When new devices are officially announced, the Android fans go wild. It doesn’t matter which manufacturer they like the most, or what they can afford. Any device announcement is met with open and embracing arms. While most enthusiasts just look at the form of the device, there are those who examine every part of the picture.
Upon closer examination, one might notice a major change. Hangouts has been replaced with a mysterious new app on the home screen. This icon has been discovered to be called Messenger thanks to the video here.
A Google spokesperson commented on the new app stating that:
Messenger and Hangouts offer users choice, each have their own benefits. Hangouts work great for cross platform (web, iOS, Android) and cross medium communications (video, voice,messaging, SMS). Messenger will be specially designed to be a quick and easy way to send and receive SMS and MMS messages on Android; more to come (Nexus 6 will come with both apps).
Judging by the wording of the above statement, it is safe to say that the Hangouts central hub of communications didn’t work out too well for Google. So far, what has been gathered is that Messenger offers purely SMS and MMS functionality that will operate at a higher level than what Hangouts currently has.
The note “more to come” most likely means that more information will follow, but there is a possibility that they could be hinting that more features will be added to this new Messenger app.
What is clear is that Hangouts is not completely replacing a standalone SMS/MMS app. I personally am interested to see which one is set up for use as default. I am certain that it is the Messenger app, but one is never sure with Google. For those getting the new Nexus 6, be sure to let us know what you think about Messenger and the device as a whole when it is finally in your possession!