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I've used Textra before and if I remember correctly, you could customize the colors on it.
I'm currently using the stock messenger app on my Pixel. I believe you can download it here.
This is completely separate from Samsung. This uses the Android Messages app, not the default one that came with your phone, so you'll have to download that one and set it as your default (make sure you're on the latest version if you already have it installed, should be 3.3.044). You'll find the option under the three dot menu in the top right corner when you're on the main screen that lists all your conversations.
The default messaging app isn't the same for all Android devices. So to clarify for the OP:
Android Messages : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.messaging
If there's going to an iMessage for Android finally, it is going to be Android Messages (the SMS app, previously Google Messenger). It already supports RCS but your carrier needs to support RCS too, since RCS doesn't use mobile data - it uses the actual mobile networks. It is like the next-generation SMS.
Coincidentally, Apple has not yet indicated any support for RCS.
I'm partial to Android Messenger. It used to be called Google messenger or something like that, but it's clean and simple IMO.
Just to echo what some others have said, getting an old Samsung phone to experience Android isn't really a great option. Samsung heavily skins over stock Android to make it "their own". Other companies like Google's own Nexus devices, Motorola, Sony, and Blu tend to stick much closer to stock Android, and the experience is much cleaner, simpler, faster, and less buggy.
I would recommend getting rid WidgetLocker -- it's always been a hack, and it will continue to be. For security reasons, Google doesn't actually allow apps to replace the lock screen.
For playing music, try Google's own music app. You can put the files on your phone, or upload them into Google's cloud (recommended) and the app integrates very nicely, adding music controls to the lock screen, notifications, etc.
Also, grab Google's Messenger app for SMS. Samsung's version is quite buggy.
So on the 3 dots you have on the upper hand corner of the pic you posted, click on it and click edit or it may say people and options. Then on the bottom of the page it has a little paint coater thingy maggigy that painters use... The pallet! I forgot the name of it lol. Anyways that's how you change it on mine and I use Google's messenger app cause its more flat and prettier for me.
Anyways here is a little album
That is the AOSP messaging app. I guess some manufacturers (Motorola?) still ship it but otherwise Google has switched to their own messenger app:
Have you tried the Google [Android] app, Messenger?
I find it to be oodles better than Hangouts and I get my Google Voice messages via the call history log (which adds system notifications upon new voicemails). Plus, it works (usually) with Moto Assist/hands-free SMS receiving and sending.
It's the stock Google messenger app for Android.
Edit: I'm getting downvoted for telling the guy what service it is? See for yourself:
Google Messenger is FAR better then Hangouts for simple SMS and MMS texting. Unless you really need the Google voice integration in Hangouts, I'd recommend it. Great material design, really fast/smooth, nice color customization, and simple.
"Text anyone in your phone"
If only there was some way to do that already
Posting anything made by shitbook to this sub is almost like cheating. It's like posting pictures of Ajit Pai to /r/hittableFaces
3.5. iMessage really has no good alternative on Android, yeah. Be angry at Apple for not making it cross-platform.
It's probably "Google Messages"
In any case I would recommend Textra. There is a free version with ads but the pro version only costs a dollar or two. I have been using Textra for 6-7(?) years and it has been very reliable.
Use Messenger by Google as your default SMS app instead of the LG one. After installing it, open a conversation, go to the menu (three dots on top-right) -> People & options -> Sound and you can set a custom sound here.
This is because the app you're using to send the pictures isn't resizing the images - MMS has a fixed size limit. When you take a screenshot of a picture you're basically reducing the resolution of the picture, thus keeping it small enough for MMS. I'd recommend trying out a different SMS/MMS app, such as Google Messenger or Textra.
The latest version of messenger by Google has an interactive notification that brings up a pop-up for you to reply in. link
That depends on the messaging app. You could install the Google Messenger if you don't want to see them anymore, but what the person on the other end receives also depends on their messaging app
As a recommendation to stop this from happening, maybe try Android Messages. It's a texting app made by Google where every contact has a random color associated with it. That color is shown in the title bar and is the color of received texts, so you can easily distinguish contacts by their color.
I started using Google's Android Messages after having the same problem with Pulse and Textra.
I was using MightyText and noticed that on Pulse certain messages didn't show up and there would be massive blocks of texts from them but no replies that they definitely received when I sent it on MightyText.
Android Messages doesn't have a whole lot of customization to the point of not even having an option to name a group text (which I am very annoyed about)
However, it works for me and is better than stock Messages app that came with my phone
What I don't get about Allo is this.
