I too am looking for an sms app.
I'm willing to sacrifice and live with the old look and colors of the default app, but what is a major issue for me is the fact that you can't delete multiple messages at once. You can either delete the whole conversation , or a single message. Its clunky and slow. It's a MAJOR pain in my ass, cause I constant delete useless messages and only keep important ones. The default app is such a pain.
But at the same time, the "robustness" and "reliability" of the app is more important to me than anything else. Having someone send you an important sms and then it disappearing or getting corrupted by the app is not acceptable for me.
In my opinion "oldness" is not a problem, as many apps really don't need updates. What matters is reliable functioning and good workflow.
So I've been looking at QKsms and Simple SMS as alternatives, however I am afraid about their reliability. There is almost 400 open issues on both of them on github, with reports of images being messed up and messages disappearing, group messages being messed up. these are elements that have to work correctly for me because others may use them with me. Using an app that doesn't know how to handle the sms protocol wholly and correctly is IMO fundamentally problematic. At least the default app can be trusted in this sense.
From you guys' experience, are they reliable enough to use do you think?
Do you guys really think google messages could be used "safely"? Normally I wouldn't ever even remotely risk going near any of their software that would have access to such sensitive data as my sms and phone calls.
At least with google messages or signal you know you are dealing with a "reliable" app.
Anyway I'm in desperate need of a solution and just don't know what to do. I need a different app than the default.
I'm hoping you guys have a suggestion, or can tell me whether QKsms or SimpleSMS are good enough to use?
I just need a reliable app that can do just a little more than the default app.