Install Google's new Lollipop Messenger app now!

Install Google's new Lollipop Messenger app now!

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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Android 5.0 Lollipop provides an all-new application of SMS messaging. / © NextPit
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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.

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The new Messenger app from Google incorporates Material Design but leaves out Hangouts. / © Google

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.

What does the new Messenger app bring?

• Faster sharing: Select or take pictures and videos directly from the app and share easily. You can even send audio messages to your contacts.

• Easy search: Search through contacts and conversation threads to find exactly what you are looking for.

• Purposeful design: New, fluid, material design that is intuitive and delightful.

• 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.

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Sharing files is apparently a lot better with Messenger. / © Google

Install the Android 5.0 Lollipop Messenger

You can install it for free from the Play Store by clicking the install button below.

If you don’t have Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, you can still try to install it with the Google Messenger APK that we had previously made available, however this isn’t guaranteed. This APK is not official, and may contain some bugs.

What do you think of the Android 5.0 Lollipop Messenger?

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  • I'm going to download it and try it out.
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    Deactivated Account Mar 9, 2016 Link to comment

    Messenger works really nice.

  • I'm seriously looking for an SMS app to give me read receipts for my messages... after all, getting to the target phone isn't enough... you want to be sure the intended person has read what you have to say (what if highly important after all?) So far, I'm only finding "Delivery" Confirmation and not "Read" two entirely different kettle of fish... How can this be fixed?

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  • I cant believe i have to look at this orange background on my text messaging. Why!?!?its sucks i cant change the colors and also have to live with a bunch of blank chat heads with no pictures. What happened to the option to not show the contact pictures. I don't feel i should have to add picture to all my contacts just to not hv blank Contact pics next to my messages. -_-

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  • George Nov 18, 2014 Link to comment

    This doesnt use your data allowance does it? You have to pay for sms and mms if you add a picture? Dont see the poinyt if you end up having to pay for mms when you can use other apps

  • George Nov 17, 2014 Link to comment

    This doesnt use your data allowance does it? You have to pay for sms and mms if you add a picture? Dont see the poinyt if you end up having to pay for mms when you can use other apps

  • its nice but problem on dual sim phone

  • Thanks, Angel.

  • Really do like the layout of the app but certain things like locked messages don't hold in here versus the stock messaging app. That and different themes would make this app amazing.

  • Hey can anyone tell me the name of the keyboard app that appears in one of the images above?

  • Dave Nov 13, 2014 Link to comment

    Integration of hangout messages into this app would be cool becouse it look's cool

    • I agree, but I guess Google is now going down a different path. You can still use Hangouts though for both SMS and Hangouts messages.

  • there are lot of bugs every time i compose a new message or send pic it gets crashed

  • Every time I tried to send a picture it would crash... Is there another link you can provide me? I would really love to use this messenger it is beautiful. I'm on a galaxy s4.

  • I had no problem writing a message or sending pics but I noticed that the emoji section was completely blank.

  • Okay...thanks bro @zaid I have got it now....:-) :-)

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    • Hehe thanks for helping out, Zaid! Good man :)

      @Ajit, glad you've got it sorted :)

      • This isnt the place but I cant send messages on your profile nor reply to app question answers- can you allow that function as ive one on whatsapp which I dont think you can answer but would love your input!

      • Hey Dan,

        This is a function that the developers are working on implementing right now. It's quite a new service we are providing, and it's not 100% perfect just yet, but soon you will be able to respond to answers without a problem.

        Thank you for the feedback, I hope your WhatsApp has been answered sufficiently now.

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  • How can you say that it's official Google app. The app mentions "SnapPea" while installing.. Does any one has proof here??

  • Buggy app! I can write a new message, but can’t send a picture (via app) this action force close it. Anyway I love the design and how the app feels. Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to have Lollipop on my Moto G. ^_^

  • i really like new design and separation from hangouts. So far no bugs and problems during use of app.

  • its a bug on my device. I am not able to select sending sms from dual sim phone, sim2 or sim2

  • It has lots of bugs and every time i open it gets forced close please solve this than it would be wonderful to use this messanger

  • It's really buggy. I can't write a new message or send a picture (via in app), both these actions force close the app. But i love the overall design and feel of the app

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