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  1. LaTuFu's Avatar
    Yup. That's Samsung App talking to Samsung App.
    Ehhh. Good point. I never stopped to think that messenger and contacts were Samsung apps, I just rolled along assuming they were base Android...

    That's what I get for being on Galaxy devices for 3-4 years and getting used to the scenery.
    11-13-2014 10:29 AM
  2. 5uck3rpunch's Avatar
    I tried it also. Too 'vanilla' for me. I'm sticking with Go SMS.
    11-13-2014 10:44 AM
  3. BaldwiJ7's Avatar
    I dl it yesterday and love it. It's clean and I like how it colors the different people within a group text

    Sent From My Galaxy Note 4
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    11-13-2014 11:18 AM
  4. Gekko's Avatar
    after testing for a little while i believe that Google Messenger is much faster and more efficient than Hangouts for texting. no lags and overall much snappier. especially when used in conjunction with MightyText. probably because it's not bogged down with all of the Hangouts BS and fat. Messenger focuses on one thing and one thing alone - texting - and that's what makes it good. lean and mean. simple and clean.
    11-14-2014 09:51 AM
  5. TaterMay's Avatar
    I just DL'ed Google's latest messenger app, so far Im loving the clean look. The biggest benefit I love is...you can attach multiple pics whereas Hangouts wouldnt allow it. Has anyone else tried it?
    After using it for a couple of days now, it looks like a keeper. Haven't really found anything I don't like about it yet. Saw a couple of people say they preferred Textra and Go SMS. What the hell. Lol. Thanks for turning me on to it. Clean, full of useful features, and simple.

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    11-14-2014 11:33 AM
  6. whtchdr's Avatar
    Love the new Messenger app. Hangouts was pretty laggy and slow on the Note 4 and Messenger is a lot quicker. Looks great too.
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    11-14-2014 11:36 AM
  7. ishore99's Avatar
    Only issue I have is that I also have the Galaxy Gear 2, and I have to use the default Messages or it will not show on the GG2.
    11-14-2014 11:47 AM
  8. boufa's Avatar
    I uninstalled Textra this morning, after playing with Google messenger for a couple days. I agree with most of what is said here. It is very, very fast. The only feature I miss is the repeating notifications when you don't respond to it. I like the idea that if I miss a text message that the device will beep again to remind you every few minutes... Maybe Google will keep developing it.
    11-14-2014 11:59 AM
  9. HOLLYWOODANT215's Avatar
    I uninstalled Textra this morning, after playing with Google messenger for a couple days. I agree with most of what is said here. It is very, very fast. The only feature I miss is the repeating notifications when you don't respond to it. I like the idea that if I miss a text message that the device will beep again to remind you every few minutes... Maybe Google will keep developing it.
    So u saying u liked it more then textra on speed and featured?

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    11-14-2014 01:05 PM
  10. HOLLYWOODANT215's Avatar
    Would be cool if everybody who downloaded Google messenger come text over data so it be like hangouts or I message

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    11-14-2014 01:06 PM
  11. alex346's Avatar
    I tried out Google messenger last night ... its very very similar to what i was already using which was Textra ... so similar I almost though Google just blatantly copied them lol ... I ended up sticking with Textra though as has more options, has more customization with colors and whatnot and it has 2 dark themes which i love!
    11-14-2014 01:33 PM
  12. scribe4food's Avatar
    Using it, and liking it. It's plain, the access to the files, pics, and video recording is nice.

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    11-14-2014 02:15 PM
  13. Oscar Maradiaga's Avatar
    Google messenger works great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    11-14-2014 02:56 PM
  14. LaTuFu's Avatar
    I really like it. Hopefully they will allow more customizing as it is released over time. I would also like the dark theme.

    I am kinda torn between it and Samsung messages though. I like the integration with contacts and dialer better.
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    11-14-2014 04:20 PM
  15. GregMargie's Avatar
    Been using Hangouts for awhile; has been the best for me so far......only thing I don't like as previous poster said.....you cannot send multiple pictures at one time. So if Google messenger allows multiple pics I will definitely give it a try!
    11-14-2014 04:40 PM
  16. raptir's Avatar
    I am kinda torn between it and Samsung messages though. I like the integration with contacts and dialer better.
    Yeah... Google Messenger is prettier, but one of my favorite "gimmicks" of this phone is being able to lift the phone to my ear to call a contact I'm texting.
    11-14-2014 04:48 PM
  17. vr002sh's Avatar
    Hangouts was the first SMS/MMS app that worked for me (I am on wifi a lot and the other 3rd party apps all had issues with MMS and my work wifi), Hangouts always worked, and was very important as our system alerts go out MMS. The only issue I had with Hangouts was unless you were careful you could sent out a Hangouts message as opposed to SMS. This is very noticeable to iphone users, and they would have to download Hangouts to see the message.

