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Sounds to me like you'd need to use Corona Native (or some plugin) in order to read texts, however, I am not sure how (or if it is even possible) to read incoming texts using Corona. As for getting the contacts from a device, I remember having seen a plugin available on the marketplace that can fetch them for both iOS and Android.
I see two main problems when using Corona for this:
- Corona apps don't run in the background. Period. That means scanning messages can only happen when the app is the active open app.
- Corona in its basic form does not have access to the content of texts, I believe (99% sure of this, not 100%). There might be plugins that do this, or you could go native, but that's a lot more complex than just using the basic SDK.
Unfortunately I have zero experience with Corona Native so I can't guide you. However, I do believe it will require you to be very fluent in programming in C or C++ and juggling different frameworks, dev kits and xCode. If this sound daunting to you (as it does to me) I would assume that Corona Native is not the way to go for you.
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