The following description comes from the Google Play Store description of the app:The most powerful and customizable messaging app that’s ever been created. Handcent SMS can do more than just texting, it comes with plenty of beautiful skins and useful features. Texting is meant to be simple, powerful and colorful!
Take a look at main features, You’d be surprised what it’s capable of.
> Beautiful user interface:
Flat UI design with countless themes and skins for you to choose from, find one that fits your style. All themes and skins are available for free download from Handcent in play store. New Skins are added daily!
Full SMS and MMS support, support for all Android phones and all Android versions(up to 4.4 Kitkat)
Send messages without paying for SMS/MMS. A cross-platform service: Android, iPhone, Windows Phones users can all chat together.
> Handcent Anywhere:
Text on computers and tablets. Utilize the bigger screen and physical keyboard for faster texting.
> Facebook Profile Pic sync:
Sync contacts’ Facebook pictures to be used in our app. (It replaces your local contacts' pictures in the people app with their profile pictures from Facebook if the the name matches. You can also do it manually)
> Contact customizations:
Set unique notification sound, style, icon and vibrate pattern and so on for each contact.
> Backup messages:
Cloud backup for all your messages(SMS/MMS) as well as your settings. You can even choose how often you want to back up. When you get a new device or reinstall our app,you can easily restore all your messages and settings. (You will need to purchase your Cloud backup service to use it)
> Private Box:
Protect your personal information with Private Box. Use password to view and hide your messages. Private box can be backed up on the cloud using your Handcent account or to external SD card. (Stock Message app and all third party ones won't be able to view messages you put in the private box)
> Group Chat:
Chat with a group of friends(MMS required. Its availability depends on your area, it's fully working in North America)
> Bulk SMS:
Send Bypass your system's limitation to send more texts at once. You can even increase the number of the text you can send by subscribing to our premium service.
Search contact and text in your inbox letting users quickly locate messages in a big inbox.
Share fun emoji and smileys with other Android Handcent users as well as iPhone users. Additional emoji are available as free, downloadable plugins!
Anti-harassment feature built in with the ability to blacklist contacts, filter out keywords, and filter out numbers by prefix.
Support for more than 20 languages. (You are more than welcome to correct our mistakes and provide better translation) Support for the various messaging protocols of different countries.
> Scheduled task:
Deliver SMS and even MMS messages at a specific time or regular intervals such as daily, weekly or monthly.
Share beautiful Handcent eCards with family and friends to mark important dates, such as holidays, birthdays, and to exchange avatars between couples and friends. (eCard is a standalone app in app store)
Messages over 160 characters to be split on CDMA networks such as Verizon Wireless.
Full support for vCards allows you to send, receive, import and export them with Handcent SMS.
> Other tools:
Integrated spell checking and Message composition tools and etc.
For information, support, or to manage your account, please visit our website http://www.handcent.com
Or send an email to email@example.com
Like us at https://www.facebook.com/handcent
Follow us at https://twitter.com/handcent
|Send sms messages||Can send SMS messages||Internal|
|Read phone status and identity||Can read phone's current state information like in-phone call, phone signal, carrier, device ID, and phone number||Internal|
|Change network connectivity||Allows applications to change network connectivity state.||It appears this app uses this data for internal use within the app's functionality|
|Record audio||Can record audio through microphone on device||Internal|
|Can record audio through microphone on device||It appears this app uses this data for delivering targeted advertisement|
|Read your text messages (sms or mms)||Can read SMS messages||It appears this app uses this data for internal use within the app's functionality|
|Retrieve running apps||Can retrieve information on currently and recently running apps on the device||It appears this app uses this data for internal use within the app's functionality|
|Read your contacts||Can read user's contact list (phone book) and phone call history||Internal|
|Disable your screen lock||Allows applications to disable the keyguard if it is not secure.||It appears this app uses this data for internal use within the app's functionality|
|Full network access||Can access the internet||It appears this app uses this data for internal use within the app's functionality|
|Can access the internet||It appears this app uses this data for targeted advertising|
|Can access the internet||It appears this app uses this data for utility purposes|
|Connect and disconnect from wi-fi||Can connect to and disconnect from Wi-Fi access points||It appears this app uses this data for targeted advertising|
|Edit your text messages (sms or mms)||Allows the app to write to SMS messages stored on your tablet or SIM card. Malicious apps may delete your messages.||Not analyzed yet|
|Read call log||Can read your device’s call log, including incoming and outgoing calls||Not analyzed yet|
|Close other apps||Allows an application to call killBackgroundProcesses(String).||Not analyzed yet|
|Modify or delete the contents of your usb storage||Can write to your phone's USB storage||Not analyzed yet|
|Write call log||Can change your device’s call log including incoming and outgoing calls data||Not analyzed yet|
|Receive text messages (mms)||Allows an application to monitor incoming MMS messages.||Not analyzed yet|
|Receive text messages (sms)||Can receive SMS messages||Not analyzed yet|
|Modify your contacts||Can edit contacts on device||Not analyzed yet|
|Directly call phone numbers||Can call phone numbers||Not analyzed yet|
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