Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.
Tech News 7th March 2018 623

Mobile Users Getting A Lot Textra From App 

Why would anyone download an SMS text messaging App to their mobile when they all come with one pre-installed?

There must be a good answer because over ten million Android users have installed Textra, the most applauded alternative. It has over a third of a million user reviews on Google Play, and 88 per cent rate it as highly as to award four or five stars.

The consensus is that it does the job far better than the standard manufacturer installed solutions, even though it costs three dollars to get the Pro version which is free of those pesky ads in the corner.

What features give it such a wide appeal?

First up is customisation. Users can pick their own colour combinations, text bubble styles, fonts, emoji sets and more.

As a result, the look of the App is more appealing and matched to personal taste. There is even an option to switch between ‘light’ and ‘dark’ colour combinations depending on local sunrise and sunset times, to make texts easy to read day and night.

Another popular feature of Textra is pre-scheduling of messages. For instance, a regular wheeze is to prepare a ‘Happy Birthday’ message, toddle off to bed and leave the phone to send it at a minute past midnight, hoping to be first to get the greeting in.

The Quick Reply feature, allowing responses to incoming texts whilst ‘staying in the App you are in’ is also much used.

There are popular alternatives to Textra.

Go Pro is the most widely installed, but older and therefore harder to make as free.

Chomp is from the same stable as Textra and will be phased out.

 

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.

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