Google’s New Messenger App is Free to Download



Google’s new Messenger app follows the company’s Material Design philosophy – flat icons, happy color palettes, non-textured look. And yes, Google Hangouts can still be used, as of this writing, as a separate messenger app.

The new Google Messenger app is the default messenger app for Android 5.0 Lollipop. It looks too “simple” for me, having been used to my LG G3‘s default messaging app. Also, this looks a bit like another flatly-designed messaging app, Textra.

Here are the key features:

  • 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.

Download the new Google Messaging app here.



Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for