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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!)
In case anyone needs it, the URL is:
Be sure to update your Android Messages app if you don't have the "Messages for web" option in your settings menu (⋮).
Also, for me the option wouldn't appear even after updating until I stopped the Messages app from my running apps list and reopened it.
For the messaging you can try the official "Android Messages":
The tried and true Google Messenger will do that.
> What is the default messaging app that I should use?
Messenger by Google [link]
Neither lol. It's yet another messaging app google made.
Sorry to hear about your experience. I understand why you're frustrated, but just so you know, you can't send photos reliably in high-res., in order, etc., via 'texting' on any platform: iOS or Android. To be clear, 'texting' means sending an SMS or MMS text message.
Now, you are absolutely correct that on iOS, you were able to send photos without problems, because you were using iMessage, and you have to use iMessage, it's on all iPhones. iMessage is not a simple texting application though - it's actually a lot more like WhatsApp. The reason why iMessage seems to magically work, is because it exists on every single iPhone out there. If WhatsApp were on every single iPhone, it would 'just work' as magically as iMessage does.
When you send your pics via iMessage, it'll all look fine on your end, and any iOS recipient will have no issues - because they have iMessage installed as well. Android recipients might get your pics, maybe they'll even be in high-res. and in the right order, but there's no way to be sure, because they don't have iMessage.
There is absolutely nothing special or unique about the iMessage application - it can send SMS/MMS (like any texting app), and rich multimedia, typing indicators, etc., (like WhatsApp). iMessage 'works' because everyone is forced to have it on their iPhone.
In Europe, S. America, and pretty much anywhere outside of N. America, WhatsApp is used by nearly everyone, on both iOS and Android, and it works wonderfully.
If you are in N. America, and you are on Android, you may well need two messaging apps: one texting app (the 'default' being Android Messages for sending text messages, and one app for rich multimedia messages (multiple pics, video, etc.), e.g. WhatsApp.
The main point is, iMessage only appears to be special and magical because everyone on iOS is forced to use it.
EDIT: Just wanted to clarify that the reason we're in this situation is that text messages date back to the early days of cellphones, when you literally could only send about 160 characters of text between phones. That was the SMS protocol. As cellular networks developed greater bandwidth capacity and phones became more sophisticated, the MMS protocol was introduced, to allow for sending rich media messages. Oh, and SMS/MMS messages are sent using the same connection that is used for making cellphone calls, basically. So as long as you've got a signal on your phone, you can send a text message, even when you have no data and you're off WiFi. These messages can be sent via Android Messages, Textra, Pulse, iMessage, etc. Note that you can send text messages between any app without issue, because they're all using the same SMS/MMS protocol. You can text from iMessage to Textra, Pulse to Android Messages, etc., it'll be fine.
Now the sending of high-res. pics, multiple pics, video, etc., that we're accustomed to today, typically uses WiFi and/or your mobile data, and there is no standard protocol for doing so (RCS may alleviate this, but it's not everywhere yet, so...). These messages can be sent via WhatsApp, Hangouts, Viber, iMessage, etc. Note that you cannot send messages between these apps, because they all use their own protocol.
What we need now is an open standard for sending high-res. pics, multiple pics, video, typing indicators, etc. RCS is such a standard, and it is being rolled out, but until all carriers support it, we're still going to have a bit of a mess.
In the interim, the best thing we can do is use an application that exists on both Android and iOS to communicate with each other. I'm no fan of facebook or WhatsApp, but WhatsApp is currently the best option. It has a massive userbase (in the billions), and it actually is a very well-executed app, thankfully. Note that WhatsApp cannot send SMS/MMS messages though - this means that you have to have mobile data or WiFi in order to use it...
And so that's why if you're on Android and need to send an honest-to-goodness text message (SMS/MMS), you will need an app that can do that. Like iMessage, Hangouts was actually capable (for a time) of sending SMS/MMS and rich multimedia messages, but Google removed the SMS/MMS functionality. And unlike Apple, Google never forced Hangouts to be on every Android device, so even when it had all the functionality, it could never 'just work' the way iMessage appears to.
There are only two ways for us to get rid of this mess:
1. adopt an open messaging standard that everyone can use freely (RCS is the best hope right now)
2. use the same messaging application on all platforms (WhatsApp is probably the best solution right now)
Please note that this is a drastically simplified overview of SMS/MMS and rich multimedia messaging, but hopefully it will help clarify the situation for you. :)
Think he means the SMS app "Messages" that's from Google: [link]
Install the normal Android texting app.
Uninstall whatever piece of shit that is on your phone.
This app, yeah?
I used Google's Messenger.
Google Messenger. Simple, clean, it works.
I am pretty sure you can use Messenger or pretty much any modern SMS app to do this. Am I missing something?
Install a better messaging app:
Use Google Messages.
I love it.
He meant Android Messages, formerly Google Messenger
Close enough lol
So is the Default Google one...
I thought this was the Lord's Messenger.
He's talking about [link]
Google Messenger and Hangouts aren't the same thing.
It's been renamed to Android Messages but this is it: [link]
Use the Messenger app from Google.
l'appli "Android Messages" supportera le RCS (Rich Communication Services), le futur des SMS, pour devenir le iMessage d'Android.
Google Allo est abandonné
source : Chat is Google’s next big fix for Android’s messaging mess (The Verge)
J'ai testé Android Messages (jamais utilisée avant même si elle existait déjà). J'ai vu qu'on pouvait faire des groupes mais je sais pas comment ça marche (c'est juste des gens qui sont en "copie de SMS" ?). Les groupes marchent avec des contacts qui ont un iPhone ? Merci si vous avez testé.
Android Messages sur le Google Play Store
l'article Wikipedia sur RCS
Je crois qu'Orange (& Sosh ?) supportera/ont le RCS. Je ne sais pas pour SFR, Bouygues & Free.
la vidéo de The Verge qui a dévoilé l'info.
RCS chez Orange & SFR (mais l'appli Joyn a été abandonnée fin 2017) :
article de Next inpact qui date un peu sur le RCS dans l'appli abandonnée Joyn.
[Mediapart] Les non-dits d’Emmanuel Macron dans l’affaire Alstom
(lien vers l'article sur Mediapart) (article complet sur /r/France)
Specs du téléphone Honor 10 (Huawei)
processeur Kirin 970 (dual surf 4G en permanence ?)
64 Go / 128 Go de stockage
4 Go / 6 Go de RAM
batterie 3400 mAh
appareil photo 24 Megapixels
prise jack (contrairement au P20)
surchouche EMUI (des avis ?)
prix chinois : 335€/380€ (prix canon pour les specs) donc probablement ~450€ en Europe / France
Verizon, AT&T shares drop after NYTimes reports that the Department of Justice has opened a probe into coordination by the carriers "to hinder consumers from easily switching wireless carriers"
La « clean meat », nouvelle utopie de la Silicon Valley
Facebook veut réintroduire la reconnaissance faciale en Europe
J'ai eu un pop up hier ou aujourd'hui sur facebook pour accepter de nouvelles CGU
Et si on payait finalement pour y accéder (à facebook) ?
