When the Google Messenger app arrived, it caused some confusion, because Hangouts was introduced as their premium option for messaging and now Hangouts supports SMS as well. However, Google Messenger is just an SMS app, it doesn’t handle Hangouts or anything else, just SMS text messages. It’s a decent application for those that still use SMS, for all their friends and family (like myself) and it recently got updated with some bug fixes and some nifty new additions as well. The update seems to be taking its sweet time to reach everyone, which is kind of annoying.
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The major change is of course the ability to change which color is attached to which conversation. As per the Material Design theme at work with Messenger, it attached colorful pastels to each of your conversations. Until now though, these have been assigned by Messenger at random, now though, you can choose whichever color you’d like. You can do that by heading on over to the “People & Options” selection in the overflow menu and tapping the little palette icon next to your contact’s name. It’s a simple change, but brings some customization our way and I quite like the new addition.
Many of you might not have used Messenger before, and that’s understandable considering Hangouts does pretty much everything you could want it to, however it is worth trying out. Of course, it’s only useful if you still use SMS with friends and family. I do, and as such I’ve only just stumbled across Messenger. In my opinion, this is how Hangouts should adopt Material Design, Google’s SMS app is now fresh, speedy and the Android Wear side of things works just as well as Hangouts does. You can take a look at the new features in the screenshots below and if you haven’t given Messenger a try before, you can go ahead and install it from the Play Store here.