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Messages

Google LLC

4.3 Version Varies with device

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Version
Varies with device
Updated on
2024-05-02
OS ANDROID
Varies with device
Downloads
6056.2M
Released on
2014-11-12
Category
Communication
Developer
Google LLC
License
Free

As the default texting app on most Android devices, Messages by Google provides a simple yet effective way to stay connected with others. This review will explore the various features, interface, and overall functionality of the Messages app.

Standard Messaging Features

Messages offer the essential features you would expect from a text messaging app, including sending and receiving SMS and MMS messages. Users can engage in individual or group conversations, attach photos, videos, or audio files, and use a variety of emojis and stickers to express themselves more creatively.

Rich Communication Services (RCS)

With RCS support, Messages is capable of delivering a more dynamic messaging experience similar to apps like WhatsApp or iMessage. RCS allows users to send and receive high-quality media, see when the other person is typing, and get read receipts, among other features. However, the availability of RCS depends on the carrier and the device in use.

Google Assistant Integration

Messages are integrated with Google Assistant, enabling users to send texts, share their location, or ask questions using voice commands. This feature is particularly useful when your hands are occupied or when you are on the go.

Message Search and Organization

Messages include a search bar that allows users to locate specific conversations or individual messages quickly. Additionally, the app categorizes messages into personal and promotional, helping users to keep their inbox organized.

Dark Mode

For those who prefer a darker interface, especially in low-light conditions, Messages offers a Dark Mode. This feature changes the app's theme to a dark color scheme, providing a visually appealing and eye-friendly alternative to the standard view.

Web Support

A standout feature of Messages is its web support. Users can pair their phone with their computer through a simple QR code scan, allowing them to send and receive messages directly from their computer. This feature is incredibly useful for those who want to manage their messages while working on their PC.

Privacy and Security

Messages has built-in spam protection to help users avoid potentially harmful or annoying messages. While it doesn't currently support end-to-end encryption for SMS or MMS, the RCS conversations are encrypted when both parties are using the Messages app.

In conclusion, Messages offers a solid messaging experience for Android users, with a host of features designed to simplify and enhance communication. Its clean and intuitive interface, coupled with Google Assistant integration and web support, makes it a convenient and versatile choice for text messaging. Despite minor shortcomings in terms of security, Google's commitment to enhancing Messages should keep the app at the forefront of the Android messaging landscape.

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Rating

4.3

468508 reviews

Pros

  • Simple to use and understand.
  • You can synchronize it with other Google devices.
  • Clean interface and design.
  • Easy way to send and receive SMS.

Cons

  • In devices with less resources, it can lag.
  • No filter to spam unless you manually report it.
  • Uses your credit.
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Messages

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