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Koush Launches DeskSMS, Send Text Messages Using Gmail and Google Talk

Our buddy Koush released his latest app creation yesterday called DesktopSMS.  It’s a simple app that allows you to have your phone’s text (SMS) messages forwarded to your Google Talk and Gmail accounts.  Once received, you can respond directly through either service to continue the conversation with your texting pal.  All you need to do is install the app, login with one of your Google accounts, and then decide how you want to receive your texts.  It’s definitely a beta, so he’s looking for early adopters to jump on it and provide feedback.

I recommend going with the GTalk method if you want your responses to be sent at a faster pace.

I should point out that it appears to lack Google Voice integration.  Not sure if it would even be possible to include that though, but I have asked Koush for his thoughts on it and will report back.

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  • skyskioc

    Works on Droid X running APEX 2.0  RC2………… No problems yet.

  • curious how this works in limited cell service areas….like my office at work

  • Mario Lo

    Damn I knew this would happen.  I created a similar app for my personal use but all it does is send my SMS to a gmail inbox.  I use it in situations where I am away from my phone while its docked for charging and I am on my tablet. 

    There are times where just receiving a text is helpful.  If I want to respond, I’ll use GVoice.  It is almost ready for the market/public but I’m not rushing it now lol.

    • Anonymous

      Great idea you got goin there..!

  • The only problem I have with something like this is that I also have Google Talk on my phone (we all do), so when I get a text, I would also get a notification on Google Talk immediately. Not a big problem when I am at the computer, because that would only happen the first time in a conversation. But if I am out and about, this would get REALLY annoying. I will try it, but I already fear this idea (this is what happened when I tried to write an app like this… I just threw it away).

    • Anonymous

      Not mocking at all, but if you’re out and about, you would have your phone, no? Why forward your texts when you’re away from your computer/out and about? 

      • I don’t want a service that I have to turn on and off all the time, I just want to install it and forget about it. My days can get pretty busy, and the last thing I want to is change settings all the time. I hope that makes sense.

  • Max

    thats cool now i can text on my tablet

  • Seems silly, with google voice already out there?

  • Alex Walkowski

    I use MightyText more than my phone for texting now. And MightyText gets better every single day.

    • Adam Metzner

      There have been others that use google to pipe the sms then you have to get a chat client on your pc. MightyText’s chrome plugin is awesome 

  • Jacob Bowen

    This will work great for those that can’t DL things on work computers like mighty text.  BTW I don’t think many network nazi’s have figured out GTALK is in G+ cuz it isn’t blocked at my work yet!

  • Anonymous

    is that the number of the person you are sending it to, you mean?

  • Anonymous

    is that the number of the person you are sending it to, you mean?

  • Couldn’t get it to work on DX running CM7 #28. 

  • Couldn’t get it to work on DX running CM7 #28. 

  • CyberPete

    I use SMSForward from the market. It works really well, with lots of options.

  • CyberPete

    I use SMSForward from the market. It works really well, with lots of options.

  • Fallsgable

    I am confused… I’m not knocking the app, but I don’t understand why I’d need it.
    1. Handcent works Fine (not a plug) and my phone is always with me. It’s immediate and reliable!
    2. If I am on my desktop or laptop, I can text directly from the Gmail chat window.
    3. It’s not going to be free texting Because texts are sent to my VZW # first, and then forwarded by this app to googles accts..

    • Not meant to make texting free. It’s meant to make it more convenient. #2 is what this program does.

  • MightyText is my go-to now, and I don’t have to use my Google number. 

    • Anonymous

      Agreed.  MightyText works flawlessly.  Use it every day.

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    • I love MightyText, but they have a nasty policy of not supporting the dev channel of Chrome. I’m a web developer, so I’ve started to exclusively use dev channel (makes no sense to switch back and forth), and MightyText doesn’t work there.

  • Trooper

    Installed it and tried it out.  Does not work on my phone.  I emailed him will see what he says.

  • The real question is, does this bypass the carrier SMS count?  I’m on a limited texting plan, and if I switch over to something like this, will that allow me basically unlimited free texting?

    • Doubt it. I’m quite sure it just eliminates you from having to pick up the phone.  The email or gtalk is converted and sent through sms like normal.

    • jason6g

      get google voice. that bypasses their text count. text messages are sent over the “data” portion of what you pay for =)

      i use my google voice # for people i dont know but need to be contacted and it works great!

  • Anonymous

    Is there any advantage to this if all my texting is already done over GVoice? I know that GTalk is more reliable on Android than GVoice (i.e. less likely to be killed and have to be refreshed).

  • Ryan L Thornton

    Koush is the man and his apps are always a godsend.  I’m sure that this will work flawlessly after a few people test it.  One thing I didn’t notice, does it require root?

    • Does not require root, only official Gingerbread

      • Only Froyo actually!

        • Anonymous

          Is was already asked above but I wanna confirmation from you, I don’t have long distance sms, when using this will it bypass the regular carrier sms?

        • Ryan L Thornton

          What’s the chance this will be worked on for gingerbread?  Loving this shiny new Droid 3!

  • Why is it called desktop? Is my phone now my desk? Where do I put my coffee cup?

    • It’s an app that connects your SMS to email and gtalk so that you can text from a desktop (or laptop).

      • How do I compose a new text in gmail? What’s the text recipients address?

        • Initiating conversations do not work right now, Koush was unsure how to implement that in the best way as of yesterday.

          • You can initiate a conversation by sending an email to
            number at desksms.appspot.com
            It’s a bit clunky, but I will fix that somehow 🙂

          • I am not having luck with this. It went through and asked for permissions and I allowed it. I have google talk selected. Not sure if having a 3rd party SMS app affects it at all (using GO SMS). I’m assuming not, but thought it was worth mentioning

            DX running Liberty 0.8

          • Anonymous

            This is where MightyText wins over DekstopSMS.  Once the extension is added to Chrome, and the app is installed to Android, you can sync your contacts.  Phone could be on other side of country, and still have your contacts fully accessible.

    • Anonymous

      I see what you did there.

  • Daniel Devine

    There’s no need for Google Voice integration – you can already send and receive your texts from a computer.

    • Anonymous

      I was going to say this.. but I just figured people would stop bein greedy

  • Christopher Heuer

    It doesn’t need Google Voice integration, you can respond to Google Voice messages on your computer already, by web or chrome extension.

  • Knightcrusader

    Dammit! I was working on something exactly like this, instead it connects directly to your PC to use an IM client (like Pidgin) to carry the SMS conversation.

    Well crap, guess I got to come up with a different idea now.

    • Keep at it, or join forces.  Don’t let your work go to waste!

    • Mr. Joe

      You can still release yours.  It’s called competition.  Besides, I’m sure yours is 100% better then this!

      • Knightcrusader

        I plan to. The hard part is implementing a full XMPP server right on the phone… still working out the bugs!

  • Brian Ginyard

    tried it last night & it works perfectly for my Nexus S 4G

  • Hope it is possible to use this app on my Motorola XOOM. 🙂