With all the messaging apps now available for your Android phone - from Google Hangouts, to WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and trusty old SMS app - managing them can quickly get chaotic and confusing. Thankfully, a nifty little app called Drupe was recently released in the Play Store, letting you manage all your messaging apps - and send messages - from one convenient place.
(full disclosure: we've never had contact with anyone at Drupe. We just genuinely think it's great)
Once you've installed Drupe, it will collate all your contacts and messaging apps, listing your contacts in a bubble on the left of the screen and icons for your various messaging apps on the right. From here, it's just a matter of dragging a contact into one of your messaging apps to immediately open that app and start writing a message to your chosen contact.
Another feature that will appeal to tidiness freaks about Drupe is the fact that you can condense all notifications from your contacts on your various messaging apps to a single notification from Drupe. This means no more clutter on in your notifications menu.
To have constant access to Drupe, you can set it to display an unintrusive four-dot logo on the left or right side of your screen, which will appear on top of whatever app you have open at that time. This makes it very easy to just swipe in Drupe's list of your contacts and messaging apps, and message away.
It's not often that we heap so much praise on a single app, but manufacturers (and Google itself) are yet to come up with good in-house solutions to quickly and neatly manage the various messaging services on your device. Drupe is designed so well that it almost feels like a stock Android feature, and will bring all your WhatsApp, SMS, Facebook, and other messaging services under control.