This is a followup post to my earlier post which listed the internal codenames that were used by the official Android Messages app. It ended with them coming to the end of the Alphabetic order with “Zither” and another update with “Nose Flute”.

A new version has now been released!

Announcing libAeApps Version 4

Just after the hard work on Message Counter was completed and the app was released to the public, I have taken up another major app rewriting task. This time it’s LibAeApps.

Message Counter 4.0

September marks a Major milestone for a hobby Android app. What started as a proof of concept back in 2013 has now reached Version 4 and close to a total of 1,00,000 downloads.

The latest release of Android Messages app from Google had just hit the playstore featuring Material Theme. I was able to trace back the internal codenames of the app.

With Version 4.0 of Message Counter around the corner, lets take a look at the history of the icons for the app.

Message Counter was using a background service to start an SMS Content Observer. While upgrading the app to target the latest Android API, it appeared that the service was killed after around 1 minute of the application went to the background.

This proved challenging for the app’s functionality until further research led to…