I agree, but unfortunately we just don’t live in a world where that’s feasable at this point. What I think will be the “holy grail” is an app that lets you send text messages from your own phone number from any device. Google Voice is kind of close to this, but because most people can’t tie that to their actual phone seamlessly (in other words, without having to open Google Voice to make a call), it’ll never be usable for everyone.
And if there is something that could replace SMS, it would have to be standards-based, like email. If there was a system that let us send messages to friends whether they’re on SMS, Facebook, Whatsapp, LINE, etc, that’d be killer. Yes, things like Trillian kind of do this, but that’s still not standards compliant. I mean something truly like email in that anyone could create an app that takes advantage of it, and any client could send to that new service, with no updates.
I’ve tried many times to use the messaging apps in the header image. Unfortunately, none of my friends are using any of those platforms, so I’m stuck to Facebook messenger (which apparently no one but me uses on their phone) and SMS. Very disappointing.