It hss been a while since Android's default Messaging app got some really good updates. Google has a new, updated Messenger with better sharing and number blocking.
While many people have switched over to Hangouts for all their messaging, some of us prefer the Hangouts-free experience, and it's nice to see an update for our camp.
The new Messenger app brings a shiny new, colourful interface to your messages, along with advanced features like archiving, search and faster sharing. You can also block individual senders or set contact-specific ringtones right from the message thread, which is a very nice touch.
To take advantage of most of these features, you may need to set Messenger as your new default SMS app -- so head into the settings and turn that on when you start it up.