    Well Google Messenger works well with MMS for me, and solves the Hangouts issue. Guess it's my new tool of choice
    11-14-2014 06:00 PM
  18. LegalAmerican's Avatar
    I have not yet tried it. I really want to, but if I tell my family and friends to download yet another new messaging app, i'm likely to get bi*** slapped.

    Google can't sit and release new communication apps every two years or so just because they have ADD. Why not update Hangouts with the look of Google Mssenger and rename it "Messenger" instead of just releasing a whole new app? People don't want to download and move all their conversations to new messaging apps constantly. Unless i'm missing something and I can use Messenger to send things to someone on Hangouts. But I doubt that's the case.
    11-14-2014 06:12 PM
  19. GregMargie's Avatar
    I have not yet tried it. I really want to, but if I tell my family and friends to download yet another new messaging app, i'm likely to get bi*** slapped.

    Google can't sit and release new communication apps every two years or so just because they have ADD. Why not update Hangouts with the look of Google Mssenger and rename it "Messenger" instead of just releasing a whole new app? People don't want to download and move all their conversations to new messaging apps constantly. Unless i'm missing something and I can use Messenger to send things to someone on Hangouts. But I doubt that's the case.
    I won't use a messaging app for that reason! As far as what I read, and it appears, it works like a regular SMS app. I d/l today and am using it just fine.
    11-14-2014 07:58 PM
  20. sforsyth01's Avatar
    I have not yet tried it. I really want to, but if I tell my family and friends to download yet another new messaging app, i'm likely to get bi*** slapped.

    Google can't sit and release new communication apps every two years or so just because they have ADD. Why not update Hangouts with the look of Google Mssenger and rename it "Messenger" instead of just releasing a whole new app? People don't want to download and move all their conversations to new messaging apps constantly. Unless i'm missing something and I can use Messenger to send things to someone on Hangouts. But I doubt that's the case.
    Messenger is exclusively for SMS and MMS. You can use it without your family downloading it. You don't all have to be using the same app for SMS and MMS.

    -Shawn
    Noting the World One S-Pen at a Time
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    11-14-2014 08:18 PM
  21. HYNK's Avatar
    I've been jumping around the different material sms apps lately and am loving the new stock messenger so far. I'm probably going to be sticking with it. I stopped using Hangouts a while ago b/c it kept screwing me. There were too many occasions with Hangouts when I meant to sms someone but messaged them in hangouts by mistake. There are plenty of people with iPhones who set up hangouts once upon a time but don't use it at all and will never receive a Hangouts message.
    11-17-2014 12:44 AM
  22. RionDunn's Avatar
    What I don't understand is the s-pen features. When I use smart select feature on my note 4, the receiving end will not get my picture. I've tried this once and just assumed it was a Samsung butting heads with Google. Anyone else have this issue?
    11-17-2014 02:31 AM
  23. boufa's Avatar
    What I don't understand is the s-pen features. When I use smart select feature on my note 4, the receiving end will not get my picture. I've tried this once and just assumed it was a Samsung butting heads with Google. Anyone else have this issue?
    Hmm.... not sure its a purposeful war between google and samsung. Though if it was, google is the one who is not playing nice, since the Note 4 was out before the new messenger was released.

    I tested it via the new messenger, and then tested it via hangouts. no joy on either. I have disabled the stock messenger....WAIT, after 5 minutes, while I am typing this, it DID actually come through on messenger! Thats quite a delay for a 32k message.... of course now the message is there and it won't download the attached image. so maybe you are right. Could be the way that samsung integrated the sharing features of image clip. I have definitely sent clips to someone via skype.....in fact I love doing that, found it an awesome and use it way more than I expected.

    Update again.. after several minutes, it finally did download the photo, and the attached text. So with some delay, image clipping definitely worked on the new messenger (at least for me)
    11-17-2014 07:51 AM
  24. llfloyd79's Avatar
    Yup. I'm loving it. It doesn't super compress pics at all. Its has a very nice clean material look. I never been a big fan of Hangouts.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    11-17-2014 07:59 AM
  25. HOLLYWOODANT215's Avatar
    Yup. I'm loving it. It doesn't super compress pics at all. Its has a very nice clean material look. I never been a big fan of Hangouts.

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    Why not textra?

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    11-17-2014 08:20 AM
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