It was well known that Android 5.0 introduces a new SMS app called Messenger which displays your text messages in a neatly packed Material Design UI. The app which was initially believed to be exclusive to Android 5.0 devices has now made it to the Play Store. The Play Store listing mentions that the app is compatible with Android 4.1 and above, so a vast number of devices are compatible.
The app doesn’t replace the stock Messaging app from the smartphone, so you will have two messaging apps running simultaneously. However, you can make Messenger the default SMS app from the Settings to avoid confusion. If you’ve been using Google Hangouts as your default SMS app, you will find Messenger to be a bit of a downgrade as it can only display you text messages.
However, if you don’t want your Hangouts and text messages to mix, the Messenger app is an alternative worth considering. It’s got all the bells and whistles of Google’s new Material Design philosophy, so you can be assured of getting used to it in no time. Download the app from the link below and let us know what you think.
Source: Play Store