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Why You Should Make Android Messages Your Default Messenger

The revamped Android Messages app offers a ton of new features to elevate your conversations. Think of it as a total texting makeover. If you use Android, you’ll want to set it as your default messenger from now on.

Text and share from any device

Android Messages offers a more intuitive texting experience – and the most fluidity in switching between devices. Free messaging over Wi-Fi is practically a given. The bigger update is that Messages for Web now lets you send messages from a desktop computer, so you can pick up a conversation from any devices linked to your account. And photo sharing is better than ever: send high-quality photos without lags or loss in quality.

Get savvy with intuitive new tools

The Messages app now integrates Google Assistant, so you can use voice command to dictate texts. Smart replies, suggested based on the last message received, let you continue a conversation with one tap. Think “OK, sounds good,” “I’m on my way” and “Thank you!” (No, thank you, Google Assistant.)

In-app Link Previews let you see thumbnails, headers and text snippets when someone messages you a URL. And if you get a one-time login or verification code via Messages, like for 2-factor authentication or a password reset, you can tap to copy it directly from the notification pop-up, eliminating a tedious extra step.

Send cooler custom messages

Android is an open-source platform, so it’s only fitting that its messaging app is the most customizable out there. For instance, you can pick any color for chat bubbles (blue vs. green is over). Add stickers or doodles to dress it up. The texting app also supports GIF search now, so you can drive your point home with the perfect GIF. And if you want to make sure your tone gets through, you can record and send voice notes.

Ready to take the new Android Messages for a spin? Try it in person on the latest Android devices at U.S. Cellular®.