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Sliding Messaging Updated to Incorporate Google Voice Support

Sliding Messaging

Our favorite messaging application, Sliding Messaging, received a very important update this week, beginning its complete support and integration of Google Voice. In the update, texts can now be sent directly through the app from your Google Voice number. The developer is currently working on being able to receive Voice texts through the app, but it’s not quite there yet. 

In addition to that awesome news, there is a new theme, Card+, color options for the SlideOver feature (ChatHead-like pop-up option), and a few new options which makes this one of the more highly-customizable messaging options on Google Play.

What’s New:

  • Support for sending Google Voice messages (no receiving YET)
  • New Card+ UI added
  • Color options for SlideOver, the bubble can now be fully themed
  • Option to disable vibrate and ringtone for incoming messages while in a call
  • Option to disable the date in the conversation list panel
  • Option to theme the hyperlinks for anyone with the theme engine
  • Option to close Halo after sending a message (not for SlideOver)
  • Bug fixes

If you still have yet to try this application out, you’re doing it all wrong.

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Cheers Inquizitor!

  • Sean Bello

    I’ve given this a shot a couple times since it came out, but I felt it wasn’t complete, but good GOD is this amazing now!

  • lesli_duval

    til I saw the
    paycheck 4 $6102, I have faith that…my… neighbour woz realie receiving
    money parttime at their computer.. there moms best frend haz done this for
    only about sixteen months and just took care of the morgage on there place
    and got a great Chrysler. my company

  • Mickey A Valentine

    Wait. Where have I been? What is this and how does it work and how is it better than the regular gvoice app? I am so behind

  • Trueblue711

    I wasn’t aware Google Voice had an API for third party apps. Almost anything can be better than the official app, so that alone is a reason for me to use it.

  • imnotmikal

    Aw man, I noticed this a few days ago, didn’t even think to send in a tip…

    I sat there trying out the GVoice feature for a while, trying to find out why I couldn’t receive. Didn’t realize its not supposed to be supported yet. 😛

  • Jason

    Is there a free version ..?

    • Chris

      There was about two months ago when the app left Beta, then they removed the free version.

  • MReprogle

    So, this basically will use Google Voice for my regular texts, then shoot out MMS messages using my normal number?

    Also, when I start up, it asks for a carrier. When I go down to Verizon, it gives me the options of ‘Verizon Wireless’ and ‘Verizon Wireless #2’. Any difference between the two?

    • imnotmikal

      The only info I’ve seen is “if you use one and it doesn’t work, try the other”

  • Tim242

    The best way to use Google Voice, is to just have the messages forwarded to Gmail You can reply from there.

    • How is that “the best way” versus the actual app that’s completely seamless?

      • Tim242

        The actual app freezes up, has a background running service, and separates message threads.

        • Mine never freezes, I have no objection to the background running service, and Gmail separates message threads as well. It’s also harder to initiate a message via Gmail through Voice.

          • Tim242

            Gmail keeps all messages from the same recipient in the same thread. It is not harder to initiate. You just go to thread, hit reply.

          • I’m looking at my Voice messages in Gmail right now. They are NOT all kept in the same thread. It breaks them up by day and sometimes mid-day, just like the Voice app does. In fact, I suspect they’re using the same back end for them.

            And you and I clearly have different definitions of the word “initiate.”

          • Tim242

            If you want to initiate a message and you don’t have a message thread, no problem. Gmail saves the SMS string as a contact.

          • “So what’s your name? Rachel? So can I text you some time for drinks? Great. Please send me a text first so Gmail will save your SMS string so I can then ‘initiate’ a conversation with you because I don’t want Google Voice to run as a background service on my phone. Rachel? Hey, where are you going?”

          • Tim242

            For the rare occasion you are initiating with someone not in your contacts, you go to google.com/voice. I set a bookmark. See below. It’s not just about the running service, the app is slow and buggy.

          • Whether or not they’re in my contacts, that doesn’t automatically create an SMS address entry for them. That only appears if I’ve messaged them through it before, and if I let Google auto save any addresses I communicate with, which is a recipe for a mess Contacts. Not a real solution. And the web interface is awful and slow. That doesn’t fix anything.

            What phone do you have? Sounds like you’re having some really unusual problems. My Voice app is so much faster and more convenient than all of your suggestions.