My Samsung comes with the Samsung sms app which I replaced with the actually great Google Messenger.
So there is Google Messenger (SMS) and there is Hangout (SMS & VIDEO). Why the need for Duo and Allo then?
Good question. I'm not sure. I know most OEMs that use their own skin(Samsung, HTC) have their own stock app they cook up.
Motorola on non nexus phones is the only one I know of to use the stock "messenger" app.
LG has a skin so I would assume it's their own but don't qoute me.
The stock Android app is linked here
I believe that /u/bad_buoys is correct. As long as you have the updated version of Android Messages installed, you're already capable of RCS from a device level. I think it would all depend on the carrier to support it.
Well, Messenger added a new quick reply feature recently. It isn't implemented as well as other "quick reply" features, though.
There is also QKSMS that has a better quick reply feature.
> Replace Hangouts, Gmail Chat, (Badly Named) Duo & Allo and Combined them in to ONE thing
Don't forget Android Messages
I just use the regular google sms messenger. I got tired of all the 3rd party apps updating and having it flash some changelog every few days or some rad new feature. I just want to text..
Yes. The Google messenger app ([link]) is set to default on here.
As with any android phone, you can always switch to hangout (it sounds like you don't) or just download a different messaging app from Google Play.
I'm not the person you were replying to, but I like these:
I'm unsure about doing it in the default app. I'd expect not. Wonderful thing about android though is you have alternatives. I use Android Messaging by Google, which is default on Pixel and Nexus devices. [link]
> It seems textra appears ot be the text app of choice based on searches in this sub and /r/projectfi, is this a fair assumption?
A lot of people use Google's messenger.
Do yourself a favor and download Android Messages. The Samsung messenger is so clunky and the design is so ugly lol.
are you sure it's not the sender's issue?
maybe try Google's Android Messages app? overall i find it behaves much better than the stock app (is that even the stock app? it looks odd.)
The permission is only to send SMS messages. A separate permission is required to read messages (see Google Messages for comparison).
The major concern here is that the app will send messages to premium SMS services, some of which charge shocking amounts per message. The app may not do this now, but could do so in a future update.
I'd only recommend running this app on a device without SMS ability, or on a version of Android where the permission can be disabled.
Sometimes the native apps are shitty for whatever reason. Messenger or textra are both free and are very good quality apps.
Just use a client that supports it (like Messages). You can check it's enabled under Settings -> Advanced -> Enhanced Features
I don't have an S8, but it sounds like he needs to check his messaging app settings. He could also try a different messaging app. I personally use Google's stock Android Messages app. I've also enjoyed using Textra in the past.
The thing that absolutely kills Hangouts for me is the inability to search. Sure, you can search your Hangouts conversations from inside Gmail, but you can't do the same for SMS.
I sometimes use SMS for work functions and I'll have to look back to a specific piece of information that a coworker sent me, and I'll have no way of quickly jumping to that other than scrolling up until I find it. I had to switch to Messenger.
It's such a basic function and it's ironic that Google, of all companies, left this out of the app.
I don't think the Samsung messaging app is compatible with Republic. The only compatible messaging apps are Anywhere, and Google's messaging app Android Messages which you could also try.
Deregister your number at apple's site if you haven't already:
As for apps, personally I've never used the stock app and only use Google's Messenger app, haven't had any issues so far.
Oxygen messaging app doesn't support MMS group messaging. Download Android Messaging. Light weight, simple UI, supports the MMS group messaging that you're looking for.
Did you de-register your iMessage account before you switched?
Might be why your having problems with texts. If not, try using this as your default sms application: [link]
Sucks to hear your having problems, the Moto line is known for being fairly stable and lightweight. Lollipop also won't be far round the corner for your device; if you've still got faith by the time that happens, it might be worth just factory resetting if problems continue or just return it if you can.
I don't know what the SMS app in iOS looks like (I have never used it), but I normally recommend Google Messenger for anyone looking for a simple/clean SMS app.
In the most recent update, the changelog states:
Unread messages indicator on your Messenger’s home screen icon (some Android phones only): [link]
That's not what that is?
Yup, you can send/receive SMS over wifi. The nexus devices default to using google hangouts for SMS. If that's not your style I suggest using Messager app:
Another bonus is that Fi will autoconnect you to 'trusted' wireless networks and sets up a private VPN. More info here:
I think the int'l roaming is super-useful. I'm tired of managing roaming costs whenever I go to Canada. I assume it uses tmobile's network.
To be fair, t-mo also lets you do wifi text/calling and has great roaming.
