Google Messenger

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  1. Dontazemebro macrumors 68020

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    Another new Google initiative has hit the Play store and this one comes in the form of an sms app. It looks like messenger detaches from hangouts and solely concentrates on sms which is a godsend because imo hangouts is a cluster****.

    After using it briefly, I'm loving it. It's straightforward and to the point. Check it out on the play store

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.messaging&hl=en
     
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  3. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

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    NICE!!!! It's replacing my default SMS asap.

    I also hate Hangouts and hope Google just ditches it.
     
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  5. Dontazemebro thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Ha ha I've also been waiting to ditch the stock SMS app. I hope this is one is a keeper because it looks and functions perfectly.

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    Yep, my wife sent me a couple of pics of our 18 mth old daughter and they all showed up in one MMS.
     
  6. gotluck macrumors 603

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    Simple pleasures :)
     
  7. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

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    I have a feeling they will eventually implement an "iMessage" like feature into this.
     
  8. blairh macrumors 68030

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    Downloaded it immediately. Hate using Hangouts for SMS/MMS.
     
  9. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020

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    The old Google messenger app was a pain as it would always bog down for seemingly no reason and take forever to send messages. It's been ages since they updated it so I'm glad they finally did. Looks and performs great and I was tired of hangouts.
     
  10. soulreaver99 macrumors 68020

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    Wow. They should just dump hangouts and integrate google voice with this too!
     
  11. Tig Bitties macrumors 68030

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    I've been running this app for a few weeks now. It was available everywhere as an .apk to sideload. Came out when the Lollipop updated preview was released on mid October.

    I LOVE this app, simple, clean and it just works. Seems an awful lot like Textra.
     
  12. jamezr macrumors G4

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    Yes..... This one is a keeper
     
  13. Cnasty macrumors 68020

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    Does it have wake/pop up over the lock screen with quick reply ala Handcent?
     
  14. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020

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    Been using it for the last couple hours and it's been great. Lots of nice little touches
     
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    Are you able to send and receive gifs from iPhone users? That seemed to be a problem earlier.
     
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    Isnt it the same as in other people have to have this on their phone? Another burden if so unless one day Hangouts is gone and this replaces it and it sets up automatically.
    Hangouts is fine EXCEPT...when i het a MMS, sometimes it shows up as a download i need to click a button to do it and it never works right away....and of course you can only send one.
     
  17. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Now if we can just get a replacement dialler/contacts app that fully replaces our existing (and throw in clock officially too) - with the aid of Google now launcher and all these stock apps we could turn almost any device into a stock Google experience.
     
  18. Oohara macrumors 68020

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    Is there any way to replace those f u g l y emoticons?
     
  19. kevinof macrumors 6502a

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    I hear you. that's all that's left (apart from "settings" but we could live with that) to have an all native experience on any android device. I can see it happening some time but I just wish they would hurry up.

     
  20. Tinmania macrumors 68040

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    I thought it looked nice but the lack of configuration was too much of a negative for me to use it as my text app.



    Michael
     
  21. RandomKamikaze macrumors 6502a

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    What configuration do you need from a text app?
     
  22. Dontazemebro thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I can see text resizing and color options maybe but not much really. The fact that it's lite and does the job is why I like it
     
  23. Tinmania macrumors 68040

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    Are you serious? Even the stock text app on my Note 4 has a heck of a lot more flexibility. Heck, just the notifications page within settings on the default Note 4 text app has more configuration options than this app has in its entirety. On just that one screen these are settings not on the google app:

    Repeat message alert (never, every 2 minutes, every 10 minutes)
    Pop-up display
    Lock screen
    Status bar (previews of message in status bar on/off)

    There are more not on that one screen. And the note 4's messaging app's settings are anemic compared to Handcent and others.



    Mike
     
  24. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    looks a lot better than hangouts. It can get pretty messy with SMS merged for people who actually use google chat.
     
  25. RandomKamikaze macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, being serious. I don't have those requirements as I work differently.

    All I need is the below basically. A simple app that I can use to text other people. Maybe with Lollipop and the lockscreen notifications it will be a bit better, but I get by just fine with this new app in it's current form.

     

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