Color Text Messages+ for iOS adds some pizzaz to your SMSes
| by Padmini Harchandrai |
iPhone text messages currently can be sent in two colours - green for a regular text message and blue for iMessage. A new app has entered the App Store to help you jazz up your messages if you want. It's called Color Text Messages+ and it's available for free on the iOS App Store. The app gained enough popularity on the weekend to claim the top spot among free social networking applications in the App Store, however, now it's sunk down to spot number 2 in the U.S iOS App Store among the free social networking apps, sitting one spot behind Facebook Messenger. The application in essence, allows you to choose a background for your text message (either a solid colour or a pattern), you can then choose a colour for the text that you're writing and finally a font for your text. You then write your message in the app itself and when you're ready to send, you hit done and the app copies the message to the phone's clipboard. You then launch the Messages app and you paste the bubble inside the text window. Your recipient, if he or she is an iPhone user, will be able to see the message as colourfully as you sent it.
Screenshots of Color Text Messages+ for iOS
Therein lies the problem though. If you send the 'text' bubble to an iPhone user who has iOS 5, you will have no problem, the bubble will go through as an iMessage. However, if you send it to a non-iPhone user or even someone that's using an older iPhone, the message goes through as an MMS. Furthermore, if your recipient's phone cannot process or receive MMSes, your effort was for nothing. The other problem is that you have to keep launching the app if you want to send colourful text messages. You cannot just select a theme for your Messages app to retain. This might be because of Apple's developer agreement where a few basic functions of the phone cannot be taken over by an application. Also, while the application is fun to use, it could very easily get tiring to read constantly multicoloured text messages. So while the application is enjoying its success for now, text messaging in regular old iPhone colours may still win out.
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