Are you using the android default messaging app? Or the verizon one?
Download messager from the Google play store. It's the one made by google. Set as default and try it out.
Yes, but my Z5 auto-filled At&t's settings. Try disabling the built-in messenger and grabbing Google's Messenger from the Play store.
I use Google's Messenger app. Integrates really well and you can custom color your contacts too. I also think it works great for group messaging.
FYI - They are talking about Google's Messenger and not Hangouts
Messenger - [link]
Hangouts - [link]
Have you tried using a different SMS app?
Try downloading Google Messenger and make it your default texting app, and see if the problem continues. If it stops, then it's probably your regular texting app messing up. If it keeps happening, it's probably a carrier issue.
No, Google has a sms app also named Messenger.
Link for the lazy, I love this messenging app
RCS with Rogers is only supported via Android Messages. Download it here: [link]
Here is some good information on RCS and Rogers: [link]
She probably just needs to update her Google Messenger app.
You probably updated to Messenger v2 through the Play Store (or have automatic updates enabled) while she is probably still on v1.9 or earlier.
P.S.: Too much probabilities in my comment. :D
I don't understand why it doesn't look like the new Messenger app in Lollipop. Why are there two totally different apps that do the same thing anyway?! Get rid of Hangouts and put the functionality in the far superior Messenger app.
I am talking about this: [link]
Sad to say, but that's a never-ending concern, primarily due to Apple and Google.
What I mean is, best you can do, to avoid having others download another app, is to have yourself use an app that defaults back to SMS/MMS like iMessages itself.
An app like this would be Android Messages or the stock Messaging app.
But, yep... it'll default to SMS/MMS due to the other user not supporting RCS. Since iMessage uses a different solution, it'll never support it... thus sending between iMessage and an RCS client will always default to SMS/MMS.
So... there's really nothing you can do, cause current MMS sucks since it's still stuck in the stone ages.
So, what I'm saying is... it's a never-ending concern because you're trying to find a solution that will never happen. Your iMessage friends will only be receiving regular SMS/MMS no matter what solution you find, because of how iMessage was designed.
So, you being considerate for them is actually crippling your chatting experience with them. Go see if they have any other chatting apps they use or convince them to use one that you find.
A cross-platform chatting app is what you guys need, not something that's only restricted to a specific subset of devices.
I should also add that... for my iPhone friends, all of them actually have a separate app they use to chat with me. Whether its Whatsapp, WeChat, Facebook Messenger, Line, Hangouts, Skype, or Signal... they actually didn't mind. A few of them only has me as a contact for those apps, but no problems there.
Ask yourself that. If your friend asks you to download an additional app to chat with him, would you be willing?
In a way, I say that if your friend is upset or refuses to download an additional app to chat better with you... he probably doesn't value you too highly as a friend.
I don't have much experience with Samsung's software, but some SMS/MMS apps work better than others for group messages. So far, Google's Messenger app ( LINK ) has worked best for me. I have heard some people have issues even after turning off iMessage on their iPhone.
Can someone suggest a messaging (SMS/MMS) app that won't compress photos I send via MMS to tiny thumbnail sized photos? Both Messenger, Hangouts and the plain messages app (not entirely sure what its name is) seem to suffer from this flaw. Any picture I try to send is reduced to ~VGA size before sending.
I'd prefer to use Messenger, so if there's an app with a similar interface, but non-broken MMS functionality, that'd be swell.
I recently received a company phone - Samsung Galaxy S7 with Oreo.
I need to be able to receive text messages from an email address, and from certain contacts, and always(1) be notified audibly.
(1)Well, with the ability to disable the audible tone if I'm in the movies or Church or something similar where audible = bad.
However, the phone number I was assigned gets an inordinate amount of spam texts all throughout the day, and while I block them/report as spam, they still flow.
So I installed Android Messages (2) which allows setting of contacts as priority (High/Urgent) but due to having a PIN on the lockscreen (company enforced) I'm not receiving any audible notifications - and in many cases, not even any inaudible ones (vibrate).
Even with Do Not Disturb exception active for the respective contacts.
(2)This was the only app that the company-restricted app list allowed me to try out. It's better than the stock Messages app, but only just, and it still doesn't do all of what I need.
Is there an app or different messaging app that would allow me to ensure to receive an audible tone/selected ring/notification tone, through the PIN lock, either at all times of day, or within configured time spans?
My wife, samsung S7, and I, LGV30, both use Android Messages as our sms app. We both had similar issues with "stock" apps but it has been smooth sailing since we switched.
EDIT: Switched to gboard as well.
