As you know that, Google+ Hangout is the default sms application in Android 4.4 Kitkat, most of the Android users liked this feature while some of them are not happy with this new feature in KitKat. If you are on the same boat and don’t like the new Hangout SMS application on your Android 4.4 powered smartphone and want to change with Old Stock SMS application. Recently, We also bought the Nexus 5, which is powered with the latest Android 4.4 OS and we are also looking for the replacement of the Hangout SMS application. So today in this article we will show you how to go back to the Old SMS app and how to change the SMS default application on Android 4.4 KitKat phones.
To do this all you need a free android application called 8Sms. 8sms is an adaptation of the stock SMS app from Android 4.3 and earlier. The application has lots of new feature which you will use on your smartphone, Lets take a look how the application works on Android 4.4 devices.
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How to Get Back the Old Stock SMS app on Android 4.4 Kitkat
Go the Google play store from your android mobile and search for the 8sms free application and install it. You can find the download link at the end of this post. The application is free to download and based on the Android 4.3 / CyanogenMod 10.2 messaging app. The application is powered with some awesome features such as notification popups, quick reply, gesture templates, emoji and dark theme support.
Recently the developer of the app added one more new feature Configurable icon in the application. With the help of this setting you can change the icon on your home screen, the new icon is based on the Old Stock application icon.
Once the application is installed, go to your Google+ hangout settings and change the default SMS setting. Here all you have to select the 8SMS application as your default sms app and you are ready to go. For more information how to change the Default SMS application setting read How to Change Default SMS App Setting in Android 4.4.
So Lets us know, do you really like the new Hangouts or would like to get back your old SMS app? Leave your comments below.
Download 8sms (Stock Messaging, KitKat)