Mais on n’est pas au bout des scandales facebook
Intel abandonne son projet Vaunt [lunettes intelligentes]
Encore un projet abandonné par intel...
Source des news ci-dessus : LesTechnos.be
Quelqu'un connait la date du "Show Hello" Orange 2018 ou si Orange en fera un ? Ils attendent septembre pour annoncer l'assistant Djingo à 300€ ?
Bouygues Telecom : lancement de trois nouvelles offres fibre et ADSL, Bbox « Fit », « Must » et « Ultym »
Jean-Marc Jancovici : Conférence Dynamose - Ecole des Mines de Paris - 12/04/2018
Replay de la soirée télé d'hier :
[Envoyé Spécial - France TV] "Daphne Caruana Galizia, celle qui en savait trop" (sur les ventes de passeports par Malte contre 1 M$ qui rapportaient des retro-commissions au ministre de l'énergie & au cabinet du PM)
[extrait vidéo] "Projet Daphne" : peu avant de mourir, la journaliste maltaise révélait les sociétés offshore d'un ministre et d'un proche du Premier ministre
[Envoyé Spécial - France TV] SNCF : la fin d'un monde
[Complément d'enquête - France TV] Pierre & Vacances : la saga (le fondateur s'est enrichi parce que ses logements de vacances étaient défiscalisés par l'Etat français)
YouTube diffuse des annonces sur des chaînes extrémistes
Sony : IA dans les appareils photo
[Honor 10] Comment l'IA améliore vos photos grâce à la segmentation sémantique d'image ?
Netflix pourrait augmenter ses tarifs prochainement
Frédéric Bianchi journaliste à bfmbusiness.com et Gonzague Dambricourt blogueur et consultant high-tech.
Retrouvez la version audio de DQJMM
Le succès de Netflix ne se dément pas : 3,5 millions d'abonnés en France, toujours plus de contenus produits et sans doute bientôt une hausse des tarifs d'abonnement.
Amazon Echo repoussé en France au 23 mai, pourquoi ? Quelle est la stratégie de Google, Apple, Amazon et Orange dans les assistants vocaux ?
Utilisation des données personnelles, fake news...pourquoi les récents déboires de Facebook n'intéressent pas les utilisateurs qui continuent à utiliser le réseau social ?
La TNT UHD 4K diffusée d'ici 2020 en France ?
La TNT qui fête ses 13 ans cette année va-t-elle bientôt évoluer vers la 4K ? Pourra-t-on regarder gratuitement des programmes UHD avec sa simple antenne sur le toit ? On fait le point avec Victor Jachimovicz, ancien directeur des labos Fnac.
According to this Samsung help page, when you can't send a message to one particular contact it is a service outage. Theres also a number of good suggestions there that could solve your problem.
Apart from those suggestions, also check in the settings that either numbers haven't accidentally been added to a spam filter.
Alternatively you could try use another messages app like Android Messages or Textra. But make sure that your phone sets it as the default messaging app.
This is a modified version of a list I've made for myself in preparation to go back to an Android phone (had a Nexus 5 for a year, and then the iPhone 6 for a year... moving to a Moto X Pure/Style next).
Okay here's what I use and its super smooth. I absolutely love messenger from Google. Works 100% better than hangouts. I use quickpic for photos. And to replace the camera and make use of the camera2 API with manual controls and raw photos snap camera.
Snap camera is paid and worth it, the rest are free :)
Snap camera HDR: [link]
Also, with the way Google handles their apps, you'll most likely want 3rd party apps for almost everything else as well. If you have any other app needs just ask away.
Are the APN settings on the phone right? Has he tried using a different texting app
The app is messenger by google
it's the messages app, nothing to do with lg
if you look at the screenshots it's a "feature" of the app
Android Messages -
Not hangouts, it's Google Messenger.
I use Google Messenger.
For folks like me who are too lazy to read through the article to learn about the apps:
Edit: Forgot markdown for a second. I'll be alright.
Sorry its now called Android Messages...
Sill a google made project just stupid name...
Yep. Just search "Android messages" on the play store if that link doesn't work for you. Should be the first one.
messages not hangouts. I know... Google makes too many messaging apps
Now for Reddit
Depends on the type of notes, for a quick jot down or shopping list, Keep . for more of a taking notes in class type of notes, Evernote.
I use the official Twitter app, gave up on 3rd party apps for most social media after FB kept tweaking their code to break them.
I guess it really depends on what email service you use. Both Gmail and Inbox are good for people using Gmail as their client.
I don't really do podcasts...
Different icon, but I assume it's this.
Try another messaging app, like Google Messenger or Textra
Messenger.. enough said.
You're probably using Samsung's 'Messages' apps while OP is using Google's 'Messenger' app.
Switching to google Messenger fixed my MMS problems.
No. I mean Googles Messenger app
if you use the Google messenger app, there is an option for that
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.
I have a OnePlus 6 and yeah, this isn't Android Messages
This is the default texting app that comes with the phone
Here is Android Messages
Link to Android Messages (I thought it was called google messages).
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?
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.
I am talking about this app specifically - [link]
Don't think this is part of the gms or default sms app on android.
Also don't part of being gms would mean that every gms certified phone would have to have certain Google apps pre-installed? With that being the case don't think any of the Xiaomi or oneplus phones in India come with the aosp messaging or the app I linked above.
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.
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.
It'll open them. [link]
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.
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.
Android Messages: The RCS client for Android from Google
Just use Android messages with gboard.
They are both from Google and you will have what you want.
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.
I use the Google Messages app. You can exclude SMS by contact.
Have not used Textra, but I can confirm I don't have any freezing issues with [link]
I'm pretty sure Google calendar like any other Google app is available on all devices thought most ship their own. By sms you mean messenger? I'm pretty sure that's the same too
Updated 3 days ago and supports any device 4.4 and up.
Updated 2 weeks ago and supports lollipop and up.
Phone was the only one that seems to be locked to Google play edition devices (there's quite a few of them). It might have to do with them being carrier unlocked and GSM based.
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]
You can block a sender if you use the Android messages app [link]
Install this which is the SMS app from Google. It can block.
I was in a similar situation back in 2013. My reasons were a bit different; I was a long time jailbreaker and I was getting fed up with the cat-and-mouse game between jailbreak devs and Apple. (On that note, one of the best things about Google/Android IMO is their acceptance of rooting (the Android equivalent of jailbreaking). On a Nexus or Pixel device, rooting is as simple as running a few commands in command line and installing SuperSU, and Google intentionally makes this process simple.)
I used a Galaxy S4 for a few weeks, but quickly found it to be almost as limiting/difficult as iOS, and personally I find Samsung's UI to be ugly and their extra features are usually buggy or not very useful. I highly recommend going with a device that runs something close to stock Android. (To clarify, Google releases Android as open source software, and hardware vendors are free to modify that software as they see fit. Samsung modifies it possibly more than any other, while companies like Motorola ship an OS that's extremely close to Google's stock Android.)
