some changes yourself... I love trying Handcent, or Chomp SMS and like them much better than stock Android. But I know from reading the install screens, help menu, and trial and error that I must make some changes (flip switches) to get the look and feel I want.
posted on Oct 14, 2013, 8:13 PM 3
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Am just about to buy the G2 but there is something that stoped me... i am talking about the os andoid 4.2 when the note 3 and htc has the 4.3 versions. how big is the differencies between the 4.2 and 4.3 versions of thejelly bean? And will the G2 be eligible to get the 4.4 kit kat upgrade?
posted on Oct 14, 2013, 8:29 PM 0
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IMHO this is a bad move... one of the strenghts of Android is the ability to have multiple applications handling a given event like an SMS. I can't imagine how many applications will break... For example, applications that backup received messages will not be able to be notified anymore when an SMS is received... applications that have to send an SMS for some reason (I have one that lets you buy bus tickets with an SMS) will stop working... Strange move by Google. They want more control, but they should realize that the flexibility of Android is one of the things that allowed this OS to be more appreciated by developers than iOS, thanks to the fact that they could do things that simply were not possible on iOS. Where is Google heading? Do they want to follow WP/iOS path? Bad move!
posted on Oct 15, 2013, 4:15 AM 0
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