I was recently talking about Inbox by Gmail, an alternative email manager for Gmail, designed by Google itself, and I was commenting on how particularly strange it was for me that Google was releasing similar services or that they seemed to compete with each other.
Today I am testing another of those services that at first glance seems to be one more redundancy, and it is Messenger, the new application developed by Google to manage text and multimedia messages, which now comes to compete with the classic or traditional Android application for text messaging, and also with the integration that Hangouts has with text messaging.
It seems that Google is retiring the old text message manager in Lollipop, which is normal (although it would have been better to update the old one), however this week Messenger has been made available to all devices on Google Play that have Android Jelly Bean or higher, which could leave many with at least 3 apps scrambling to do the same.
Why not just update the traditional text message manager? The truth may be in technical matters related to the fact that it is a system APK or that many people simply did not want to integrate Hangouts with text messaging and still wanted a better application to manage their text messages than the native one … honestly in I don’t know right now. So, if you want to give your text messages a new look with the best Material Design style of Android Lollipop, you can now download Messenger.
What’s new in Messenger?
Well, the truth is not much, apart from its Material Design design, Messenger comes with a function for multimedia messages, which allows you to send photos directly from the application, or short audio clips, as well as the possibility of sending phone contacts.
It is not that text messages are no longer used in these parts, but the truth is a service that has fallen into decline due not only to the high costs of sending many text messages to your account at the end of the month (to unless you have them for free with your operator), but also that online text messaging programs have almost relegated them to extinction.
What do you think of Messenger? Is it a worthy replacement for your native text messaging manager?