Personally I would recommend a Nexus or Pixel device. Much like the iPhone, the Nexus/Pixel line benefit from running software written by the same company that designed the hardware. As Apple likes to say, "It just works".
Back in 2013, the switch was a lot more painful than it is now. If you buy a Nexus/Pixel today, when you first turn it on, one of the first questions it will ask you is if you'd like to set the phone up as a new device or restore from an old Android or iOS device. I don't have any iOS devices left to test with, but knowing Google, I imagine choosing to restore from an iPhone probably works as well as could be expected. Someone with the ability to actually test this feature can probably give you some more specific feedback about what it actually does and how well.
Also, as a sidenote to my previous mention of jailbreaking/rooting, it should be noted that an unrooted Android phone is capable of doing most of the things that jailbreakers jailbreak to do. For example, there is a setting in Android to "allow installation of apps from unknown sources" which allows users to install an app from anywhere, not just the Play Store. This means that, even if Google suddenly became as strict as Apple about what App Store apps can do, users can still install anything they want by downloading it manually. In fact, there are even alternate app stores for Android, such as F-Droid, which is composed entirely of free and open-source apps. Any Android user can install F-Droid (by downloading its .apk installer file from the F-Droid site) and then F-Droid will keep itself and any apps installed through it up to date, all without rooting.
Other examples of things Android can do sans-root but require jailbreaking on iOS include using a file browser, using custom launchers/themes, and setting default apps. That last one is a huge deal. On iOS, if you want to install Google Chrome, you can certainly do so, but URLs from other apps will still open in Safari regardless. On Android, I can install Firefox or Opera or any browser I want, then set that as the default browser, and the OS will us it to open URLs automatically. Same is true for SMS (don't like your phone's stock SMS app? You can use Google's instead, or Hangouts (which does SMS integration), or a third party SMS app like Handcent, Navigation (how great would it be to ditch Apple Maps on iOS and use Google Maps or Waze automatically?), Calendar, Clock (you can even set default Timer and Alarm apps separately), etc.
The only things I miss about iOS are things that Apple intentionally keeps from me. I still use (and love) a Mac, but none of Apple's integrations with iOS are of any use to me. Can't use iMessage because it'll fuck up SMS conversations and there's no Android app. Can't use FaceTime because, again, there's no Android app (even though Apple promised FaceTime would be an "open industry standard"). For both of these examples, Android has great alternatives (Hangouts, Duo), AND those alternatives are available on iOS, but most iOS users don't use them.
Even back in 2013, the switching cost was well worth it. I will NEVER go back to iOS.
Messages from Google. It's like IM but SMS also. Link: [link]
Try using Google Messenger as your default SMS app. I've never had any issues with notifications on it.
No problem! :) Feel free to try others, there's plenty of SMS apps to choose from. Textra just happens to be my personal favorite. Keep in mind though that the app as-is, is a 30 day trial. Afterwards it will ask you to fork up $1.99 (last time I checked, YMMV) There are plenty of free ones
You might be looking for this
Options wise there are lots of apps to pick from (more beyond these available on the play store)
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...
For the SMS app I prefer to use Messenger by Google ( [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?
Google Messenger does this for me, for a period, usually enough to send it for me. [link]
Googles texting app Messenger works great.
i mean googles messenger btw, not the android messaging app
I like the design of it. So far it's been nice to me. :)
Check it out for yourself.
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.
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]
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
The Messenger app (that replaces the 'messaging' app).
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]
I use "Messenger" app that is developed by Google. It's simple and has material design.
Nope, it's a Google app.
You can download Messenger from the play store; which is Google's SMS app.
Or you can download recompiled versions of the AOSP app from the play store also:
Edit: Someone uploaded the original AOSP apk which might work here: [link]
I've been using the Google Messenger app for a couple months now and love it. Simplistic and easy to use.
I really like the google messenger app. Or hangouts.
You should: [link]
That would VERY often happen to me with 4.4.2, as well. I've since moved to Google Messenger and have not looked back.
Nope, he's talking about this Google Messenger. It's in the Play store, just download it and use it for messeging.
For texting apps, the best ones are Google Messenger, QKSMS, and Textra.
Best launchers are Apex Launcher, Google Now Launcher, and Nova Launcher.
For photo editors, I use Snapseed, but you might want more than that.
For free games, Crossy Road, Flow Free, and Piano Tiles are really fun. For paid games, I like Leo's Fortune, Monument Valley, and rymdkapsel the best.
As for some great all-around utility apps, I made a list of some of the best down below.
I really agree. These look horrible right now.
However it is only really a problem for me with the Phone app, since that's the only one that can't be fully replaced. The SMS can be fully-replaced by just downloading another app and setting it as the default SMS app in settings, there are plenty of great SMS apps (currently I'm using Google's own Messenger). The Clock app can also technically be replaced with downloading the AOSP Clock app's APK or just Timely, however I have a perhaps irrational fear that one of these days the Alarm won't wake me up in the morning... so I always use Sony's Clock too just in case (anyway I know we should do this).
With the phone app, well actually the dialer itself can be replaced (currently I'm using ExDialer) but the phone interface you see when taking a call is not changed and remains the ugly gingerbready style. I really like the stock Lollipop dialer too so hope we might be able to use that without having to resort to installing via rooting-workarounds (that too perhaps irrationally scare me into thinking the dialer suddenly won't work in an emergency).
Regardless of the alternatives it would be really nice if the Phone, SMS and Clock apps that come with Xperia Lollipop will already look good (perhaps with the design that apps like Walkman, Album and Movies have - it's an already great design Sony has - why not use it for the other system apps too?).
EDIT: Linked Facebook's messenger instead of Google's... it's not my fault they are named the same!
When you get the Android 9 update, it'll come with an updated version of the texting app that shows who sent what in a group thread
But if you don't want to wait, you can install Messages, make it the default app, and it'll show you who sent what, too
You need to be using Android Messages, not the Samsung Message app.
Highly recommend this one. I use messages for web all the time.
Just double checking since you said "Clean install" did you install Android Messages ([link]) as well?
I know this doesn't exactly fix your issue, but dude, you really should be using Android Messages, both on your phone and your watch. It's so much better than Verizon's trash.
If there is nothing in settings then just install another sms app I like Google's dark mode [link]
If you're on an Android phone on a recent version. You just download the Android Messages app and check to see if you have a setting in your settings called something like "Enable Chat Features" If you have the setting then you have RCS!
Try using a different version of the APK? I'm using 220.127.116.11 and it's still there. Apk's can be found at APK mirror
I can find it under Messages --> Triple vertical dot (⋮) menu in top right --> Backgrounds and then you can set it. From what I gather it isn't there for you
If not, you could always use a different messages app - hangouts or fb messenger offer sms messaging, and don't forget the stock android messages app you can find on the play store
I woke up this morning to these issues. Must have updated overnight. I looked at the newest comments on the Google play store and that seems to be the main complaint in the past few days. I guess some phones may have different default Messengers. Mine came with this one by Google: [link] OP originally asked about "RIP Messenger" and appeared to only assume Facebook. Just throwing it out there just in case.
