Google’s Messenger Is Here To Replace Android’s Default SMS App

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Google’s Messenger Is Here To Replace Android’s Default SMS App

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.

Messenger [Google Play Store via Android Police]

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  • For people having trouble finding the app in play store, search for a different google app (such as hangouts, and look through for other apps made by Google Inc.

    • some of us prefer the Hangouts-free experience, and it’s nice to see an update for our camp.

      But I agree. I switched to Hangouts a while ago. My wife (who is on a prepaid plan for the twice-a-year she uses her phone) uses the Hangouts to message me while I’m at work and it saves money, using our home WiFi instead of network data

      • Hangouts is great. I use it with my wife and just about every friend. It’s even available on iOS devices which is great for catching people from both major OS’s.

  • Hangouts has been quite disappointing, I stopped using it on the s5 because it didnt have quick reply and pop up notifications like other applicatations out there. It still has a good long way to go before it can replace the standard messaging app.

  • I stopped using hangouts because it was slow to load compared to the default messaging app – on both the HTC One X and the HTC Desire 816.

  • Tried this app but two problems:
    1. If you make it default sms handler then messages don’t appear on lock screen
    2. App frequently opens with blank screen [EDIT:] – seems this has been an ongoing issue with this app for a year or more

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