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A fast and cleanly designed messaging app
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 14 Nov 2014, tested on HTC One M8
Clean material design
Might be too simple to replace other messaging apps
Messenger for Android is, wait for it, a messaging app! Who would have guessed, right? And in reality, it’s not really that much more than just a design revamp of what a stock messenger app should look like.
First thing’s first - don’t confuse this as a replacement app for Hangouts… or Voice for that matter. Hangouts is a licensed product made by Google whereas Messenger was created to simply replace the stock SMS app that is on any Android phone. And Voice is, well, slowly being eaten by Hangouts.
This is just a very simple messaging app that handles all of your SMS and MMS business across any Android device, but it’s Google’s vision of what it should look like. You know, with Material Design.
If you’re already a user of Hangouts then this isn’t really going to replace anything for you, and a large majority of Android users have other messaging apps that they prefer, too.
The same swipe functionality exists, just like in Hangouts. Swiping a thread of messages either way will archive the message. You can search through your messages at the top, look through your archived messages, and start new messages by simply clicking on the + circle in the bottom right corner. Pressing the new message button will bring up a list of frequent contacts and swiping over will bring up your full contact book. Pretty simple.
Messenger is a great app, and it’s brilliantly simple. I have actually switched over to using it over Hangouts simply because I don’t use Hangouts for the chat features, just SMS. For most people it will simply come down to preference and functionality, though.