They have it locked down for Samsung PC's only it does a device check. I use android messages then messages for web with a wrapper client so it is an app that works fine and it can be on any pc. or in the browser if you prefer. [link]
If you know someone with a Samsung PC they can get it and then you could grab it and sideload it perhaps if you really want it though.
[link] (by Google LLC), not sure what you're asking :S
I use the Android Messages on my OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 6. It works flawlessly for group chat. Also WhatsApp is a great alternative if your friends used it.
I guess it's called Android Messages now. Pretty sure it was just "Messages" before published by Google. Anyway: Here ya go, if you haven't found it by now
On your phone and watch. (It's the google app)
Have you tried an alternative messaging app--like Messages?
One thing that I ran into was that when updating the MMSC, I attempted to put in the http://mms-sp.freedompop.com value and it immediately reverted to the previous entry and wouldn't save. I had to temporarily change it to http://mms.freedompop.com (missing the "-sp") and then go back in and change it again, which allowed the "mms-sp" subdomain to stick.
Install Google Messages and see if your carrier supports RCS.
If they do Google Messages behaves more like iMessage, other phones supporting RCS will receive the message as sent, those that don't will receive a link to the content.
edit, fixed link.
Android Messages has always served me well. I like its looks the best, and recently supports messaging via a web client as well. This might not have been the answer you were looking for, though :)
Just use Android Messages
No, it's Android Messages, from Google, that has the new support for browser based messaging. Wasn't that the point of this thread?
Android Messenges is the default sms app that comes in stock Android.
BlackBerry Hub only opens the texting app. Backspace if necessary and go to the main texting screen.
Go into your app drawer and look for "Messages".
Android Messages, basically the same thing, but SMS & RCS only
Install Android Messages:
I'm new to Android coming from iOS. I love this phone, but I was having the same problem. I looked into it and it seems like the version of Messages installed from OnePlus is different than "Android Messages" from the Play store. I installed that and "carrier services" (I read that is helpful for the coming of RCS), and now Messages looks so much better and group chat works.
I think you're looking at the wrong message app. It's Android Messages.
Get anothe rmessaging app. The Google one is great.
I just tried replacing Messaging with the new Android Messages.
I really like the app, but when I enable "Message/call voice notifications", which previously would read out loud incoming text messages, it no longer does that when Android Messages is my default text message app. Anyone have any ideas?
Don't they have a messaging app?
Also, Google Chrome Dev looks fine on my 18.5:9 screen.
Hmm, maybe try another sms app. This is Google's version. It looks really good. I haven't used sms in years so I'm not sure.
Could you try another app such as Android Messages and see if it still happens?
I suggest re-seating the SIM Card. Then update or switch to Google's official Android Messages app, as your main SMS app.
Did you try using Google's Android Messages instead of the default Samsung messaging?
BTW does MMS work for you?
Textra Might be the problem, i used to use Textra years ago but found i wasn't reciving most of my MMS's, who knows if i wasnt getting SMSs either... I now use Android Messages. Maybe try removing Textra completly and see if things work with Android Messages.
Also did you ever own an iPhone? you need to disable iMessage if so, as any sms from iPhones will still be sending it to iMessage if your number is still linked.
>It's pretty clear they are waiting for RCS to lift off so they can implement an RCS client.
They already did. RCS is even enabled in some countries on some carriers.
Allo has (as far as anyone is aware of), zero SMS/RCS code. Allo is not delving into RCS.
Just download Android Messages. For HTC Mail just uninstall the Chrome latest update.
Android Messages from Google
The problem with your app is that it will probably not attract a lot of users. People are satisfied with whatever online messenger they are using now. SMS is dead. Who still uses that?
That's the default text message app on my phone. You can install it on whatever Android phone you have and then select the text and turn notifications off.
Try to restore the Android Message apps to factory default by unistalling it from the play store and then disable auto update for that app (via the 3 dots un the upper right corner of the screen).
I've had this problem just after the playstore pushed an update that enabled RCS in the sms client.
My phone was unable to charge when plugged in a usb 2.0 port of my pc and also some discharge occured when the screen was on, even in idle.
After restoring to the factory Android Messages and rebooting, the phone returned to the normal charging behaviour.
The battery drain should only happen if the carrier support the RCS protocol (ex: Vodafone in Italy), my brother have the same ze520kl but with h3g carrier and his phone have not suffered from the drain.
I've been using Android Messages for years and it allows it.
Check it out:
It works on any phone. You just need the application to support RCS. Android Messages, along with a few others, supports RCS.
Hope this helps.
Okay, I made some progress. I clicked the "info" hyperlink in Hangouts for the error in my OP. It suggested installing the SMS app "Android Messages" (linked below). So I installed that and set it as the default SMS app. Then I tested it and it didn't work. So I uninstalled it. And then noticed the error/warning in Hangouts was gone. It looks normal now. I did a test MMS and it popped up on my friends Hangouts, not their SMS app. I did another test MMS to an iPhone friend and it wouldn't send. So I re-installed Android Messages again and it still doesn't work. But now when I opened Hangouts I had a new warning/error asking me if I wanted to:
And so I sent another test MMS in Hangouts to my iPhone friend, and it worked!
I still have Android Messages installed but it's not the default SMS app.
Btw, this is on stock OxygenOS 8.0. I'm going to flash a custom ROM (Resurrection Remix 8.1) and test that now.
The Android Messages app. I can't guarantee that it'll work for you, but worth trying anyway. You'll need to set it as the default messaging app on your phone. You can always uninstall it if it doesn't help. [link]
Try using another app such as Android Messages or Textra
Here is a duplicate thread about the same problem. I have posted detailed steps for Google to reproduce the issue using the Google Messenger app on on stock 8.1.0 Dec 5, 2017. [link]
Even when I do this and talk very loud, it still plays back unusually quiet. I have to talk very loud into the bottom mic of the phone with my mouth 1 inch from the phone. The gain is too low or the app doesn't realize it should be in speaker phone mode.
I guess they renamed it, but yes that's it
I'm in the UK;
Have you tried a different SMS app, with the same results?
I don't know what that model has on it by default, but I use Android Messages on my Pixel.
Pretty sure it's this one.
Have you tried using a difference text messaging app like Android Messages to make sure this isn't an app issue? Also, did you try checking for any phone updates or updates to your current text messaging app?
In Android 7.0 and above, Google added the ability to respond directly to text messages or update task lists from within the notification dialog but the app has to support it. I do not know what version of Android you are running (but it looks like your device can get 7.0 as an update) and I am not sure about Message Plus having this ability but I do know that Google's Android Messages does support this feature.
Google message app.
I'm just using the stock Messaging app that comes with Android. I haven't tried another others. Do you mean this Google Messenger app?
No matter the settings, I can't figure out how to make my message app have a unique ringtone and turn off vibration. The notification ringtone in the general Android settings seems to override the messages notification selection, and although vibrate isn't selected, messages still vibrate! Very jarring in the middle of the night.
