Textra is not too shabby at all. Looks kinda semi-stock-ish if 4.3 was your thing. I consider it a viable alternative for hangouts.
I originally was against hangouts as well, but now I am used to it. So no app for me to replace it
I've tried many of them, but Hangouts, since 2.0.2, is the only app that handles a 12k sms conversation without any hiccups and still keep it simple, no gimmicks at all. I'm sticking with it, I don't like to delete texts or way too much annoying bells and whistles.
Hello lacks the very minimal of features.
When I was on Android I liked Sliding Messages a lot but I also know a lot of people like Ninja SMS
Why not use the Official Google Voice App? I use it on my iPhone, and back when I had my Galaxy Note. That way you can keep your GV number for people to us...and just see your text's. I guess your handout conversations would still have your text's though...
GO SMS is definitely the best one. It's incredibly customizable.
8Sms will do the trick if you want something looking like 4.3 (it *is* compiled from 4.3 sources after all but runs perfectly on KitKat)
Am sticking to Textra. 8sms is also good.
I was worried about the integration but within the first week, I found it a comfortable to use and have ended up sticking with Hangouts.
I had installed Textra but got rid of it now.
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Well I use handcent sms , great app since it offers customization in the form of theming , font and emoji packs. It is feature packed check it out.