          • Tim242

            Gmail automatically saves entries, you can’t disable that. After the first reply, you’re set forever. The web interface sends the message immediately. A lot of times in the app, it says sending forever, or message not sent, even though it does send some of the time.

        • AndySamberg

          I used this app 4 months ago. It was pretty, but slow and laggy.

  • mikewilson1021

    This is the app that has it all! Messaging+ Google Voice. It looks like the stock Android messaging app, sends AND receives Google Voice texts, and MMS works just fine. Pay for the full app. It’s worth it. My S4 is looking way better. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dreambig.stockmmswithgv

  • Paul

    Stopped using SMS/MMS messages a looong time ago.

    • Drome

      i take it you dont live in the US.

  • HA99

    Had it, but switched to TextSecure — which isn’t as pretty, but is fully functional and encrypts messages.

  • coolsilver

    Slideover popup was causing my notifications not to work. I got annoyed with it anyway and went back to old popup style and damn they work just fine now. No more missed texts.

  • happybana

    I’ll try it again…I really want it to work, but when I was using it before it was buggy as hell. Haven’t found anything that works as well as Handcent yet.

  • Mordecaidrake

    Wish this didn’t run like crap on my Droid Razr HD MAXX. 🙁

  • Jordan

    Textra performs so much better.

    • John Burke

      Textra (and Hancent) hijacks SMS Notifications & for me didn’t work with other SMS DashClock Extensions, MissedIt, NotifierPro or any App that tracks SMS Notifications from the system unless you explicitly tell them to track Textra.
      Too aggressive for me. Not even GO is that aggressive.

      • ben

        is that why texts sent from mightytext dont show up via textra? I dont really know any better options / how to set up the things you talked about right now, and I’m not to keen on buying this app now that there’s no free trial version

        • John Burke

          That could very well be the issue since Textra is very aggressive with Notifications.
          Try unintsalling it & using stock SMS App.

  • DKowalsky2

    As of my last check, still too slow to outstrip stock + Ninja SMS for me. Love the UI though.

  • Tyler

    “MMS support will depend on your carrier, although most are supported and working.”

    Does anyone know if this works on Verizon?

    • it says that it should… but i have never been able to get it to work… i keep installing every update and always end up uninstalling when my group texts dont work…

    • ianflo

      I’ve gotten it to work in the past, but trying to use Sliding messaging + mightytext + verizon led to so many issues with texts, that it just wasnt worth the headache. Problems included having to turn off wifi to send/receive mms, and just missing mms’ in general..

    • Dorian Brooks

      Yes. MMS works on the paid version for Verizon.

    • Bessie Arino

      Some people with Verizon have it working. I, unfortunately, am not one of those peoples.. But I like this app so much that I’m just living with sending and receiving them through stock..

      (I have the paid version.)

    • Chris

      Works fine for my Galaxy S4 on Verizon.

  • @1MPitts

    App looks great on paper but still needs performance improvements

    • Michael

      What phone are you using? I went from my maxx to my X and haven’t had a problem since

      • @1MPitts

        Stock Droid DNA

  • AndrewScottRox

    I would be happy if MMS worked and it was faster. Those are two key reasons why I uninstalled it.

    • Jason Downing


    • agree! i keep trying every update though… lol

    • John Burke

      If you’re part of their G+ BETA Community you’ll get an MMS update that came out last night.
      BETA access is a paid feature though, but definitely worth it IMO.

      • Michael

        I haven’t had a single problem since updating to the beta in regards to MMS

      • AndrewScottRox

        I have the paid version. Still terrible.

    • Dorian Brooks

      Works fine on my DNA, but I do have to mention I’m using the paid version.

  • tyguy829

    OMG if this gets receiving my life will be made. (except for mms maybe)

  • Jason Downing

    I love the app… purchased it, but it never ran well for me. Slow and laggy sometimes. Features don’t all work as they should and most of all the MMS workaround is lame in my opinion. It would be nice if they could get MMS to work for all carriers through the app instead of having to send/receive through stock.

    • tyguy829

      really? what phone do you have

      • Jason Downing

        Galaxy Nexus (Verizon) .. I’ll clarify that the slow and laggy part. That was cleared up for the most part, but if I have the feature selected that opens the contact list on launch, sometimes I get a forever loading screen on certain convos.

        • Charlie Val

          Did you use the option to optimize performance? Try that.