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