[QUOTE=omniwolf;38312132]Yeah i noticed this too, and it pushed me to start using Sliding Messaging. I never realised it changed, though. Now that you mentioned it's not always like this, I dug around our CSC settings, and I think is probably it:
<CscFeature_Message_DisableContactThumbnailInMsgLi st>TRUE</CscFeature_Message_DisableContactThumbnailInMsgLis t>
you'll find that in /system/csc/others.xml
change the TRUE to FALSE, save the file, and reboot your phone. all fixed.
Omniwolf you are a legend. Worked perfectly. Changed True to False in the others.xml and bingo sms avatars are back again. Love the learning curve on XDA.