Edit: I use this Messages app: [link]
What app are you using? The default Android Messages app?
I'm assuming that the order is fine in other messaging apps, like Android Messages. If so, the issue lies with the stock app, and clearing the app's cache and data should resolve the issue (make sure to backup your sms messages first), but if not then factory data reset seems to be a last resort in which case you will loose all your data that you don't backup (photos, music, texts, etc.)
You could always use: Android Messages and Google Contacts. There is a web version for Google Contacts, which is convenient.
That's the messager I use and it allowed gifs being sent
There are probably loads but personally I just use Google's Android Messages app. It'll convert to MMS automatically if you insert an image so make sure you aren't charged extra for those (I am, so I avoid MMS and use WhatsApp).
Anyway, here it is if you want to try out:
Does it support sending messages over wifi or data network? Currently using Android Messages for this feature alone.
Yes, this is the one. For some reason, I thought it was just called Messenger before.
Part of why I don't use Samsung messenger app. I use Android Messages. Images show up normal, can tap view full screen, and you have to hit the save icon to save to gallery. Also allows a bit more customization, color coding individual message threads with different contacts.
Have really used Samsung's messenger since I had a Galaxy S4.
Definitely try a different texting/messaging app. Try Google's messaging app "Android Messages" [link]
If you're still having issues, check the APN settings. Go to settings> more > cellular networks > access point names > tap "menu" (three bars on upper right) "reset default" > Make sure "fast.t-mobile.com" is the chosen APN.
If the APN isn't the issue, perhaps its the WiFi calling feature. Go to settings > more > Wi-Fi calling > turn it off. Does this fix the issue? You can also try leaving it on, but change the settting to "Cellular Preferred" instead of "Wi-Fi preffered".
For SMS can you use a different messenger app? I use the Android Messages app as I can block them, technically I still get them but it doesn't alert me and deletes them.
For email I use Outlook, it lets me add domains (e.g. @spamemail.com) to a block list so I don't get them at all. I also set up rules with spam words to auto-delete email.
Its a never ending fight I'm afraid but I find those two things cut out 99% of spam.
Worked fine for me.
The other app is there, but it's no longer default so it doesn't really matter
Have you tried using a different Messaging app? I prefer Google's "Android Messages" app over the stock one. [link]
just download google texting app, not sure if you can change the colors but its pretty much like stock android design.
When you say stock messages app, do you mean stock stock or the garbage one that Samsung includes on it's phones?
Try Android Messages (The stock Android messaging app.) I believe it may also support wifi messaging on Verizon.
I'm using a Verizon Note 3 at the moment, and just like you, the stock app wouldn't work with Cricket. I'd suggest using ~~Google Messenger~~ Android Messages app since I assume the Pixel XL is a Verizon-branded phone.
For those not on Fi, there's still a 1st party app for it.
It's one of many Google apps that comes pre-installed on the Pixel.
For now I use Google's SMS app Android Messages
Ah yep, that'd be RCS (upcoming SMS replacement that is not yet standardized into Android OS).
You could use SMS sync and switch to using Google's SMS app ([link]). If you don't like it you can switch back without doing any harm.
Have you tried changing your default messaging app on your phone for a while (Android Messages, Textra, etc)?
I always liked this. It seemed to work the best for me.
Seems like Samsung has their own SMS app and unfortunately that's not in the Play Store for me to test.
However, I've been using the Android Messages app with good results:
Based on other posts, I'm guessing that there might be something odd with the Samsung SMS app.
Have you tried:
Which app is that? Is it Android Messages?
Or does Samsung have something custom on their phones?
Ah cool, I guess things are different on the Honor 8 vs P9 regarding stopping apps in the background. All the better!
Regarding not showing up on the phone--that's sort of what I was afraid of. The API we use to send messages should also write them to the history for us (we can't write them ourselves since we are not your default SMS app).
Could you try using Android Messages as your default SMS app to see if it helps? We've had this reported as helping for others. You can grab it here: [link]
(Swapping default SMS app is easy and you can always swap back so it's not permanent.)
Feel free to message or reply here and let me know what turns up :)
Not sure what you have set as your sms app but Hangouts stopped working as a sms app just recently. If you are using hangouts try installing Android Messenger or some other sort of sms app.
As for the calling, honestly, I don't thing Hangouts should affect your ability to make calls but IDK.
P.S. This reminds me of when I switched to a new slimmer sim card for my new phone. For a day or two one of my phones could make and receive calls but the other could only make calls not receive them. If nothing else works you might want to call your phone provider to make sure no uncoordinated changes were made to your account.
> People want to use first party software, not third party.
I think maybe you mean people want to use stock apps or maybe even made by a "trusted" developer?
Hangouts isn't a first party SMS app. That would imply Google was somehow responsible for SMS.
It's a stock app because it came with your phone. Every phone will have a stock (default ) SMS app shipped with their phones; Samsung, LG, Apple, Google, they all have their own SMS apps, but they're just as third party as Textra. You just have trust in the larger company that made the phone.
Hangouts was briefly packaged as the stock SMS app on Google's flavour of Android, but that's Android Messages now.
If you have an android device install android messages (Google's SMS App) from the play store - [link]
Everytime you get a spam SMS just long press on it and press the circle with a cross on it at the top (mark it as spam). Do this for a few days and volume of spam will very quickly drop down to near zero.
Use a different SMS app. I know definitely the AOSP one has this option, so Android messages should have it too. [link]
So RCS probably doesn't work on these carriers. But if you want SMS and data messaging, try Android Messages:
It's the reason why Google removed SMS from Hangouts. RCS is similar to hangouts where you require data to send messages and you can send pictures and stuff over data not SMS.
There's an option for "Advanced features" (RCS) in the app settings if your carriers support it.
Or use Signal. It's a simple application.
That I don't know. Another solution might be to use Google's messages app instead of samsungs if you want to send your own gifs.
Android Messages has a full watch app. Is there any particular reason you're using the Verizon app?
Also, you can send texts through Google Assistant.
If you really want to use the FP voice and text, I think the stock Android messenger app should connect to it.
Edit: Maybe I was wrong. I will have to test this out.
I actually meant, can you send MMS using the Messages app?
I use the android messenger app for my texts, with it you will not only receive texts but also MMS texts and pictures. I could not find another app that would allow me to receive MMS pictures on my watch.
Neither Android Messages nor Carrier Services updated yesterday. Idk where you got that info from.
Android Messages last updated March 3
Carrier Services last updated March 29
At the bottom under "Additional Information" it has the date it was last updated.
Ah, well I guess I've got a lot of work ahead of me. How does Nova affect battery life?
Also, what's Google Messages? I found Android Messages on the play store, but can't find a Google Messages. The Android Messages that I found had some rough reviews.
A friend suggested Signal. Do you have any experience with that?
Could anyone explain to me if there is a technical hurdle that Google is unable to jump? Because, Google already has an app that does SMS and it sounds like a completely trivial thing to integrate into whatever app they want.
