If you want to try a nice alternative to Google's Hangouts
application, or the default messaging app that comes with your phone, Sliding SMS is worth a try.
It is actually the stock CyanogenMod M10 messaging app, with sliding conversational interface, that can be installed on any Android Kit Kat, Jelly Bean, and Ice Cream Sandwich phone.
It still features a sliding convo mode like Hangouts, and there is a pop-up reply function. You can also shoot a quick reply straight from the notification bar, mark the message as read there, or have an active notification icon. Sliding SMS allows you to hide the avatar of your contact, or present it as a circle image. There are various themes and message colors to choose from, and a bunch of new Android emoticons.
That's not all, though, as the clean, minimalistic interface loads without any lag or waiting, and the one-man team behind Sliding SMS is constantly updating or improving on it.
Take it for a spin from the download link below, if you are interested in a nice, clean and fast messaging app. Naturally, there is an option in its menus to set it as your default messaging program, too.
|Developer: You'll Be Smitten||Download: Android|
|Category: Communication||Price: Free|