Reviewed in Android App Report
After performing a few test with both HoverChat and QKSMS running side by side. The following points were clear: (It should be said I'm using the Huawei P6 on 4.2.2) 1 - receiving pop-up text while on the home screen. Both performed well. However QKSMS' pop-up settings had to be refreshed as the pop-ups stopped after trying to receive a text while watching a video. 2 - receiving pop-up while watching a YouTube video via the app. HoverChat worked, no problem. QKSMS didn't and not even the notification bar listed the SMS. While the feature to transition to transparent for HoverChat, while the video continued to play, was pretty cool. 3 - screen off. HoverChat still displayed the popup and message count. QKSMS didn't bother to show up to the party. Design goes to QKSMS with its material style and clean interface. Functionality goes to HoverChat. It should be said QKSMS had received all SMS sent. These issues only affected the notifications.
Reviewed in Messaging Apps with Pop Up Replies
Possibly the best popup format out of this list, HoverChat uses Facebook-like ChatHeads for your sms/mms. The Hover Heads can be customized (including animated Hover Heads) and moved around the screen. Once the popup is expanded, it can be made partially transparent to better see what is behind it or you can minimize it back to a Hover Head.
Reviewed in Fun & Functional
HoverChat is an SMS app that is fully functional and has the option to purchase and apply themes within the app. The main feature of the app is the 'hover' element which allows a small icon to appear within most apps and on your homescreen when you get a message. If you tap on this you will see the conversation and you will be able to reply to the message quickly and easily. For free this app is a steal.
Aly007 - . I recently discovered it from a redditor and I really like it. Pop-up heads like Facebook Messenger really rocks ! Didn't see that on any other messaging app.
Reviewed in You Need to try this!
Hoverchat has been my rock as far as sms goes. It is anything I could ever ask for in a messenger. I myself love pop-up style that hoverchat brings. The idea you don't have to stop everything you might be doing on your phone for a text message. High recommend this app.
HoverChat is a replacement for your stock SMS app where you can Message without interrupting what you're doing!
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*** NOTICE: Go SMS Pro, Handcent SMS and MySMS users must DISABLE those apps OR make sure you install HoverChat before those other apps (you might need to uninstall them then re-install if you already have them on your phone). These apps fight with HoverChat for priority to receive messages from the system. If you do not want to disable them, please do not download HoverChat and give a low rating ***
Tired of having to switch windows or pause videos just to answer an incoming message? HoverChat enables true multitasking by allowing you to read and reply to incoming messages without ever leaving your current screen.
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★ Multiple floating windows at the same time
★ Drag and drop windows anywhere with ease
★ Collapse mode helps minimize popups for easy access anytime
★ Anti-NSA mode: Encrypt messages while sending to contacts so your phone carrier or government cannot read it... Ninja Style!
★ Option to save messages on your phone encrypted to prevent other apps reading your SMS messages
★ Emoji Support :)
★ Notification animation for new incoming messages in minimized chat windows
★ Maximize mode allows you to switch to full texting mode in an instant
★ Transparency mode to help you view other windows in the background as you read and reply to messages
★ Settings panel lets you control which contacts the app will show popups for
★ 1 easy switch to enable and disable anytime
★ Efficient battery usage so you can keep the popups open as long as you want
★ Elegant design and graphics
HoverChat lets you have similar popup features as Facebook's new "Chat Heads" feature without needing to replace your current launcher. Plus, we support all phones 2.2+ already :) (including HD devices such as Samsung Galaxy S 4, Sony Z, HTC One X etc.)
We'd like to hear from you. Email us features you'd like to see in upcoming releases.
We respect your privacy. These are the permissions requested by the app and an explanation why we are asking you for them:
- Reading/Editing/Sending Messages: We use this to help you read and reply to SMS messages from within the popup windows
- Reading your contacts: This is to provide you full control to select which contacts you want the popup windows to show up for
- Drawing over apps: We use this permission to display the popup window hovering over your apps. We also give you permission to minimize or close it at any time.
- Vibrate permission: To notify you of new incoming messages depending on your phone's sound profile
** NOTE ** HoverChat uses your phone carrier's normal SMS plan to send messages. Check with your phone carrier for their price offerings