At some point in the near future, just about every app on your Android device will make use of Google’s beautiful new Material Design. Until then, each and every new app with a user interface that follows the design principles of Material Design will be noteworthy, because it will provide a much more logical and attractive interface than its predecessors.
The latest such app comes from Google itself, and you need to download it immediately as a replacement for your Android phone’s stock SMS app.
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Here’s the description of Google’s new free messaging app from its Google Play page:
Stay in touch with friends and family. Messenger from Google is a communications app that helps you send and receive SMS and MMS messages to any phone. You can also send group texts as well as your favorite pictures, videos and even audio messages to your contacts.
• Faster sharing: Select or take pictures and videos directly from the app and share easily. You can even send audio messages to your contacts.
• Easy search: Search through contacts and conversation threads to find exactly what you are looking for.
• Purposeful design: New, fluid, material design that is intuitive and delightful.
• More control: Ability to block SMS senders. No interruptions when you don’t want them!
• More features: audio messages, emoji support, colored text threads, message archiving and more.
Messenger is supported on devices running Android™ 4.1, Jelly Bean, and above.