It's so strange to me that google hasn't figured out a solid alternative to the other messaging systems I'm comparing to. BBM is old now, so I know it's kind of out of the picture, but iMessage really seemed to take a lot of blackberry users away since there was now an integrated messaging system for ios. Why isn't there a messaging app or system set up for android? This is probably the one thing that constantly keeps me going back to iPhones. Being able to send decent quality pictures and videos seamlessly with other users of the same platform, and have read receipts is mostly what I'm quantifying as essential aspects of the messaging that I would like to see on android. Also, having a good video chat app would be nice. Hangouts is getting pretty good, but in the area I live, and the people I know and talk to the most, all have iPhones and very few of them use google services and wouldn't want to sign in and have the annoyance of signing in and opening the app to make and receive video chat calls. FaceTime is really good at making it easy, and most of all for me, it doesn't have to be "on" or a special app open to see the call come in.