Android messenger might be a good alternative for you [link]
It sounds like it could be their phone. I love Google Messenger. It's their free app that is just like Textra, but better.
I have a Nexus 6p and the messages I get are fine with the default app.
I used to use MySms and loved it because it's very customizable with ringtones, notification lights, backgrounds, etc. You can also have messages sent t your computer and text from there. It's also free if you don't want the extra stuff that I find superfluous.
The other app I use often is Facebook Messenger. Of course they have to be on Facebook, but if they are it's the best option for picture messages.
Which phone? Which Messenging app?
Also if you mean SMS app then try [link]
He is talking about this: [link]
You just install the standard sms app from google: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.messaging
Then it should prompt you to enable it if the carrier has implemented it. Later any sms app should be able to implement it.
Probably should add Google Messenger as well.
I'm gonna guess it's Google Messanger
Google's Messenger [link]
>Messenger has been completely redesigned to make conversations easier, faster, and more fun.
>Here are a few of the new features:
• Simple design, quick photo sharing, and top contacts one tap away
• Enhanced features that let you send messages over Wi-Fi or your data network, see when friends are typing, and more (some carriers only)
• Unread messages indicator on your Messenger’s home screen icon (some Android phones only)
• Android N compatibility
Emphasis mine. Pretty sure the need to send messages over wi-Fi ties into Home. I'm sure later on Google will release API's that let other apps tie into this so you can use the SMS communication app of your preference. First they need to factor in certain security protocols. What is to stop someone from using GH to impersonate you by text. Ensuring that Texts sent by GH show up in the SMS app so you are not missing or oblivious to part of the conversation etc.
I used to use Handcent but it got super bloated and didn't properly support dual sim on OP3.
I currently use the google messenger app ([link]) and it works really well, including group messages.
Google's Messenger. :)
Not a confusing name at all!
Works fine for me!
SMS on Hangouts have limited features, maybe you can try Messenger instead?
If you install google messenger on your phone and select it as your main texting app , you will receive all MMS pictures on your phone and watch. You will be able to go and see old pictures on your watch as long as they are available on your phone.
TL;DR: On the S7, use the native Messages app, not Google Messenger.
I may have figured it out. Background: I use the Google Messenger app instead of the native app because it is more advanced, has a better UX, and lacks gimmicks.
I put the phone in airplane mode but turned wifi back on. This locks out access to Sprint towers or the Airave, preventing it from affecting things. Wifi calling lit back up within a minute.
I sent a plain text to another phone. It left quickly. Then I sent a MMS text, just one picture, to the other phone, and it never sent. Messenger said it was trying to send, but eventually timed out and offered to retry. I did it again, same thing.
So I deleted that text and switched to the S7's native Messages app. Did the same thing. A plain text went quickly. A picture message also sent quickly (!). I tried a different picture, also sent quickly. Eureka!
What is the difference? Isn't the APN list stored centrally on the phone, in an app-independent area? If so, wouldn't the Google Messenger app use it, too? Or are there Sprint-specific tweaks on the S7's native Messages app that allows it to work over wifi?
Well this is somewhat better. Try using a different texting app. The best are:
Is it fixed yet?
Did you try changing to a different SMS app, like Google Messenger or Textra?
Interesting. I wonder if they changed it from 3.2.x to 3.5.x. The one in the 3.2.x series was google stock messenger.
Can you install it from here? [link]
It does. Though I'd recommend Google's Messenger app if you're on Android. Its a lot cleaner and simpler and also has the archive functionality.
I use Hangouts because I use Google Voice which integrates well with Hangouts.
Oh wait, so, if I have "forward SMS to Messages app" enabled, will a copy of that SMS still show up in GV? For example, I use Google Messenger on Android as my main SMS. I also have GV installed, but only use it to check voicemail. All my texts are still captured by GV, which is what I want. Can I get something like that with the iPhone? It sounds like I can use Apple Messages in the same capacity as Google Messenger
Any phone can use SMS to text. It's the protocol that existed before smartphones. It sends from one phone number to another. You may have noticed that on a cellular plan you are paying for Minutes, Texts/SMS, and Data. iMessage can send SMS, so can Hangouts, so can FB Messenger, and a lot of other apps.
"IM" or Instant Messaging ditches the SMS protocol to use your Data connection to send the message. This will not count against your text/SMS allotment (most plans are unlimited these days anyways). If you're on wifi, it's essentially getting sent through your home network and doesn't use your cell phone provider's towers at all. So these IMs don't count towards your text/SMS or your Data cap. Once you go out away from a wifi signal, then obviously it will use a 3G/4G cellular connection to send the message.
Some other benefits of IM are that you can add advanced features like read receipts, stickers, photo/video, or any other kind of data that can be sent over the internet. SMS is text only, so only emoticons, and no emoji/stickers. You also don't need to know someone's phone number to message them over IM if there's a login associated with the IM service. For instance, if you're on FB, you can IM a friend without telling them your phone number. This also helps for those times where you've lost your phone or it's broken. You can chat via the web while waiting for your new phone. You also don't need to send them a message with your new phone number to begin talking to them again. Just install the IM app and you're right back to where you left off.
Now that I've explained the difference between SMS and IM, you'll have several options on Android for handling either one.
Your iPhone friends don't have to change a thing. They are free to keep using iMessage. They will however need to switch over to communicating via SMS to your phone instead. Oh, and iPhones were weird at one time about not getting this right... you may want to make sure you disable iMessage on your iPhone before switching over to your Android phone.
On Android, there's options. Too many of them. Even Google has multiple SMS apps. There's a default SMS app called Messaging on my phone, although that may be a relic from AOSP. There's also Google Messenger and Hangouts. For IM, you can also use Hangouts, but they just introduced Allo (which is also available on iOS). Apparently Allo will get SMS support in the future, but it currently only does IM. Then there's the other apps like Whatsapp and FB Messenger and Kik and so on.
They actually have that already. I use it as my daily SMS app, and it's pretty slick, actually. I like it better than hangouts for SMS.
Welcome to the light side lol
my wife and I shared a calendar on iOS under our gmail accounts, can I do that here? ([link])
visual voicemail? (Download the T-Mobile visual voicemail app)
is there a way to make Google photos my default photo gallery? I don't even want photos to be stored in gallery or anything. ([link], [link])
any good sms apps? Does hangouts (preinstalled fyi) work as an sms app or is it another mms chat client? (I just use the default Google messaging app - ([link])
Sorry for the quick and ugly reply. In a rush but wanted to help you.
I use the new Messenger app by Google.
What exactly are you looking for in a messaging app?
Have you tried Google Messenger?
If that works, it's an app issue. If it has the same problem, it's more likely your provider. Can you try and post feedback here?
I'll have to look it up but it's a nice clean looking app. Doesn't say here but I'll look more
Try installing the google messenger app. I personally like it more than the stock app.
Care to try another app? Maybe the issue is from your device's native messaging app
Google's Messenger: [link]
Facebook messenger: [link]
Hangouts lack some serious feature parity. With not just Textra, even Google's own Messenger is far better than their Hangouts. Afaik, Hangouts cannot send a Voice MMS to any phone number. Messenger on the otoh..
