If you’re not a fan of using Hangouts on stock Android to send and receive an SMS then don’t worry, with the arrival of Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google has included a new messaging application for SMS & MMS bearing the features of Material Design. And best of all – you can download it today! Messenger is now available for install from the Google Play Store.
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It’s almost a year since the release of Android 4.4 KitKat, where the Google Hangouts app was developed from a simple web mail service to become an integrated SMS app. Installed by default on the Nexus range, this application had to be used to send and receive your SMS messages, much to the disdain of some users.
However, Google seems to regret this choice: the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9 will be arriving with Android 5.0 Lollipop and the brand new SMS application in tow, bearing the name “Messenger”. (Reminiscent of a certain social network’s similar messaging application…). The app is now available for all devices with Android versions 4.1 Jelly Bean and above.