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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.
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
I'm partial to Android Messenger. It used to be called Google messenger or something like that, but it's clean and simple IMO.
That is the AOSP messaging app. I guess some manufacturers (Motorola?) still ship it but otherwise Google has switched to their own messenger app:
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.
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.
"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
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
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?
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.
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
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
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.
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]
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..
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.
> 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.
Just use a client that supports it (like Messages). You can check it's enabled under Settings -> Advanced -> Enhanced Features
Do yourself a favor and download Android Messages. The Samsung messenger is so clunky and the design is so ugly lol.
Sometimes the native apps are shitty for whatever reason. Messenger or textra are both free and are very good quality apps.
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 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]
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Link for the lazy, I love this messenging app
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
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.
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?
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.
Android Messages. It's much nicer anyway. I don't understand the fixation people have with Hangouts needing to send and receive SMS messages.
RCS with Rogers is only supported via Android Messages. Download it here: [link]
Here is some good information on RCS and Rogers: [link]
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.
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.
No, Google has a sms app also named Messenger.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
FYI - They are talking about Google's Messenger and not Hangouts
Messenger - [link]
Hangouts - [link]
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.
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.
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!
No, Google's Messenger app which is literally the dumbest name I can think of for an SMS/MMS application. +1 Google.
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.
Are you looking at "Messenger" the built in SMS app for Android? Facebook's "Messenger" is a totally different app that sends facebook messages, not SMS, and should be deletable like anything else off the app store.
Never really thought about it before but it's strange they let them both be named the same...
I also use Google Messenger and I love it. It is very similar to Hangouts, but a lot simpler. Give it a try!
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).
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.
Sounds about right, Samsung doesn't ship the stock Android messenger app, they include their TouchWiz monstrosity.
This is Google's.
Hangouts has been known to not play nice with group messaging. Google actually recommends switching to another SMS application like Messenger.
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.
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.
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.
> 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
Change your messaging app - 'Messenger' by Google is working very nicely for me, and treats long messages exactly as you described.
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.
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.
It's actually been out for a while here, and it's pretty good. Lightweight, good design, and does exactly what it says.
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.
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.
No, but you can always install Google Messenger and Google Dialer if you like them more.
Google Messenger: [link]
Google Dialer: [link]
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!)
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.
Messenger being Google Messenger? I just switched back to my stock app, which is titled simply "Messag_ing_"
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).
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"?
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
Try Google's Messenger for a few days and see what the results are. Not saying you have to ultimately stick with that particular app, but it's a good place to start troubleshooting. If you have the same issue on Google Messenger, you can go back to the app you are using currently and continue looking for other solutions.
Google Messenger on the Play Store:
Also, I know you said you have never been on iPhone, but have you ever had any Apple device (e.g. iPad) that would have used iMessage?
I use Chomp SMS. I simply tap the text notification on my watch and then type a reply. It doesn't allow for templates for quick replies on the watch, if that is what you are looking for, however. Have you tried Android messages? [link]
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
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.
iMessage is Apple's proprietary software, you can't make "an Android version" of it.
There isn't really a complete alternative, in a couple of years Android Messages might "the" alternative messaging app once RCS (next generation SMS replacement) is more supported. RCS will not be compatible with iMessage (unless Apple implements RCS too), but it will work the same way so that user doesn't have to care about whether the messages are sent as RCS or SMS messages (you know iMessage only sends "iMessages" if the other user has iMessage? otherwise it sends SMS).
Currently messaging on Android is fragmented into multiple difference apps/services, popularity often depends on continent (Facebook Messenger, Allo, Whatsapp in Europe, WeChat in Asia). Use whatever your friends use and if they only use iMessage, you're going to have to stick to SMS messaging with them.
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.
Oh, I assume you are talking about the default LG texting app the phone comes with? That thing is awful. Use the google one: [link]
Try using Google's Messaging app. It might work better for you with this. That's the one I use and it works better with things like Google Now. Link
Sorry I should have clarified. Like Messages (the stock texting app) vs Google's Messenger. Or the stock Calendar app vs the Google Calendar app.
This is specifically that one I'm referring to, though it's just an example of the comparison I'm looking for [link]
I've been using Google Messenger for a while now and haven't had as many issues as with Hangouts or the stock messaging app.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The stock Messaging app?
It's not a true solution to your problem, but as a workaround you could try Google Messenger instead which seems to be replacing the stock SMS app in terms of support, from what I can tell.
Shouldn't be related to Hangouts (though I do suggest trying Google Messenger for SMS, it's way better)
We haven't changed SMS sending in recent updates so if it seems to be getting worse, there is likely some other variable. Is this related possibly to the length of the message? Does dismissing notifications on PC still make them go away on your phone?
It already does. My entire family has iPhones and I have the Note 4. Just make sure you have Group MMS enabled in your texting app. To be clear, this is a basic texting feature. It doesn't need Advanced Messaging.
If you can't find that option, download "Messenger" by Google in the Play Store. It's a texting app replacement that has the option. [link]
I suggest trying a different default texting app. You could try Google Messenger for a bit to see if that works any better: [link] (This app controls how our stuff is sent.)
This is probably control controlled by your default SMS app. Could you try grabbing Messenger from Google and setting it as your default SMS app to see if it changes anything? This can be undone without any harm.