Also for me, I also like to keep my texting away from my gtalk contacts, I don't even want to announce my presence to my gtalk contacts, I dont even like to see those on my phone. But if I use Hangouts as my (S,M)MS app, that all gets murky..
It's on the Play Store, so maybe it's available to more devices. I do have a Nexus 5X, though, so not sure.
The default messaging app on the Moto X Pure/Style is the one by Motorola which I don't use. You can find plenty of alternatives, including the ones I just mentioned, in the Play Store.
Google Hangouts: [link]
This message client from Google? I'll try it and get back to you and see if I get any lag.
doesn't this already come on every android OS?
It came on my 6P, my LG G2, my Mytouch 4G, etc... There's always been a basic built in messaging app and it's what I've always (still do) use. It just works. Numerous others fail in some way shape or form.
I assume you mean this one: [link]
Picture messages will not download for me at all.
I've been using Google Messenger, but it's not the stock one. I haven't tried many others but I think this one suits my needs so far. The only thing I really care is quick reply, and I think iOS did it really well (although it wasn't implemented until iOS 8, but still).
The keyboard is swiftkey.
Yep. Link. Looks like they're trying to compete with Textra, etc. Haven't tried it, I use Google Voice heavily so I'm tied to Hangouts.
you forgot Messenger, it's what I use - [link]
You could try google's messenger app
could consider trying the Messenger app from Google and see if that helps any (it also includes a full wear app for reading messages locally on your watch outside of notifications)
Google Messenger can mute and also looks pretty nice.
Coming from a Samsung S5 running CM13.
First of all, download Nova Launcher and set the icons to Marshmallow. It replaces LG's shitty home screen iOS wannabe.
Next, if you hate the LG texting app as much as I do, get Google Messenger.
OK, now we're almost back to sanity!
Unfortunately, it seems like System UI Tuner has been removed. They also removed the circle battery icon that was introduced Lollipop, which I preferred.
If I could modify my notification bar and get stock emojis back, I'd be happy.
Waiting for a root...
I have a Moto X 2 also. I didn't like the stock texting app, so I downloaded Google Messenger. Google Messenger is an app made by Google as an alternative to rubbish SMS messenging apps like the one found on the Moto X 2nd gen.
This is gonna sound dumb but i gotta ask, you do have the google messenger app installed and set as default messenger app on your phone correct?
What texting app are you using on your phone? It might not be using an actual reply button and instead is using a button labeled reply that opens the conversation on your phone. Try using Google Messenger or Textra instead of what you're currently using and see if that fixes the problem.
phone doesnt matter! its the app so maybe your app doesnt have that option. if you want an app that does, then here! [link]
i just Enjoy Google's messenger app over any other messaging app. also i do have a nexus so its stock for me.
Are you referring to Google's Messenger app? This is my default SMS app and it works with this perfectly, even if I am in Maps Driving Mode.
I'm using Google Messenger and it allows you to set specific message tones for each person
>I switched my number from an AT&T iPhone
>Skip to August 2015 when I get added to a group MMS
Group MMS is a known issue for anyone that has switched from an iPhone. Apple claims to have fixed these problems, but they only fixed it for individual messages, the problem still plagues group messaging. This is a problem created by Apple, and can only be fixed by Apple. Problem is they don't care.
Refer to this recent thread from /r/Android:
In regards to this part of your comment:
>I decide to switch to the Messaging app, the group MMS seemed to work just fine but the app was miserable and i don't think there was a way to turn the notifications for a group message off
There are actually TWO ways to turn off notifications for a group message thread in the Messenger app.
Either of these methods will turn off notifications for that group message thread only. You will continue to receive notifications for other message threads.
I would recommend resetting your Access Point Names (APN) to default.
The SIM should auto-populate the list of options for you. Make sure your data is on even while on wifi. If you're using hangouts, I am sorry, try using a better application.
But google has implemented this in their texting app long ago?
Why don't people just use the Google SMS app, Messenger. It has quick reply and you can send videos and stickers and your location and pictures and whatever else you want.....
Hangouts was so bad that, thankfully, Google released Messenger.
They have two apps called Messenger - the AOSP one, and then the superior Google one on the Play Store. Unless they rolled that one into AOSP in Marshmallow (which I do not have).
Ok, so I have managed to flash it with CWM recovery but there is a problem with Wifi, namely it doesn't see 5Ghz networks. One day before it did with Android original ROM.
One more thing is that I don't have the messaging app after coming from 5.1.1. I have seen this [link] but the link there is dead. Any ideas?
EDIT: I have installed [link] and it works
Besides that I can already say that I love it:)
Have you tried Google messenger?
Hangouts is the default on my device (I have a Nexus 5), but I don't use Hangouts for normal texting. I use the Google Voice app (I don't have a carrier, I just text/call from my Google Voice number). There is an option for me to merge Google Voice into Hangouts, but Hangouts doesn't have a search function, and that's a deal breaker with texting for me.
I'd personally use Google Messenger if they had Google Voice support (Google Messenger is a SMS/MMS app, kind of like your default texting app). There's also Textra that you may want to try out. Download one of them and give it a shot, if you don't like it you can always switch to another one.
Most SMS apps support calling the contact directly from the text message (although it make take 2 taps to do it instead of 1). You should take a look at Google's own Messenger app or the highly customizable Textra and see which is able to do it better for you. There's also chomp SMS, Handcent, and EvolveSMS if those first 2 don't work well for you.
Sorry about the misunderstanding.
I'm not sure what you mean by "require [you] to specifically download MMS", but I find the Google Messenger app to be really simple, clean and functional. I don't use MMS, so perhaps someone else can speak to the MMS experience using it.
Download and install this:
It will replace Hangouts as your default SMS application.
What? You got two apps? Messenger was pre-installed on my OP2. It's also the default SMS app for Nexus devices as well. Play Store said it's already installed too and I certainly see no other app called Messenger except Facebook's Messenger.
This is probably your default SMS app not letting us send texts while the screen is off or locked. Try switching to Google Messenger ([link]) to see if it helps.
Not third party but works great. If you want to use a thrid party app then textra is pretty good.
Just do it! It's much better and it won't lag when you're scrolling through a conversation.
I think you're confusing Google Messenger with the AOSP messaging app.
Google Messenger looks much better than Hangouts. Material goodness.
What about Google Messenger?
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.
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.)
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]
Messenger is pretty good.
I don't use Hangouts anymore, outside of VM's.
Check it out.
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?
Messenger by Google: [link]
Try the apps from Google for that:
I use these and don't have any issues with sending emojis to iPhone users.
I use Google messenger as my text messaging app. It's the stock text app on nexus phones. It shows you the message as well as the ability to reply to it without actually jumping into the app. Give it a shot.
If you're on Verizon, the "stock" messaging app would be "Messages." If you go to Settings>Applications>Default Applications you can make your choice there.