Actually, I just received a 2-factor authentication code via SMS in Hangouts. It came in via an unknown contact with the grey SMS tag. Yesterday, a Facebook 2FA verification came in with the blue SMS tag. I'm not sure what the difference is.
I don't have Android Messages installed, so Hangouts is my default SMS App.
I did get the annoying notification earlier today.
This SMS app. It didn't come from the factory on my Moto X Pure Edition, although the official renders of the Moto E make it seem like it might replace the AOSP messaging app on that phone.
It depends on your phone, if you have a Pixel phone for example then it will be the default messages app, you can download it from here if you don't have it already.
Android Messages. It's much nicer anyway. I don't understand the fixation people have with Hangouts needing to send and receive SMS messages.
Estava olhando aqui no Android e ao que parece o aplicativo de mensagens do Google funciona do mesmo modo como o iMessage (fui escrever um SMS e ele deu a opção de grupos e multimídia).
Thank you for your post!
Your SMS app is Android Messages by Google? Or another app? Downloadable on the Playstore?
I'll see all your stuff about watch faces, I don't know which app to choose yet, but I think I gonna give another chance to WatchMaker!
Not the Google Hangouts App. I'm aware that there's a Hangouts app and I would not like to use that app.
This is the Messenger.
What's wrong with Textra? I've used both Textra and Google Messenger, but Textra kind of suits me better. I really love the swipe gestures.
If ads are what bothers you, there's 2 options: either upgrade to Pro for under $2 or install AdAway if you're rooted. I enjoy my free version without ads!
Anyways, I'd definitely recommend you check out the Google Messenger, it's pretty good. It has the popup for quick reply and also offers somewhat good customization.
I thought when Google dropped support for SMS in hangouts that they were going to bring it to allo, but sadly not. Instead, dev time has gone to android messages.
I'm sure there's either a technical or business decision that's stopping them from introducing SMS support, but sadly, we on the outside are left in the dark as to what it is.
It's actually been out for a while here, and it's pretty good. Lightweight, good design, and does exactly what it says.
I use Messenger by Google. From what I can see all the permissions are completely justified based on what you can do from within the app.
I use Messages.
The problem with WhatsApp or Facebook or any other third-party system is that you have to get an account, and the person you're trying to talk to also has to have an account. SMS will work with anyone.
Me llegaron varios de esos, todos de Mendoza.
Los bloqueo con google messenger pero cambian de numero cada vez, aca un ejemplo
Tambien me estuvo llamando un numero de Rosario (341 6400001) varias veces al dia y atiende un contestador.
I have Moto G5 Plus too. The SMS app they use is actually the Android Messages app by Google.
I couldn't get MMS to work right for an hour or two after activating, but then started working fine with the settings Mint Sim says to use. I don't think you should have had to install another SMS app.
Is the included one Android Messages? If not, try it [link]
If not try Textra - not sure how light weight it is, but it's my favorite by far.
Maybe try Google's app which does allow for custom notification tones for SMS: [link]
Mods can we rename this thread "Tech support for tenebralupo"?
Are they using iOS and where you previously using it? If so it might be iMessage causing the issue.
Anyway, something seems wrong with MMS. I suggest you use the Android Messages app instead of the shitty Samsung one.
Hmmm. I dunno what else could solve that. Have you tried out Android Messages from Google? It's nice. Hey, try it out and see if the messages show up there. If not, there may be a bug with your device, not Textra. I'd say hold on to Textra and try out Google's app first. Could just be a weird bug. I admit, the default sms app is terrible. Wish it could at least be disabled instead of just swapped over. I apologize if I haven't been much help. Just thought I'd chime in and see what we could accomplish.
Which messages app did you try? To be clear, I was testing it with [link]
If you are using the same Messages app, then it should be like I showed in the screenshots in the detailed instructions.
Yes, it looks like they have some API information here. I haven't read through it all, but it looks interesting.
And yes, those definitely sound like the 3 components. I would imagine that the hardest part would be building the actual API.
As of right now, I use google messenger for texting, and PushBullet is able to send and receive messages using this (apparently it also works with several other texting apps).
You can download it on the play store now to try it out if you're curious.
I actually really like it, particularly how it handles custom contact coloring in group messages.
Edit because I forgot to directly answer your question: absolutely it's better. At least in my opinion. I prefer its aesthetic.
> rather just use the basic messaging app
Google's Messenger is basic and will get the job done. but if you'll insist on using Samsung's default, I don't know what to do with it
Try android messages. Made by Google. It's what I use and I like the way it works and has a nice layout for everything. Worth checking out
No, Google's Messenger app which is literally the dumbest name I can think of for an SMS/MMS application. +1 Google.
