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Android Messages: Google rebrands texting app


Google has rebranded its text messaging app, with the result that Google Messenger will henceforth be known as Android Messages.

The move appears designed to prevent any confusion about how to send texts from an Android phone, with devices also able to send SMS via the Hangouts and Google Voice services.

Initially, the change is in name only, although it’s likely that Google will reveal a series of new features at Mobile World Congress, which gets underway on 26th February.

The listed updates to the app include reference to plans allowing networks to offer more enhanced features, which could bring Android Messages up to speed with Apple’s texting tools.

For years Google has been castigated for allowing its messaging offer to become too dilute in the face of a number of challenges from the likes of Apple’s iMessage, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.

Whether this update goes some way to fixing that problem remains to be seen. It is only a rebrand, after all.

You can download the updated Android Messages from Google Play now, as long as you’re running a handset with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or higher.

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