Update to Google Messenger lets you decide which color represents each of your contacts

Update to Google Messenger lets you decide which color represents each of your contacts
With Google Messenger, the app used to automatically decide which color would be assigned to a particular conversation randomly. But following an update to the app, you have the power to decide if your buttoned-down friend from NYU Business gets a somber shade for his interactions with you. You might even decide to give that girl you met at the Christmas party the other night, a more lively color. Hitting the People and Options button from the overflow menu will allow you to decide which color to assign to each contact.

In addition to giving you the title of "Color God," the update to Google Messenger also brings some Material Design related animations to the app. Users had been complaining that the older animations carried a lag and a delay, when messages would slide across the screen. Nothing like a delay to screw up a real-time text conversation.

According to the changelog, the update now allows users to take pictures and videos directly from the app, and share them easier. Audio messages can now be sent to your contacts. Looking for a particular name, address or word? After the update, you can search through contacts and conversation threads to find what you are looking for. And if you don't feel like getting interuppted by an SMS, you can block those who are wasting your time by sending you messages you don't want to read at the moment. And Google Messenger now has support for emojis and message archiving.

The update has started making its way around, and could already be waiting for you at the Google Play Store. If you've yet to install Google Messenger, simply hit the install button. Otherwise, go directly to My apps and see if the update is all ready to go.

source: GoogleMessenger (Android)



1. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also they removed the stuttery 30 fps animation when opening a sms thread But they replaced it with an older animation instead of a smoother version of the newer one

2. ruwie

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

why there is no yellow in contact color option?

3. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

too bright maybe baby?

4. TattooedMailman

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 31, 2013

Hope they add this option to hangouts. I may be in the minority but I actually like hangouts

5. trustory

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

Waiting on that imessage equivalent

6. FriendlyFoe09

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

Only crap thing about this is that when I directly launch the camera app when composing a text there is no option to take a picture with the flash on. I have to launch my phones camera app and take a picture then attached it in messenger. Pretty annoying since its such a small feature. Unless its there and I missed it in the settings..... Typical of Google though to release something with missing obvious features. I understand its all about progress and apps get better. But cammon its a messaging app its not a new idea nor are they the first to it. They hire the smartest people but they cant get software right. But track and collect our data...

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