App is free with support for donations
Texting is something that everybody does, and I mean everybody. So why not make your messaging app your own? Not only is QKSMS beautiful by itself, but it offers dozens of user interface options so you can make it exactly the way you want it. It’s still in alpha, but for me it works fine, so if you want to try it out head you can join the Google+ community and become an alpha tester.
When you first open the app you will see all of your conversations laid out in the good ol’ vertical stack layout. If you click on one you will see your conversation accented with the apps color scheme. You can create a new conversation by clicking on the action circle on the bottom right. Customization in this app is way beyond what I expected for an app in alpha (or any app for that matter). Here you can see two of the many color schemes available to choose from!
If you click on the overflow button on the top right you can open the settings! You can customize the UI settings, general SMS settings, notifications, quick reply, and advanced settings that I won’t go into because you wouldn’t care about them unless you already knew how they worked. Moez, the developer of QKSMS certainly didn’t leave anything out when he created these settings. The first thing I like about this app is that you can change the color scheme. Not many apps allow you to do this, but the ones that do earn a special place in my heart. Why shouldn’t you be able to change the color scheme?
The second thing I like is that you can decide if you want to make the status bar and/or the action bar colored to match the color scheme or black like normal. Even more control to the user. I prefer to make both of them colored, but that’s just me. After that, there is an option to use a dark theme. It looks ridiculous, but I don’t judge. There is also an AMOLED black theme which looks equally ridiculous. You can change the typeface, the font size, whether or not you want contact pictures to show up, and so much more. I just can’t get over how many choices there are!
I guess it doesn’t look that bad now that I put in the screenshots.
And it has a floating window!
QKSMS also features floating window, which allows it to draw on top so you can reply to a message without leaving the app you are already in. I tried it out by having one of my few friends text me, and it’s just as beautiful as the app itself.
As you can see this feature allows me to have generic conversations with Pikachu without even opening the app!
This is my least favorite part but I have to do it anyway. But since this app is in alpha, don’t take this section too seriously. the first problem I noticed was MMS. My friend on Verizon told me he couldn’t send pictures of GIFs, while my other friends on other networks said everything worked fine. Thanks a lot Verizon. Also it seems that when I try to send GIFs, only the first frame of the GIF is shown. Oh, well. Also this app is very bad for being productive because you will find yourself compelled to change the color scheme every three seconds. But that isn’t so bad because it’s such a nice app to look at.
This article was written by James McDowell and later edited by Lane Harju.
Still in alpha, some things broken