Say goodbye to Messenger: Google's SMS app is now Android Messages
by Kaloyan C. / Feb 24, 2017, 2:20 AM
Messenger is Google's default SMS app, and can be found preinstalled on many devices running stock or near-stock Android, such as the Google Pixel. The name change is not that surprising, really – the other Messenger, that is, Facebook's, is a much more popular app, and it's easy to see why Google would want to differentiate between the two. Still, the sudden change is one of many examples of the company simply deciding something and immediately doing it – another such example would be the renaming of Google Keyboard to Gboard. Admittedly, this is far from a major problem, but it would still be nice to get some warning next time.
Messenger Android Messages, v2.0.770, is now available in the Play Store. The changelog for the update also lists "Simpler sign-up for enhanced features on supported carriers", as well as the classic "Bug fixes and stability improvements".The latest version of
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Other than a name change, there are no changes to the form or function of the app? Especially with the new name I would like to see more customization options ...
posted on Feb 24, 2017, 2:46 AM 0
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They did do an announcement of sorts. There are several OEM'S who have committed to having Android messages as their default messaging app. Such as HTC, LG, Sony and ZTE. They also were talking up RCS messaging to replace SMS/MMS. The Verge did a far better job reporting on this but I can't post the link due to
posted on Feb 24, 2017, 5:13 AM 0
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Google has lost it's focus in the social side. There is too many apps trying to be the same thing. And all of them are half completed and then deprecated.
posted on Feb 24, 2017, 2:46 AM 2
That is one of the downsides of Google's experimental nature. I have no problem with them trying new things to see what works, but they often seem to wander away from projects and get distracted by other things. And you are right, when they spread their services out like that unnecessarily it minimizes the usefulness of each individual app. I don't see a real reason for them to have allo, duo, messenger, and hangouts. Would it have really been that difficult to put everything in one app? Apple, Facebook, and BlackBerry have basically managed that, I genuinely don't understand why it seems to be so hard for Google. That's always annoyed me about android, I want a unified all in one messenger from them much like iMessage is for iOS.
posted on Feb 24, 2017, 3:11 AM 4
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Hangouts is an all in one messaging app and works great. The problem is that Google fumbled the initial introduction of Hangouts and have compounded the problem by introducing different apps that all do what Hangouts already does.
posted on Feb 24, 2017, 9:12 AM 1
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posted on Feb 24, 2017, 3:22 AM 1
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Android Messages sounds like a malware bloated third party SMS app you'd find deep within the play store. Google Messenger was definitely a better name, but oh well...
posted on Feb 24, 2017, 6:25 AM 2
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Next Gmail is going to get a name change to Android Mail
posted on Feb 24, 2017, 7:12 AM 0
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i understand that SMS and internet messaging (whatsapp, line, viber, etc) are different platforms, but otherwise i dont know why - for a company of google stature - they can't have one-internet communication-app for all... i mean skype and now whatsapp are able to do messaging, voice-call, and video call....
posted on Feb 24, 2017, 7:34 AM 2
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