Android Messages gets renamed following rumors about Android brand phase out

Android Messages gets renamed following rumors about Android brand phase out
After initially launching as “Messenger,” a name that could easily be confused with Facebook Messenger, Google renamed the default SMS app on its mobile OS to “Android Messages” almost two years ago. From the looks of things, though, the internet giant wasn’t too keen on this name either and has now dropped the Android branding entirely.

While this change is technically only valid for its listing on the Play Store, the SMS app was already displayed as “Messages” in the app drawer on Android smartphones. So, for most people, the update will go unnoticed.

Rather interestingly, this branding modification comes shortly after new reports emerged claiming Google will eventually scrap the Android name entirely. Allegedly, the Android brand has proved rather ineffective when it comes to promoting consumer hardware and services in recent years, which is why the company is hoping to phase it out in the near future. But at the moment, the internet giant is said to be facing objection from some Google officials who are emotionally attached to the name.

The branding change for the default SMS app could either be a pure coincidence or the beginning of the end for the Android name. Ultimately, though, the popular operating system is set to be replaced by Google’s Fuchsia OS within the next few years, so sooner or later Android will no longer be a thing.

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20 Comments

1. baldilocks

Posts: 1505; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

I don't see Android getting phased out any time soon.

5. applesnapple93

Posts: 304; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

Taking a page out of CNN playbook PA? " Ultimately, though, the popular operating system is set to be replaced by Google’s Fuchsia OS within the next few years, so sooner or later Android will no longer be a thing." from Fuchsia OS linked article: "UPDATE: In a comment for CNET, Google stated that Fuchsia is "one of many experimental open-source projects," developed at the company. There was no comment on the possibility of the new OS replacing Android."

15. joshuaswingle

Posts: 591; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Just because there was no comment about it replacing Android doesn't mean it's not going to happen. It would be like asking Apple about iPhone leaks. Zero chance they are going to admit to them but they're still coming. Google was good enough to at least confirm they are working on Fuchsia. The recently-announced Google Home Hub is a known Fuchsia test device.

16. applesnapple93

Posts: 304; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

Yes but they are spreading rumor and personal hypothesis as fact.

2. Elvis358

Posts: 227; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Wll I see no reason for Android to end! And WTF Fuchsia OS I can't even pronounce it correctly and probably lot of foreign people too. It sounds dumb. Android is simpler!

3. BL4NKF4CE

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 06, 2017

You can't pronounce Fuchsia? It's a colour, and pronounced "few-sha".. pretty easy.

7. Elvis358

Posts: 227; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Well I guess I over looked didn't read it correctly :D Still Android sounds better!

11. yalokiy

Posts: 997; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

I thought it's foock-see-ya

14. Elvis358

Posts: 227; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

It looks like it is complicated after all for some people!

19. yalokiy

Posts: 997; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

and I was thinking wrong.

4. applesnapple93

Posts: 304; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

call it what you want. App is still crap.

6. ZombieHunter

Posts: 265; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Android/Fuchsia an operating system. Messages is an app, and it is quite clean and easy to use.

8. baldilocks

Posts: 1505; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

The app is actually very nice. Stop trolling.

10. applesnapple93

Posts: 304; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

Not trolling. I have a Pixel 2. App is slow and clunky especially compared to textra. If I am heavily texting, texts will hang and not send. Group messages will sometimes never download and when i try to will say message unavailable. Group messages will come in out of order

12. yalokiy

Posts: 997; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

And it lacks any encryption.

9. Marslander

Posts: 160; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

If it means in the future we will have an OS with greater stability, security and adaptability, then count me all in. Imagine a world with no more staggered release dates. When Google releases Fuchsia 3.0, then people with their Samsung Note 20s, will get it the same day as people with their ZTE Max XL 30s. It will be glorious.

13. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

They dropped the "Android" name on messages because Messages is no longer just on Andorid. It's now available on the web and soon to be ChromeOS.

17. gd761

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

As long as it's as user friendly as Android is right now and Not like IOS where you can't install Apps from other places like like the iPhone can't unless it's Jailbroken which is then undone with the next update and then you have to wait for the next update for a New Jailbreak to use the Apps you want. This is why I used to use Windows Phone and Now Android.

18. cocoy

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

Why call it Fuchsia? Is there anything muscular name for it? Or something nuetral? No offense to the ladies out here, for me it sounds weird. There are plenty of words that sound good. Are they running out of vocabulary?

20. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

U can't get a cooler name than Android! Fuchsia sounds gay & is an ugly colour.

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