Hangouts run as the stock messaging app on Nexus phones is officially over. We saw a new Messaging app on the Nexus 6 many times, but it was never really mentioned in any official capacity. Today Google has published it in the Play Store for everyone running Android 4.1 and up. It’s about time Google made a decent SMS app.
Unlike Hangouts this app only does SMS. Many people have complained about using Hangouts for SMS, but there wasn’t any official alternatives from Google. This app is a nice simple messaging app without all the bells and whistles. It has a clean Material Design and smooth animations. Here’s a taste of what you get:
- Faster sharing: Select or take pictures and videos directly from the app and share easily. You can even send audio messages to your contacts.
- Easy search: Search through contacts and conversation threads to find exactly what you are looking for.
- Purposeful design: New, fluid, material design that is intuitive and delightful.
- More control: Ability to block SMS senders. No interruptions when you don’t want them!
- More features: audio messages, emoji support
Here’s the Google Play link if you have 4.1 or above. Will you use this app or stick to Hangouts?