Pre installed garbage I can't uninstall without rooting my phone thus voiding the warranty. I've never used it and I never will just like all the other pre installed junk. It's sad when a company has to pay Verizon/art/ECT to force people to download their trash app. I would give 0* but it won't let me.
Google, please don't drop Hangouts! I have multiple Android devices... some just sit in the other room for when I need Google - my phone isn't always on me when I'm at home. Hangouts is great because I can continue/start a conversation between my Android devices, Windows or Mac. Allo/Duo is tied to a phone no. And there is no way to use them on my Windows or Mac. Uninstalled Allo/Duo... they are of no use at all. EDIT: now less useful as Hangouts has dropped SMS support and I have to use another messaging app. Google - where are you going with 4-5 different messaging apps?
You still can't search your conversation history, not even in the Gmail app. You have to search on the desktop version for this. Hangouts is also still extremely laggy, and contact photos occasionally disappear unless I leave and reenter a conversation. Photos take forever to change to full resolution when viewing them in a conversation. And just like that, Google somehow made it even worse by getting rid of combined SMS conversations, arguably the ONE good feature this garbage had going for it.
Used to be great but Google's decision to splinter their messaging offering means that this is now a terrible product. Allo, Duo, and Messenger all need to be a single, unified messaging experience.
I don't get notifications most of the time so when I get a message I don't even know I have a message from the person I'm texting and it's super annoying other than that I love using this app
I don't know anyone who uses it. And it's very frustrating that I can't get rid of it...
• Bug fixes and performance improvements
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