Messenger being Google Messenger? I just switched back to my stock app, which is titled simply "Messag_ing_"
Sounds about right, Samsung doesn't ship the stock Android messenger app, they include their TouchWiz monstrosity.
This is Google's.
Google's own texting app is probably the best. Very robust, clean looking, and handles those tasks perfectly. The Samsung texting app has always been ugly and janky in my experience.
If you're using Android, use the official google messenger app for texts.
I would use that one besides whatever came with your phone, as google updates it with security improvements and new features etc.
Plus its the only text app going forward on new android phones.
Android Messages is the default SMS/MMS app.
Keep in mind that's not not an all encompassing 'messaging' app like iMessage, that is what makes you a 'green bubble' as an Android user.
iMessage is deceptive in the way it's presented in that it's a seamless amalgamation of SMS/MMS/ and web based messaging. That web based messaging is kept within the Apple walled-garden.
As of now, there is not universal solution that will make everyone a 'blue bubble'.
The Android equivalent, or rather, agnostic to Apple equivalents to iMessage are Facebook Messenger, Instagram Messenger, or WhatApp.
In coming years, the RCS system will likely become more universal, as more carriers pick it up, and put pressure on Apple to open the doors to that walled garden and allow for a universal protocol for messaging that moves away from SMS/MMS, which is outdated right now.
If you're worried about being 'left out' of iMessage and you haven't transitioned to Android yet, but are thinking about it...then just make yourself available only on alternatives. Don't answer people on iMessage. That is exactly what I did in months before switching. In the weeks before I did, I turned off iMessage in my iPhone which made me a 'green bubble'.
Hope that clarifies your question for you!
Any idea if it is MMS you aren't receiving? (Group messages/picture messages.)
If so, your APN settings may be wrong.
If SMS aren't coming through maybe try another messaging app like Google Messenger if you are on Android.
If that doesn't help do a factory reset.
If you need help changing your APN settings let me know if you are on iOS/Android and I'll see what I can do.
Change your messaging app - 'Messenger' by Google is working very nicely for me, and treats long messages exactly as you described.
I have a theory here--when you're both on the same carrier and device, it's very possible you are automatically using RCS intead of SMS without knowing it. Sometimes this is called "Advanced Messaging".
RCS is the upcoming replacement for SMS but it is not standardized and not part of Android so we are not able to sync it yet. Here's a couple of options for how to get around this:
1) Find and disable "Advanced messaging" / RCS in your SMS app (there is usually a setting)
2) Switch to using Google's SMS app: [link] (You can try it and switch back at any time without doing any harm)
Hope this helps!
Well, just tried it again and now it doesn't. Great... Google Messenger ([link]) works fine though, and it's much prettier than the stock messaging app.
So apparently it isn't the default. But I'm quite certain that it is already fragmented to this degree. 'Messages' is a samsung app, Messenger is the default android one
Hangouts has been known to not play nice with group messaging. Google actually recommends switching to another SMS application like Messenger.
How does this new version compare to Google Messenger? I find that it's much better for texting (SMS and MMS) than Hangouts, which is strange because Google seems to be pushing Hangouts as the universal communications app for Android.
No, but you can always install Google Messenger and Google Dialer if you like them more.
Google Messenger: [link]
Google Dialer: [link]
This definitely isn't something we're doing. It's either an S6 Active issue or something with your default SMS app.
I suggest installing a different SMS app and set it as your default to see if that changes anything (I suggest Google Messenger).
I also use Google Messenger and I love it. It is very similar to Hangouts, but a lot simpler. Give it a try!
If you're wondering if you should switch, you should probably switch.
Have you had a look at Google's actual Messages app? I don't think it ships stock on any phones except Nexus/Pixel, but it's available to any Android phone for free through Google Play. It's pretty feature-light, but I find it to be perfectly usable. Of course, this being Android, you're free to choose from hundreds of available options to find what you like.
Haven't used Bixby (I'm very anti-Samsung and pro-Google, but that's just me), but Google Assistant is great.
Android Wear 2.0 was a big step forward. Supports standalone apps like Apple Watch does. LG's line is pretty decent and hits all the pricepoints. I have a Moto 360 2nd gen. It's dated but still works fairly well. I recommend something a little newer if you can get it. (Also, nice thing about Android Wear vs Samsung Gear, it's compatible with everything, even Samsung phones and even iPhones!)