I'm in a similar boat as you - have had a Windows Phone for the past four years, and jumped to the S6. Over the last week, I started out on messages, went to hangouts, and then downloaded Google Messenger and have stuck with that for right now. [link] I think the stock Messages app is probably the best, but I'm just trying each one out to see how they all work.
Same problem here.
I was able to send sms messages by disabling the merged conversations option (Settings > SMS > Enable merged conversations).
But now every time I want to send an SMS I get this screen:
Also stupid because I don't have a Google Voice number. It isn't even available in Europe.
Someone at the Hangouts team messed up big time.
For those who want to be able to SMS until this is fixed, you could try to install the Google Messenger app: [link]
Not hangouts.. Messenger. Not Messaging. They're integrating features that are already in Messenger into Hangouts. Why Messenger exists in the first place still puzzles me
Looks like messenger
Messenger by Google does this. It has global notification options in the main settings, and you can set specific notification options for each conversation.
I was having the same problem. The new messaging app in cm12 is a stripped down version of Google Messenger.
Just download it off the play store and set it as your default. They're virtually the same with messenger having a few extra features.
Link: Play Store
I doubt it will solve your main problem of profile pictures but you can try Google messenger. It does group messaging very well. It's made by Google so I'm assuming it will support showing content on your watch. As for the picture, Google stuff will show Google plus profile pictures. That's it. Samsung dialer and messaging tries to search both Facebook and Google displays whatever is available but I don't expect Google to work nicely with Facebook.
Edit: link to messenger [link]
If you use Hangouts only for texting then you should try Google Messenger.
Google has their own SMS app
I mean official google messenger.
Which messaging app? Have you tried Google's messaging app?
I haven't had a problem since I started using Messenger
I'd recommend using Google's Messenger as your default messaging app. It is very light and simple.
I haven't noticed any issues, but I use Google's Messenger app instead of the stock texting app.
Glad to help. I'm afraid I don't have any experience with Spotify playlists. But regarding why I prefer android, since you ask:
1) I like to tinker
As far as aesthetics, once you can replace launchers and icon packs and use all the widgets you want, the iPhone system of putting all your apps in a big slush pile on the home screen seems a little maddeningly basic to me. As far as apps go, if I can think of a modification I would like to make to my phone, I can probably make it. If I want to save battery by turning on GPS only when maps is running, I can do that. It I want certain numbers to be able to ring me, others to go to voicemail, and others to not have an opportunity to leave a voicemail, I can do that. Etc.
2) An android device can be more of a computer.
The iPhone doesn't want you to think about directories and files. This is a valid choice, most people don't want to have to think about that. But I want to be able to pick up my phone, go into my downloads directory in my file manager, click a file, and if it is a jpeg, choose if I want it to edit it in this program or that, email it, upload it to my dropbox, etc.
Also, the iPhone does not want you to install any programs on it that apple does not okay. This has advantages, curating everything, for example in battery life. But also disadvantages. I would not want to call up Asus and get their okay every time I want to install a program on my Asus laptop. With Google I just have to check a box in settings saying I would like to allow outside programs to run, then can run every last mad thing.
I want to just be able to copy my music and music to the phone as I like, without any arbitrary syncing business.
By this way, regarding your issue with messenger downloading all your images. Would that be like a stock Samsung SMS app you are talking about?
If so, maybe try a different SMS app as your default one? I use this one by google and find it to be just fine
I see the galaxy alpha shipped with 4.4.4 KitKat, maybe these instructions for how to do that will help.
While you are at it, I'll mention that you are able to change out all sorts of things, like the keyboard too. I never liked the Samsung one, but the Google one, with its ability to type with swiping, is quite nice imo.
Also, try playing around with Google Now. It's great. [link]
Now a feature in latest version of Google Messenger
It's googles own app [link]
I would try using a different text messaging app. Have you tried Messenger? FWIW I have a Z2 and two Z3Cs on my account and none are having this problem (all using Messenger for texts and group MMS).
Looks pretty cool, and is probably a good choice. I personally like Google Messenger though, so I use that. Check that out aswell!
I use this one too. I don't need a fancy app. This app is better than the stock app, which is good enough for me.
No. I mean this app...
Google Messenger (not to be confused with Facebook Messenger or the stock Messaging app) handles MMS quite nicely. Get it here.
Gotcha. I use Google voice so I can only use hangouts but you might want to try Google messenger if you don't care about switching & integration. I can't switch so I guess I'll just wait.
Textra is simply amazing. It feels like the Google Messenger app but on steroids and it's miles better!
I prefer the SMS app that comes install, because if not, SMS could be duplicated. If you are not happy with this app you can check a Google app called Messenger to manage SMS: [link]
Check out Google Messenger too. Even prettier, albeit not as feature-rich.
I secong Google Messenger. Simple and effective. I have tried maybe some 5 different SMS apps and haven't had the need to look around since installing Google Messenger.
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.
For anyone worrying switching messaging apps might fix it. This one is aosp app that comes as standard on the Google pixel (it can be installed on any android device).
No. As I stated, it is for Android Messages.
The Google Messenger app.
And I want to text even when my phone is off.
I thought this was pre-installed on devices
i use the messenger app and then i use mighty text to sms from my mac.
Have you checked out Messenger? It's from Google and faster then Textra.
Europe is strongly Android as well.
Great Britain, Japan, and the US it's closer to 50/50, but that's even still that's 50% of the population without iMessage.
And hay, look, this is available for install: [link]
Not to mention side-loading is much more common on Android.
no.. use Messenger instead.. way better and still a Google Inc. App
So, we don't have code in our app related to wifi or your screen being on. These are unfortunately entirely outside of our app / service which makes fixing them not in our control.
If texts only send when your screen is on, your phone or primary SMS app isn't letting us send them when the screen is off. Try switching to another SMS app (like Google's Messenger) to see if it helps (has for others).
It sounds like messages also don't send when you're on wifi. Are you in an office? My guess is the wifi in your office is blocking our messages to your phone, thus making us unable to send texts on your behalf :(
Or you could just download Google's Messenger App and just use hangouts for video calling which is what it's meant for.
Upvote if you think you should just use Messenger for texting
You can check out Messenger here
I don't think there's a way to block numbers on the default messaging app.
But I highly recommend downloading the Google Messenger app, it's got great material design and is really where Google is putting their focus right now.
There you can go to "People & options" in a chat and block the number.
Replace your default text Msg app with Google messenger. [link] you'll have a much better texting experience amd won't have issues like this
Ironically, Hangouts doesn't have a basic search function, so the app is a non-starter for me. I tried using it as my main SMS app for a few months and it would drive me absolutely nuts when every once in a while I needed to search for something but couldn't.
Then I started to realize that there are other apps out there that look ten times better.
I ended up switching to Messenger.
All the people apparently having problems with group messaging - wouldn't just using a
different SMS app (such as Google Messenger or Textra) solve your issues?
Didn't they have Messages app? (release by google)
if you asked for link by device. they have hangouts or Allo (this app ondevelop so very messy)
Except now it looks like Google is moving away from that.