Over half of our readers say they will use Google Messages more now that it has support from the big three carriers

Google Mesages on a Pixel 3
Google Mesages on a Pixel 3 (Image credit: Joe Maring / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • We asked our readers if they'll start using Google Messages more now that Verizon is adopting it as its default Android messaging app.
  • Over 50% said that yes, they would use Google Messages more because of this move.
  • Fewer than a quarter said that they wouldn't use it more.

Earlier this week, we got word that Verizon will start including Google Messages as its default chat app on all of its Android phones, starting in early 2022. We think this is a great move, but we wanted to hear how our readers felt about it, so we put out a poll. The results were quite interesting!

Over 50% answered that yes, they would use Google Messages more now that the big three wireless carriers (T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon) have all committed to making Google Messages their default Android messaging app. Nearly 1/3 said that they'd keep using the app about as much as they currently do, while fewer than a quarter of respondents said that they would not use it more.

Here's what some of our respondants had to say:

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On Facebook, Arthur Ho commented that "It's fine that it is the default apps for Android messages, but I do hope that they will do what they did to One UI, which is implementing a native theme to it. The current Google messages and dialer is out of line with MIUI design."

Not everyone was blown away by the announcement, though. Reader Baldorcito Madibola said that they are "stuck with WhatsApp because everyone in my workgroup uses it." HOLLYWOODANT215 told us, "I can't leave Samsung messages for the simple fact that the link built-in feature to send original quality pics and videos to other people" is a feature they just can't give up.

Our poll is closed, but we'd still love to hear from you. Let us know in the comments or on social media if this latest carrier development will have you using Google Messages more often.

Jeramy Johnson
Editor-in-chief

Jeramy is proud to help *Keep Austin Weird* and loves hiking in the hill country of central Texas with a breakfast taco in each hand. When he's not writing about smart home gadgets and wearables, he's defending his relationship with his smart voice assistants to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeramyutgw.

6 Comments
  • In your short article you have fifteen incidences of the dreaded word that. All can be eliminated making your sentences and paragraphs read and flow much better. Reading all those that words is similar to hearing a speaker continuously repeating "ah" "um", ad-nauseam.
  • Are you... okay? Literally no one has a problem with the word "that". First of all it's literally the distal demonstrative, the English subordinate clause particle, the supposition particle, the adverbial attributive particle, and extent/degree particle, among a slew of other syntactical and grammatical functions. Taking issue with a syntactical cornerstone of the English language just comes off as hypercorrective and conceited. In any case you fail to provide any elaboration onto the extremely vague and essentially substanceless notion of "read and flow much better".
  • I've been using it for about 3 years now without issues. Wish there was a way to integrate with an android tablet.
  • Tried to like it on two different phones but ended up going back to standard sms apps for the following reasons:
    1. I started getting "spam" messages, eg. unwanted advertisements
    2. Messages would come in from folks I usually texted with but the "telephone numbers" displayed were not the ones associated with the senders in my Contacts app.
    3. Seemed to be unreliable in areas where cell data was sketchy whereas the standard sms apps would continue to work if there was cell service.
    I'll continue to use Signal and other sms apps.
  • It sucks. I'd be happy to use it. But it lacks the most important features a person would need. I have my girlfriend and ded pinned to top because I get a lot of crappy messages. I've done it in all my messaging apps, from Samsung messages to telegram, signal and whatsapp. Doesn't even have a good spam filter on top of that. Which wouldn't matter anyway if I could just pin my most important contacts to the top so that they don't get lost in a flood of spam. I'd be damned if I could do that in google messages.
  • Prefer Google messages but I'm going to be honest, it's not quite as good as iMessage on my iPhone in that terms of sending multimedia messages like pictures or at least in the sense that my nextwork (I'm in the UK) doesn't seem to support RCS and I'm always charged for sending pictures so I don't use that chat function and that why I put Google messages below iMessage, otherwise Google messages along with WhatsApp blows every other messaging app out of the water.