The folks at biteSMS had said that they’ll be releasing biteSMS for iOS 7 in beta on December 28th. But they’ve already released biteSMS 8.0.1 beta for iOS 7 today on Cydia, though on a different repository.
biteSMS, in case you’re not aware, is one of the most popular alternatives for the Messages app as it includes number of features like Quick Reply, Quick Compose, scheduled SMS, delivery reports, signatures etc. that are not available in the native Messages app.
To install the beta, you need to add biteSMS’ beta repo with the URL “http://test-cydia.bitesms.com” to Cydia.
In case you need help, follow these simple steps:
- Launch Cydia
- Tap on the Manage tab at the bottom
- Then tap on Sources
- Tap on the Edit button at the top right corner and then tap the Add button
- Enter the following URL – http://test-cydia.bitesms.com and tap on Add Source button
- You can now search for biteSMS and should see biteSMS 8.0.1 beta.
Keep in mind that since this is a beta, it has a number of bugs, which you may or may not face. Let us know what you think of the beta build of biteSMS in the comments below.
It looks like biteSMS 8.0.1 beta wasn’t meant for the public, so it has been pulled from Cydia, which isn’t surprising as it was very buggy. Developers of biteSMS have posted the following update on the situation:
This was for internal testing only, it’s not a beta release, it’s not ready yet. OMG I am freaking out you guys got this when it’s not good enough. It’s annoying you saw it in this state. We are pulling it off shortly (I can’t get to Amazon S3 to pull it grrrrrr).
There’s a bunch of bugs to fix up, some UI improvements and the ARM64 which is going to take a few days before an official Beta is out.
We’ll let you know as soon as the beta is out, stay tuned here at iPhone Hacks or join our Facebook Fan page, follow us on Twitter, add us to your circles on Google+ or subscribe to our RSS feed.