Google Messenger

Google’s Messenger SMS/MMS app has been pretty well received since its debut last year (including finding a home on my own phone), and this week it received a small update to 1.2.036 that fixed some bugs and added a couple of notable features.

Firstly, you can now send and receive animated GIFs. This feature shouldn’t be overlooked for the next time you need to share a funny cat GIF from 9Gag with a friend who’s just not on any other chat medium that already supports it.

Okay, so that’s maybe a little unfair. It might be playing catch-up, but it’s still nice to see the feature added to Google’s own app. Hangouts has had great support for animated GIFs for a while now.

The other change is the addition of a homescreen widget that shows your conversations. While it’s interesting that it took this long to add the widget, it’s still nice to be able to see your conversations without opening the app. The widget scales nicely on launchers where users might have configured them for nonstandard layout grids, too (I use Action Launcher, and the widget displays nicely there).

Do you use Google’s Messenger app for your SMS/MMS conversations? Why / why not? Tell us in the comments!

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    Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!
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    Any lockscreen previews yet??


    Any lockscreen preview yet?? I know theres the lockscreen widget but it’s not the same..


    This has been my default messaging app ever since it came out and it just keeps getting better đŸ™‚ Love the material design, round icons matching the rest of my UI and colorful customization.. Infact I’m a big fan of all Google apps..


    I prefer HTC and Sony’s stock messaging apps. I’ve never liked this one.

    Marné Prinsloo

    I like my hangouts and sms together. Hangouts for the win.