Update to Google Messenger will give you a new widget and GIF support

Update to Google Messenger will give you a new widget and GIF support
Google Messenger has received an update. The messaging app allows you to send/receive SMS and MMS messages to/from any phone. You can also send group texts. Videos, pictures and audio can be sent to people on your contacts list. And the app even lets you block others sending you unwanted SMS missives. This allows you to continue working or playing on your phone without getting interrupted.

The update to Google Messenger comes with the proverbial bug fixes and performance enhancements. It also comes with a new widget for the app which allows you to look at your conversations right on the front screen of your device. Think about how convenient that is. The update also brings support for animated GIFs right inside the app.

If you already have Google Messenger installed on your Android device, the update can be found in the Google Play Store under My apps. If you have yet to install Google Messenger, we can tell you that it is a free download from Google Play.

source: GoogleMessenger (Android) via AndroidCentral



1. DeDex

Posts: 121; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I wonder if they solved the issue that allowed the app to bypass Priority mode when receiving a message on the thread you were currently watching, though. This is really an annoying issue.

2. GeekMovement unregistered

I want to use this as my main messaging app, but it takes so long (sometimes doesn't work) to send and receive MMS messages compared to the default messaging app on my Note II... I always end up going back and waiting for another update.

3. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

They didn't go through most of the time for me.

6. GeekMovement unregistered

So unfortunate because I really prefer the UI design of this app compared to Samsung's default messaging app. Course, I'm still on 4.4.2 kitkat, but I think I still might prefer the material design of this app than the 5.0 redesigned Samsung messaging app. Let's hope they fix it soon!

4. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

This new update (version 1.2) brought lag when scrolling so thanks Google !

5. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

WhatsApp killed Sms and Mms..

8. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 605; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Whatsapp is popular but it has in no way kill either one.

9. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Good luck trying to use WhatsApp to send a message to someone who doesn't use it.

11. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 605; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

My point exactly.

7. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

Google Messenger? I thought thats Hangout...

10. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

They should add options for dual sim phones.

12. Knicknevin

Posts: 153; Member since: Mar 18, 2011

I'm still on the fence about the differences between hangouts and messenger....can they just keep to 1 or the other??

13. FerneyZan

Posts: 114; Member since: Jul 21, 2010

I just tried to use it, and it appears that the app's main problem which is not being able to send images or group messages, is still there.. So, there it goes again, a great looking messaging app, that becomes worthless after you try to send something as simple as a group message or send attachments with it.. :'(

14. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

I'm using it on moto x 4.4.4 and I can send pictures and have group chats. I think it depends on the android version you ate running

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