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Google renames ‘Android Messages’ to ‘Messages’ on Play Store because short is good

Google initially launched the app with the name ‘Messenger’ back in 2014.

  • Published: October 12, 2018 4:15 PM IST
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‘Android Messages’, the default SMS and MMS app that comes with Google Pixel devices has received a small change today. Google has just renamed the app from ‘Android Messages’ to ‘Messages’ on the official Play Store listing on the app. It is likely that this has been done to simplify things and make the name consistent because it is not like the app is being used on any other operating system. The thing to note here is that this is the second name change for the app in the last one-and-a-half years. The company initially launched the app with the name ‘Messenger’ back in 2014.

It is likely that the reason for Google to make the first name change from ‘Messenger’ to ‘Android Messages’ was to ensure that people do not confuse the app with Facebook Messenger. According to Android Police, it is worth noting that the listing change on Google Play Store is not going to change the name of the app in your app drawer. On that note, the app is already named ‘Messages’ on your app drawer instead of ‘Android Messages’ so making the change in the listing is making the name consistent with how it appears on smartphones.

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Going for the previous listing name as the actual name of the app to appear on the app drawers would just have made things redundant because the app is already running on Android.

This comes right after it was revealed that Google is planning to shut down its experimental app ‘Reply’ that brought the smart replies features to other third-party chat apps.

  • Published Date: October 12, 2018 4:15 PM IST