Message+ or Verizon Messages on Android is a new type of messaging app that uses your cellular as well as your internet to send messages quicker. The same technology is available in Google Messages. To make this comparison easier, we will cover a comparison of Google Messages vs. Message+ as it is the most commonly used app on Android.
The main difference
Both Messages and Message+ support SMS, MMS, and the internet to send and receive messages. The main difference is that Message+ comes with a wide range of customization options, whereas Messages has a couple of extra internet features.
Pros and Cons
✔️ Can use the internet
✔️ Code copy with one tap option
✔️ Message archive feature
✔️ Blocking features
✔️ Excellent spam detection
✔️ Works in most countries
✔️ End to end encrypted
❌ Minimal customization options
❌ Internet features are not fully stable
✔️ Can use the internet
✔️ Great customization options
✔️ Driving mode
✔️ Great location sharing features
✔️ Works in most countries
✔️ macOS app
✔️ Up to 250 people group
✔️ Yelp and Yahoo integrated
✔️ Personal profile to sync messages
❌ A bit slow
Messages vs. Message+: Customization
This is one of the features that Message+ offers. You can customize themes, bubble styles, and notifications for individual users. The app has five built-in themes:
You also get to add your own themes by choosing header and background colors.
However, one thing that Google Messages brings is the dynamic color option. Depending on the home screen wallpaper, you see the chat colors in the dynamic mode. I talked about the dynamic mode in the Gboard themes article.
Google Messages has the basic bubble style, whereas Message+ comes with 8 bubble styles, including the color option to change the chat bubble colors. