Messenger app for Android released by Google

Messenger app for Android released by Google
Right now, in the Google Play Store, a new app has been released by Google called Messenger. With the app, you can send and receive SMS and MMS messages from any phone. And even though the app is the stock Android SMS/MMS controller for Lollipop, it can be employed by most Android models running on 4.1 or higher.

You can take pictures or videos directly from the app, and share them. Ditto with audio messages that can be sent straight to your contacts. When you need to search for something, you can go through your contacts and conversation threads while you look to match your search terms. And if some one is annoying you, the app allows you to block their SMS messages.

Messenger also includes some subtle little touches such as colored text threads, message archiving and emoji support. Of course, the app includes the new Material Design look. And if you're not a big fan of Hangouts, this is the place to go.

Messenger is a free download from the Google Play Store. You can check out some screenshots from the app, embedded below.

source: Messenger (Android) via AndroidPolice, Engadget



1. Donforreal

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Looks really clean

5. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

It surely is. For me, due to the fact that I text a lot, it is a dream come true :-)

15. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

For people wondering about Hangout, This is a STOCK messaging app for Android 5! Hangout is licenced and thus google cant make hangout a stock messaging app. same way as chrome isnt stock browser. So this is basically a stock app which is now in play store so it can be updated regularly. Its not for people who are already using hangout as their daily driver already.

28. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

The strange thing is that I don't remember any other android stock app Google has released on Play Store, most of time when google make a proprietary app they abandon the stock app development, and afaik, every stock app has to be open source.

21. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

If you text a lot, why don't you use FB messenger, WhatsApp for a better texting and sending picture and videos. If this is available for Android OS only, than it is useless if you have many friends using Apple iOS. This make no sense because there is Chat ON and other messenger build from Android phone?

24. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

@aba71983 you're an idiot. :3

30. FluffyBled unregistered


2. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

So if Hangouts does SMS, Why should i use this?

4. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

Because hangouts after getting the material design update( v2.2 and up) it lags like hell and the new messenger app it's much more clean, smooth and better optimized. Maybe hangouts will also get a big update and it will be much better like gtalk was.

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I agree, the last update to Hangouts was crap. The screen doesn't auto scroll up leaving your message hidden behind the keyboard, I've had a couple images not send, though I don't now if Hangouts is to blame, or if that's more the person I'm sending them to at fault... Still, this looks more pleasant to use.

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

From what I've read, the US carriers are to blame They dont want to compete with Hangouts So Google has to make a separate apps for sms Google should have just gave the carriers the middle finger like Apple did with iMessage and used Hangouts as their sms app as well anyway

20. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I agree. Plus, messages are not resent automatically, there's mo obvious method to forward a message or send a group sms or paste a number from your contacts… but I wonder why they simply didn't fix hangout. Or renamed it, or fixed and renamed at the same time. This way, they're just making things more complicated and once more there's not an obvious standard messaging application for android as imessage.

14. Fazz1977

Posts: 153; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Because Hangouts is a bucket of anus.

17. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Because they are just catching up with chop and other third party apps, which provide this functionalites and more.

3. bagou01

Posts: 22; Member since: Nov 20, 2013

Whats the point in having so many apps that to the same?

6. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

I've been using this app for a few weeks (downloaded the leaked apk), I really like it. I wasn't a huge fan of hangouts. It reminds me of the old SMS app Google had.

7. andriodfanboy1

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

i tried it awsum ui but need some tweaks a bit slow when sending sms and also need manu fetures


Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Very clean UI. Much better than Hangouts.

10. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I love Hangouts... but it has its problems... and is a bit ugly after the latest update. I think I'll give this a try...

12. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

this is Awesome. now it's my Default app for messages. This is a great way to fell 5.0 even with 4.4 with my Oneplus one

13. FerneyZan

Posts: 114; Member since: Jul 21, 2010

Very Nice.. A bit different than I expected, but once I got used it, it sure is a great Messaging option.. Its now my default.. I'm liking it. :)

31. FerneyZan

Posts: 114; Member since: Jul 21, 2010

Been using this Messenger app for a couple of days.. Much better than I expected.. Does everything nicely.. and am sure that with some time, it will continue to get better. :)

16. Youraveragejoe

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

But there's already a stock messaging app, how many do we need?

18. trustory

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

If google or samsung were to make an imessage like app, my life would be complete

19. efixLT

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

Messaging app sending only SMS. I can't see another send option (like Hangout). It's' normal (SMS only)?

22. pablobaluba

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 07, 2014

Why so many messaging apps? I'll stick to Hangouts. It's just a waste of time to swtich all the time to a new app.

23. shamashu9

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Oh i thought its a windowsphone messaging app.

25. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Got to love pointless comments, why come here to tell us there are too many messenger apps and you won't be switching...need attention much?!? Strange thing my DNA running Kit Kat 4.4.2 the messenger app does not appear in the Play Store, got to love Verizon and their BS eh? Blasted control freaks, these carriers are ridiculous.

27. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Found it, lack of alphabetical order stuffed the app well below other, considering it's titled Messenger you would think the search would list Messenger first, facepalm.

26. TBomb

Posts: 1560; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Does anyone know if this is like imessage where it can use data instead of SMS? Trying to find a replacement for facebook messages with my abroad friends (I dont have iphone to use imessage)

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