If group messaging(mms) is important you DO NOT want a Moto X

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    My son recently switched from an iPhone to a Moto X.He immediately discovered Group messaging was not working. Messages would come up in different windows. Checking on the Motorola Moto X forum I discovered this is a very common issue. I spent and hour on the phone with Verizon, although helpful no fix. He then called and connected me to Motorola. The Motorola lady told me , yes there is an issue with the Android OS, started with Jellybean and she was not aware of any fix coming. There are several threads on Motorola's Moto X forum.
    My last 4 cellphones have been Motorola, and I recommended my son switch from his iPhone to the Moto X. I have a Droid Ultra and my wife an iPhone and neither of us have this problem.
    I have tried a third party app, Textra, no help
    Phone is being returned to Verizon
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    Does it work with sms enabled Google Hangouts?
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    It works using hangouts and go sms.
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    Group messaging

    It may but he wants nothing to do with social media stuff like Google + and associated hangouts. He would like to have the native messenger app work like it does in most phones. I did try Textra with no luck. I have not tried go sms.
    What I am most pissed about is Motorola total silence, except the Motorola rep I talked to through Verizon who said yes it's broke and thats that.
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    I am extremely social networking adverse (I HATE IT) and hangouts works fine for me as just an SMS client, and it fixed group messaging.
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    Ya hangouts can just be used for SMS/MMS without being tangled with Google+
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    Textra seems to work fine for me. I don't really use group messages but have a few friends on iPhones that use them all the time and it used to drive me nuts. Switched over to Textra and it now seems to work as it should.
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    -I think they are going to make Hangouts the default messenger app going forward.

    -Hangouts can be used as a standalone SMS app.

    -The Google+ functionality is not required.
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    When using Hangouts, why would I want to sign in to my Gmail account;

    Sent from my Droid Razr Maxx HD using Tapatalk.
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    I'm not sure I understand what the issue is here. I have sent lots of group text messages and haven't had a single issue...
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    I finally found the MMS Group Chat setting in Go SMS and now group messaging is working fine. I does also work in Hangouts.
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    The issue is that replies from some recipients (not all) get put into that person's individual text thread, rather than in the group thread. It makes it almost impossible to follow a group conversation.
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    I think the issue the OP has is he is of the belief that the regular text app should work as expected, and it appears that no workaround will be good enough. Not sure you'll ever be satisfied with a piece of technology with that approach since every piece of technology requires a workaround some where to do things you want to do.
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    Okay I get it. I actually prefer it that way.

    However, I have had it work both ways in different situations...sometimes they'll only respond back to me. Other times, they'll respond back to the whole group.
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    Yes, it seems to be very inconsistent. Depending on what phone starts the group text (iPhone, Galaxy S3 or S4,etc) the responses may come one way. And depending on what other phones are in the group seems to vary how the responses come in.

    Here's a scenario that shows why this can be a challenge: you send a text to a group about meeting arrangements. The responses come back in each individual's thread. The next day you go back to recap the responses, but only 1, or maybe none, of the responses are in your original thread. You have to go hunting in each individual's thread to find them.

    And a week from now, you're reading through a text conversation you had with somebody, and intermittently in the thread are totally random texts that make no sense. That's because they are actually answers to some group text, but there is no way to tell what the original text was that they were responding to.

    BTW, I've now enabled "hang outs" as my default text client. Seems to have solved the problem.
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    Had Hangouts on my RAZRM. Hated the name so I never enabled it ....lol. Figured it was more bull crap. Looks like if I get the MotoX I might have to use it.
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    Yep, it handles group texts on the Moto X just fine! And, as was mentioned previously in this thread, there are indications that Google may make Hangouts the default Android SMS client at some point.
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    Got the phone today. Group messaging worked fine with native txt.
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