Google's new standalone Messenger App now available in the Play Store

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  1. wicked

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    Google has a new standalone messenger app and it's now available in the Play Store!

    Unlike Hangouts this app only does SMS. People have complained about using Hangouts for SMS but there wasn’t any official alternatives from Google until today. This app is a nice simple messaging app that has a clean material design and smooth animations.

    Here is the full feature list.
    • Faster sharing: Select or take pictures and videos directly from the app and share easily. You can even send audio messages to your contacts.
    • Easy search: Search through contacts and conversation threads to find exactly what you are looking for.
    • Purposeful design: New, fluid, material design that is intuitive and delightful.
    • More control: Ability to block SMS senders. No interruptions when you don’t want them!
    • More features: audio messages, emoji support

    Messenger is supported on devices running Android™ 4.1, Jelly Bean, and above.

    Grab it here - Messenger on Google Play
     
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    This is cool! I have been looking for a stand alone messenger app. I can't stand Hangouts, and I didn't really like the third party stuff out there either.
     
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    I wish they would include a pop-up for the messenger. That is the only thing I don't like about the stock sms app. Still have to use a third party pop-up app. I'm currently using Textra for sms/mms.

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    I like Hangouts alright, but I don't really send many Hangouts messages. Most of my conversations in there are SMS/MMS. With that said, since I do occasionally get standard Hangouts messages through the app, I think I'll just stick with it.

    Maybe I'll give it a try, but sometimes I feel like it might just be worth it to go back to the stock messenger app.

    I just need to be able to send texts and occasional pics. Aside from hangouts, I could never really get into third-party texting apps. I tried the big ones, but it just seemed like a waste to me...
     
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    I could never get into hangouts. I used to use Talk quite a bit but seems everyone quit using it.

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    Yeah, what happened there? We had a df mods/rs hangout going on when hangouts first came around, but people seem to have just stopped using it. I have one online contact on G+ that still sends me hangouts messages from time to time and that's how I contact him if I need to get in touch quick, but that's really about it. Haha
     
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    I have been using Textra also and it seems fine, but I like that this is a Google product and fits the new design
     
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    Sooooooo....messenger is now the native messaging app for 5.0?

    also i use hangouts but i have it running my GV number cus GV was just so damn slow and shaky for me...
     
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    I like the look of the new Google messenger. But I only use Hangout. I'm in a Hangout that Tha Phlash started & it seems there's no way to join that or any other Hangout from the new Google messenger app

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    I am liking this so far......I've been a hangouts user since they integrated sms. This has so far been an easy transition

    sent from my sexy Note 4
     
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    G Voice....Hangouts....and now this

    Streamline Google...Streamline!!!
     
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    Part of the big problem for me is that many of them have issues with MMS on Verizon. I've tried several over the years, and none of them handled MMS consistently (with many of them not receiving the messages at all).
     
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