SMS messages are a big part of modern phones, and there are plenty of alternative apps offering enhancements or improvements. Fusion Messenger is another entry and was built by one guy with heavy feedback from Redditors.
The creator, who goes by the name ShortFuse, built the app after asking users on Reddit what they wanted to see on Android. The biggest request was an SMS app fusing (hence the name) numerous messaging services.
As the Play Store description warns, it remains a beta for now, but ShortFuse is definitely keen to make everything work. In the space of a day, the app has went from version 0.23 to 0.28. Now that’s dedication. Initial impressions on the Play Store have been remarkably positive, with some people calling it a “real alternative”, and an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 at the time of writing.
Android enthusiasts will likely have heard of ShortFuse, since he’s the man behind SuperOneclick as well. At present limitations on the Fusion beta mean it doesn’t show existing conversations, but that’ll change when it goes public.
Fusion’s future has been pretty carefully planned out too, with the next release hoping to link Steam, Google Talk, and Reddit under the same roof. In the future, it might even add multiple Google Voice accounts as well as Facebook.