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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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
"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.
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
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
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
> Replace Hangouts, Gmail Chat, (Badly Named) Duo & Allo and Combined them in to ONE thing
Don't forget Android Messages
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.
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
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.
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]
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.)
I'm not the person you were replying to, but I like these:
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.
> 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.
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
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.
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..
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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]
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.
Link for the lazy, I love this messenging app
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.
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.
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.
No, Google has a sms app also named Messenger.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
RCS with Rogers is only supported via Android Messages. Download it here: [link]
Here is some good information on RCS and Rogers: [link]
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]
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.
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.
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
I've done some reading on RCS and it seems that there needs to be the RCS compatible app, like Android Messages (not expected to work on Apple anytime soon unless you use a 3rd party app like google voice/chat), and then the carrier to support it, and the person at the other end with an RCS compatible app.
Regarding TMobile (which Mint uses their towers), they said "second quarter 2018", and another mentioned said June 2018.
Since Mint uses their towers, once the TMo system is up and running, it should be automatic as long as you're using Android Messages (and not the default "Messeging" app or carrier installed app). I can understand technical stuff but the messages vs messaging app names had me confused for a few minutes... but only a few. Thus why I am linking it here.
The only potential downside I see is since RCS uses the data stream instead of cellular signal, this wouldn't go against your text numbers, but would use more data, especially with attachments/pictures. So those with the lower data plans may need to step up to the next higher data plan.
Also what app is that?
There are some great apps for messaging out there, for SMS specifically I would suggest Android Messages which had rcs support and just looks great as well.
Also maybe an icon pack as well! Just a suggestion to spice up the home screen a bit! Nova Launcher is a great plug and play option with tons of customization as well. If anybody is interested and has questions feel free to ask.
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.
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.
No, Google's Messenger app which is literally the dumbest name I can think of for an SMS/MMS application. +1 Google.
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!
Sounds about right, Samsung doesn't ship the stock Android messenger app, they include their TouchWiz monstrosity.
This is Google's.
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.
Wow, I'm surprised that you actually use a Nexus phone tho (or is it a Moto? basing it off the screenshot here) and know about Project Fi. Usually it's only the techies like me that know about both.
Anyways, I believe that before you switch to Android Messages, you have to disable Project Fi with Hangouts. This might have been why you weren't getting messages before without Hangouts. Basically you have to "uncheck" the box in Hangouts settings. Here's an snip of the instructions.
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...
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 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?
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.
The OnePlus Messaging app does not place nice with MMS group messages. I use the google messages app instead ([link]) but most other 3rd party SMS/MMS apps will work too.
No, but you can always install Google Messenger and Google Dialer if you like them more.
Google Messenger: [link]
Google Dialer: [link]
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.
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.
Try using the Google messenger app HERE
If that also does't give you notification sounds then maybe try clear cache, or doing a factory reset?
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.
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).
> 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
IF you get ANDROID MESSAGE app, you can do that now.https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.messaging&hl=en_US
it has webview
type on pc too for messaging.
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.
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
Messenger being Google Messenger? I just switched back to my stock app, which is titled simply "Messag_ing_"
If you're using the Android Messages app from the play store (and it's up to date), then you should already have access to it. Check your settings and enable chat features under advanced settings in the app. Although it only works with other Sprint phones that have enabled it or RCS carriers. The best part is pictures are transferred at a much higher resolution then MMS.
Source: 2 Nexus 5x had it for over a year at least.
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.
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.
For dem som allerede har skiftet stock SMS app'en ud, så er det ikke et problem - det lader til at kun være noget der påvirker Samsungs egen-udviklede SMS app.
Hvis man ikke lige er klar over det og man sidder med en Samsung S9 (eller S7/S8 med Oreo), så vil jeg anbefale man straks får skiftet SMS app'en ud. Noget nær det tætteste man kommer på non-bloatware må være Google's egen Android Messages og hvis man gerne vil kunne udnytte både SMS og mulig krypteret P2P kommunikation, kan Signal også gå ind og overtage SMS kommunikationen (og således vælge den krypterede tjeneste i stedet mellem to Signal brugere). Sidstnævne kan varmt anbefales.
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.
I also use Google Messenger and I love it. It is very similar to Hangouts, but a lot simpler. Give it a try!
Hangouts has been known to not play nice with group messaging. Google actually recommends switching to another SMS application like Messenger.