Google has released a new Messenger app via its Play Store. The app, which comes as standard as part of the company’s new Android Lollipop software, is available for devices running Android 4.1 or higher.
While the app itself is essentially a cleaned up SMS offering, utilising Google’s new Material Design language, its release does raise questions about the Big G’s all–in–one messaging tool, Hangouts.
Hangouts became the default tool for sending texts in Android KitKat, merging instant messenger tools with standard SMS and MMS functionality.
However, it seems the app’s clunky design and general sluggishness have forced Google to think again about a standalone messaging app. Hangouts is still a part of Android, but it may well wind up being an app that users keep buried deep in a folder rather than having sat in their dock.
Android Lollipop, Google’s latest update to its OS, begins its rollout today to select Nexus devices.
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