Google’s Messenger app which was announced by the company last month, is now available on Play Store, to send and receive SMS and MMS messages to any phone. It allows the users to send group texts as well as videos, pictures and audios messages to their contacts. The newly launched app does come pre-installed on Android Lollipop alongside hangouts, but now it also running on Android 4.1, Jelly Bean and higher.
As per an Android Authority report, Google Messenger debuted with the Nexus 9 and the Nexus 6, replacing Hangouts in the lineup of apps shown by default on the homescreen.
Here are some key features of the app listed on PlayStore:
• Faster sharing: Select or take pictures and videos directly from the app and share easily. You can even send audio messages to your contacts.
• More control: Ability to block SMS senders. No interruptions when you don’t want them!
• More features: audio messages, emoji support, colored text threads, message archiving and more.
“Messenger and Hangouts offer users choice, each have their own benefits. Hangouts work great for cross platform (web, iOS, Android) and cross medium communications (video, voice,messaging, SMS). Messenger will be specially designed to be a quick and easy way to send and receive SMS and MMS messages on Android; more to come (Nexus 6 will come with both apps).”
This new app might make telcos happy, as they have always been complaining about how the messaging apps have been eating up their revenue share generated by SMS and MMS services.