Friday, November 20, 2009

SMS Popup v1.0.5 out now (a few minor updates)

Here's another small update, nothing too major in this one. Hopefully v1 of the app should be stable now for most users so I'll start slowing down releases and start working on some newer features again so stay tuned!

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SMS Popup v1.0.5

  • Added Android OS Text-to-speech engine (for devices on Donut and above)
  • Switched regular Reply back to using threadId to reply (this should fix issues on devices like the Hero and Cliq where you would be unable to see previous messages in the thread). For users who want to trigger the old Reply you can switch it back in the Button Configuration, its called "Reply (to phone number)" - the only major use I've found for this is if you want Google Voice to trigger when clicking the Reply button.
  • Blur background option has now been removed (was causing massive slowdown on some devices)
  • Bug fixes as usual

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

SMS Popup v1.0.2 (and v1.0.3 and v1.0.4) with better support for Droid

Here's another quick bug fix release which also adds some support for Android 2.0 (Eclair) and therefore the newly released Droid phone (wish I had one to play with!).  The contacts framework in Eclair received a major overhaul so that it can support information from multiple sources (Gmail, Exchange, Facebook, etc.) - this is great, but it does make any app that accesses contacts slightly tricker.  For now I just put in some quick fixes so that the basics work but some additional work will need to be done to ensure 100% compatibility.

Given a lot of people were having trouble working out how to turn Quick Reply on and off, I also added a new option under Additional Settings to easily toggle this feature.

This release also adds translation strings for Czech, thanks goes out to Tomáš ( for helping out here!

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SMS Popup v1.0.2, v1.0.3, v1.0.4

  • Initial support for Android 2.0 (Eclair)
  • Bug fixes as usual
  • Added option for easier toggle of Quick Reply function (look under Additional Settings)
  • Update: TTS was broken in v1.0.2 so v1.0.3 has been released to fix it
  • Update: Yet *another* update, sorry about all these updates.  This fixes up lag when using Quick Reply on Droid and also adds better ability to handle messages received from email->sms gateways.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Quick Reply or No Quick Reply

Since launching v1.0.0 and v1.0.1 of SMS Popup I've been receiving a lot of feedback around the new "quick reply" feature - some people love it, some hate it.  Luckily you can easily turn this feature on and off via the configuration options - although it's not so obvious how to do this (I'm planning on making the option easier to find in a future release):

Load up SMS Popup settings -> Additional Settings -> Button Configuration -> Button 3 (or whichever button you have reply set to) -> Choose regular Reply or Quick Reply

Update: As of SMS Popup v1.0.2 there is now a quick toggle feature for Quick Reply

You can even choose both if you like to have them both accessible easily from the popup - and as an additional tip, if you long-press on the popup you can always access all options (both reply types, delete, view contact, text-to-speech etc.).

Remember to always check the SMS Popup FAQ for tips and tricks like this if you run into problems.

Quick Reply in action:

Sunday, November 1, 2009

SMS Popup v1.0.1 bug fix release

I received a ton of feedback after v1.0.0 came out a few days ago, mostly positive but some negative (mostly because some people don't like using quick reply - of course you can turn it off but it's not an easy option to find). Quite a few users reported various bugs or UI quirks as well - I rushed a bit to get some of the more annoying ones fixed in SMS Popup v1.0.1 which I just posted to the Android Market. Go grab it and keep the feedback coming!

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SMS Popup v1.0.1

  • Bug fix: Contact photos should now be showing again for HTC Hero users
  • Bug and UI fix: Quick reply is now a little easier to use, the send button has been moved where you can access it when the soft keyboard is in use and it also works in landscape when the soft keyboard is full screen.
  • Bug fix: Notifications were sounding while users were on the phone, this feature was requested by quite a few users, how ever it seems a lot more dislike it. Therefore I have removed this for now, but will add it back in as an option in a future version.
  • Bug fix: Updated the regular Reply intent so that it works with Google Voice again
  • App now defaults to regular Reply (instead of Quick Reply)