Question Google Messages vs Samsung Messages? Which to keep

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joancolmenares

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I've seen some threads asking about the google messages apk. but my question is:
My s21 ultra came with google messages by default as SMS app, I also have the Samsung messages app installed (I set it as default instead of the google messages app).

Is there a reason for the google messages app to have come as default? Are there any advantages to it?

p.s. I didn't really find the exact answer around the forum, if there is such answer, can you please point me to it and close this thread?

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Raiz

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  • I've seen some threads asking about the google messages apk. but my question is:
    My s21 ultra came with google messages by default as SMS app, I also have the Samsung messages app installed (I set it as default instead of the google messages app).

    Is there a reason for the google messages app to have come as default? Are there any advantages to it?

    p.s. I didn't really find the exact answer around the forum, if there is such answer, can you please point me to it and close this thread?

    Regards
    I like google messages mainly for the good integration of RCS and also because it has a web app. The UI is fine, darkmode is cool, so if I had to choose I'd go for Google.
    Now on why it's google messages by default, I have no clue...
     
    Personally, I like Google Messages, but Samsung Messages now has RCS too I believe. It just got it recently. But from what I've seen and used, Google Messages is probably the way to go. It's just a better experience overall. It can verify business senders, help you report spam messages, and also just a couple of different things that are convenient, like what Raiz mentioned above. I'd go back to Google if you want something that works better overall.
     

    S10Plus

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    Wish you could uninstall the samsung contacts, calendar, calc, clock, messages, phone etc.... it's the one thing that irritates me with samsung that they spend all this effort replicating what google already does a perfectly good job of.


    You can remove using the adb commands. You can find the package name by using the apk analyzer app.
     

    mcbyte_it

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    I was using Google Messages on my previous device, but with the S21 I couldn't set conversations to be mute (roaming messages i receive daily on my 2nd sim).

    I can only make the notification silent for that conversation, but I don't even want the notification, which I cannot do.

    Samsung Messages have this ability
     
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    Elixir_

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    I personally prefer Samsung messaging app, mainly because of the its UI.
    However, the main advantage of Google messages is the availability of RCS by default, no matter where you live or which carrier you have. You can have RCS with Samsung messages but only if your carrier supports it.
     
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    NippleSauce

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    I was using Google Messages on my previous device, but with the S21 I couldn't set conversations to be mute (roaming messages i receive daily on my 2nd sim).

    I can only make the notification silent for that conversation, but I don't even want the notification, which I cannot do.

    Samsung Messages have this ability
    Ah, really? I haven't had that problem with my S21U whilst using Google Messages. How were you trying to mute them?
     

    mcbyte_it

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    Ah, really? I haven't had that problem with my S21U whilst using Google Messages. How were you trying to mute them?

    In Samsung Messenger the no notifications option (bell icon with a bar on it) will not even show a notification in the Android notifications area (When I open Messages I will see there is unread messages in the silent conversation), while Google Messages it will still show a notification but without sound.
     
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    Wish you could uninstall the samsung contacts, calendar, calc, clock, messages, phone etc.... it's the one thing that irritates me with samsung that they spend all this effort replicating what google already does a perfectly good job of.


    IMO... Google doesn't really do a good job with most things other than its search algorithms, ad monopoly and data rape....
     

    Elixir_

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    IMO... Google doesn't really do a good job with most things other than its search algorithms, ad monopoly and data rape....
    Exactly, especially their UI. I have a pixel phone and many years after the launch of material design Google still doesn't use it in all its apps. The apps feels completely separate, each has it's ow design and colors. Some apps have dark mode with full black background (setting app) while others have dark gray background (contacts, messages,...). Let's not talk about YouTube, which still doesn't follow MD 2...

    I like how samsung use the same design language for all its apps and they pay particular attention to small details just like IOS
     

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      I've seen some threads asking about the google messages apk. but my question is:
      My s21 ultra came with google messages by default as SMS app, I also have the Samsung messages app installed (I set it as default instead of the google messages app).

      Is there a reason for the google messages app to have come as default? Are there any advantages to it?

      p.s. I didn't really find the exact answer around the forum, if there is such answer, can you please point me to it and close this thread?

      Regards
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      I've seen some threads asking about the google messages apk. but my question is:
      My s21 ultra came with google messages by default as SMS app, I also have the Samsung messages app installed (I set it as default instead of the google messages app).

      Is there a reason for the google messages app to have come as default? Are there any advantages to it?

      p.s. I didn't really find the exact answer around the forum, if there is such answer, can you please point me to it and close this thread?

      Regards
      I like google messages mainly for the good integration of RCS and also because it has a web app. The UI is fine, darkmode is cool, so if I had to choose I'd go for Google.
      Now on why it's google messages by default, I have no clue...
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      Personally, I like Google Messages, but Samsung Messages now has RCS too I believe. It just got it recently. But from what I've seen and used, Google Messages is probably the way to go. It's just a better experience overall. It can verify business senders, help you report spam messages, and also just a couple of different things that are convenient, like what Raiz mentioned above. I'd go back to Google if you want something that works better overall.
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