Couria iOS 8

With biteSMS’ demise, there has been a distinct need for messaging tweaks, specifically quick reply and quick compose tweaks. Couria, a quick reply and quick compose tweak that first debuted on iOS 7, is a tweak that looks to fill the need.

Today, its developer, Qusic, teased the progress he’s been making on Twitter. Here’s a look at what you should expect.

If the iOS 8 version of Couria is anything like the iOS 7 release, then users should expect a lightweight Messages app addon. Here’s my video where I talk about the iOS 7 version:

To use quick reply, users can interact with banner notifications or Lock screen notifications. For quick compose, users can opt to establish an Activator gesture to invoke a composition window for new messages.

Regarding Couria’s potential, here’s what I had to say about the iOS 7 version:

Couria shows lots of promise, but it’s not without its opportunities for improvement. Some may gripe about the tweak’s look. It features an iOS 7-centric style, but some may feel that it still lacks the polish necessary to make this tweak compete with biteSMS.

Sadly, biteSMS is no longer in the picture—at least for the foreseeable future. The door is wide open for a tweak to step in and try to fill the large void left by one of the most highly regarded jailbreak tweaks in jailbreaking history.

I don’t think we should expect Couria to be a 1:1 replacement for biteSMS, because that’s a very tall order for any developer. But I do hope that Couria can provide us with a quick reply and quick compose experience that’s worthy of how the biteSMS team would have done it.

What do you think about Couria and its potential? Are you looking forward to what Qusic has planned?

  • Trick

    What’s the story with bitesms? Did they fall out?

    • Jake Barbour

      i think so…after losing their main developer and with BiteSMS still in beta on iOS 7 i think its done, it’s a shame because that was the best tweak for iPhone (in my opinion).

      • L J

        And I paid for it 🙁 for it to not be developed anymore is sad

      • Same here and I did once I got on iOS 7. Such a shame to see such a well made QR alternative disappear like that.

      • FreeGreezyDoe

        Exactly why I pirate before i buy

      • L J

        I don’t mind paying if it’s a really good tweak that I like. I support those who do a good job in the jail break community. I’m sure if you were a developer you wouldn’t want your apps pirated

      • FreeGreezyDoe

        If I was a developer I would never bail on my app yha the difference and if I did I would refund everyone who purchased close to when I did bail

  • diggitydang

    I liked Couria a lot in iOS7. The Whatsapp version of it didn’t work for me though. Also, Activator still hasn’t been updated to fix the sporadic killing of Control Centre, so once again, there goes another solid tweak out the window for me (unless I can install it without Activator) and just use it for QR.

    • Favna

      The thing with whatsapp is with the way whatsapp works it has to be running in the background for Couria to work. Whilst this can be more or less fixed by enabling ‘Background app refresh’ it is still not flawless in it’s ways.

      • diggitydang

        Oh really? I didn’t know that (obviously!). Thanks… Agree that it’s not the best solution though.

    • Activator was just updated today actually.

      • diggitydang

        It looks like it’s a Beta… Hmmmm… I wonder if he fixed the specific issue of killing CC… the Beta details also say it’s for October 25, 2014… Hmmmm again…

        I’ll give it a shot though. If it doesn’t work, I’ll just have to delete it again… fingers crossed (thanks for taking the time to let me know though!! Really appreciate that!!).

      • diggitydang

        Activator is still being a pain… Ughhhh…

  • Lemerio P.

    Finally… But I doubt it will have scheduled text messages. Something I’ve used on bitesms all the time.

  • Robert Goldberg

    Yes! Finally!! I loved it on iOS7. Really miss it. Tried Messages+ instead, turned out to be complete piece of garbage, very expensive piece mind you. Can’t wait for this one.

    • I don’t see how Messages+ is that bad at all. I would definitely prefer something that runs smoother and is actually updated frequently, but it is miles ahead of the stock QR option.

  • mike

    Loved Couria as the first legitimate Bite competitor. Glad to see he’s working on it again.

  • Aadish

    There aren’t a lot of tweaks for quick reply in iOS 8 to be honest. When I upgraded to 8, I sorely missed Couria and hoped for it to come sooner. Although, I’d like to point out another tweak called MessageHeads. It works like the Facebook chat heads we had in the past. And it’s a brilliant nifty tweak considering it gets the job done. I think it is better than all the other tweaks I used in the past and it works each time! Even on the lock screen if you have your notifications off.

    Pretty surprising that iDownloadblog didn’t review it. I thought it is brilliant!

    • Don’t you have to have Facebook installed to get the MessageHeads tweak to work? I swear that is why I never switched to it.

      • Aadish

        No. The tweak has nothing to do with Facebook. It’s just inspired by the message heads tweak we used to have that worked with Facebook long back! It’s sole purpose is to work with messages. And it has done its job brilliantly by far.

  • noracuts

    iOS 8 already has quick reply.
    The only thing missing is quick compose. Looking forward to anything that can do that. I tried Messages+ and it ain’t great.

    However, it would be awesome to get BiteSMS back.
    Can’t anyone help bring it up to date?

    • Or scheduled messaging…. Also the stock QR on the Lockscreen is basically worthless too.

  • Chocolope Jailbreakush

    I can’t believe all the people that went out and bought Messages+?. It’s always better to wait and if you know anything about the JB community BiteSMS is forever gone thats been known since 8.0.

  • Tyler Smith

    anyone know what the price will be?

    • coLin

      it’s free for iOS7, so I assume the same for iOS8

  • coLin

    @Jeff Benjamin I think the quick compose searches the contacts from your current Messages app not from the Contacts list. Anyone?

  • NP92

    This cant even take 20% of bitesms:( i Just want a popup glass like bitesms, but this is no go..:( I think many would like this tweak.

  • Kim Olsson

    From what I remember, Couria could never do quick compose from lock screen, right? I think thats the reason I never tried it over BiteSMS. Still helluvalot better vs. Apples non-existing solution though of course 🙂

    • deepdvd

      Yes, it could before. I used it all the time from the lock screen with a swipe down gesture on the right side of the screen

  • solidsephiroth

    I hope it works from the lockscreen like BiteSMS does.

  • h4nd0fg0d

    Messages+ has been working flawlessly for me on 8. Looking forward to this in lieu of my favs demise, bitesms.

  • Paul Edmund

    I wish someone would develop the option to quick reply from the lock screen without showing a message preview.

    It would be nice if the message preview would be only seen once it was swiped.