More Than Just A Messenger

Text messaging is an integral part of phone usage for many people, and although all phones have native messaging clients, they can be extremely horrible. Some native text messaging applications do not treat MMS as we would like, while others are poorly distributed or lack resources. Fortunately, we can use one of the many third-party SMS clients on Android: some are minimal messaging apps, and others offer superior functionality over others.

Android’s beauty is that if the OEM doesn’t offer a specific app, we can always download another app for it. Whether it’s a launcher, a browser, a phone application, or even an SMS client, you can change everything on Android.

A developer has decided to create what he calls “a real competitor to iMessage” for Android. The application is called pulse. How is Pulse different? How is Android messaging different?

You’ll get all the answers in this comparison article of the Android message and the Pulse SMS app.

App Size

In terms of space, the Pulse SMS app is quite small in space. It only weighs 5 to 7 MB. In contrast, Google’s Android messages are between 15 and 20 MB in size.

Price and Cross-Platform

Both applications can be downloaded for free on the Play Store. There is no premium version for Android messages. However, a premium app is available in the Pulse app. The premium version offers the possibility of using Pulse SMS on any platform.

Yes, Pulse SMS has apps for almost any software, like Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, etc. In addition to this feature, everything else is available in the free version.

Unfortunately, Android messages are currently limited to Android devices only. It does not have native cross-platform support.


Although Android Messages is famous for applying automatic colors to each thread, it is impossible to customize it to your preferences. Although Pulse also uses intuitive themes for contacts, it offers a lot of personalization. You can change the general theme, cartoon style, font size, and colors. You can also customize the list of conversations.

Conversation List

If you access the Pulse app and Android messages side by side, you will find a visible difference between the two apps. In the Pulse app, messages are separated by date. This simplifies the search for messages.

Also, this application includes a navigation drawer that contains all the additional parameters and functionalities. On the other hand, Android messages do not separate messages by date. All parameters are present in the three-dot menu in the upper right corner.

Multiple Choices

SMS Pulse allows you to select multiple messages in a conversation thread. You can delete them or share them with other chat apps. Although Android messages also allow you to share messages with other apps, you cannot select multiple items.


The message search function is available in both applications and is very fast. In Android messages, you can only see a preview of the message. On the other hand, the Pulse SMS application displays the full message containing the term.

Unread Messages

In the navigation pane, you will find options for unread messages in the Pulse app. When you touch it, all unread messages are available here. This feature is not available in Android messages.


The Pulse app is useful in many ways. You can use it to deliver text messages from any device. And you’ll also get cool features like scheduling, delays, folders, private messages, etc. These features are beneficial if you often use basic text messages.

However, if you occasionally use SMS, the Android messages should be sufficient for your text messaging needs.

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