I was skeptical about RA, but loaded it on my wife’s iPad a while back so that she could text from that device. Didn’t load it on her phone, so while you could indeed text from the iPad, it was missing certain features like contact integration. But she doesn’t like change and I didn’t want to change her texting app on her phone. The good news is that it works fine on the iPad and she likes that capability.
I then loaded it onto my Windows 10 desktop computer one day when I needed to text some pics that were on the desktop and this seemed like the easiest way to do that. The good news is that it works fine on my Windows 10 desktop.
After those 2 successes, I decided that maybe I should indeed load RA onto my wife’s phnoe since she is on the RW 2.0 plans and can only use the basic texting app, and RA might be an upgraded for her. But I decided that I should load RA onto my phone and test it first. That’s where things fell apart.
My phone: Nexus 6P running Android 8.1. Over the next few days after I loaded RA, I started noticing that text notification was flakey and random. Sometimes I would get my audible notification and sometimes I wouldn’t. Strange, and irritating, but maybe not a deal breaker. I kept using RA but also noticed that sometimes friends seemed to take a LOT longer responding to my texts than usual. I didn’t really think too much more about it until one night we were at my daughter’s house and all of a sudden both she and my son-in-law received some texts that I had sent to them earlier in the day. I started watching more closely after that and found that sometimes people would get my texts right away and sometimes not until hours later. All recipients were using Pixel phones with Android 8.1.
So, that was the final straw. I removed RA from my phone and went back to Textra, and now my texts are once again being delivered reliably. Maybe I’ll look at RA again in a few months after it has gone through some more development cycles, but it simply wasn’t reliable enough for me. Perhaps for others it is. Perhaps it is something unique about my phone/os/ect. But whatever the case, it simply isn’t reliable.
I will, however, leave it running on the iPad and on my Windows 10 desktop, as it does appear to work well on those platforms.