Reviewed in Form+Function
This is Google's answer to a standalone SMS app. Yes, SMS might be struggling on the edge of its demise, but people still text, okay? Either way, this app adequately meets my text requirements, of which there are few. The customisation for individual contact bubble colours is a nice touch too. I'd love a pop-up reply function, though.
Stay in touch with friends and family. Messenger from Google is a communications app that helps you send and receive SMS and MMS messages to any phone. You can also send group texts as well as your favorite pictures, videos and even audio messages to your contacts. Key features:
• 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 😃, stickers, location sharing, colored text threads, message archiving and more.
Messenger is supported on devices running Android™ 4.1, Jelly Bean, and above.