Best messaging app I seriously think this is one of the best messaging apps right now on Android. It has enough options for a normal group chat, it has cross-platform support, and it's a Google app. I really wish Google would focus on this app more though rather than making another redundant app *cough* Allo *cough* that will disappear in the next couple years due to its lack of features.
Miss merged conversations That was an awesome feature that I really miss and drove me to change apps for SMS
Nice But notifications are not delivered unless you open the app
Emoji Enter Button is a Dealbreaker Why would they do this? It's a no brainer. You don't make the enter button default to emoji. That just makes absolutely no sense whatsover. Going back to old messaging app. Google I tried but just doesn't work for me.
All my chat needs in one place My one stop shop for chatting with both Android and iPhone (via SMS) users. Quick, easy to use, simple interface. It was 5 stars, but they lost one when they removed merged conversations. It was NOT complicated and I used it all the time. Lost the other star when they started pushing the half-baked Allo app at the expense of Hangouts. If they had SMS fail over and Google Assistant in Hangouts, it would easily rival iMessage. But Google hates the Hangouts community apparently.
• Bug fixes and performance improvements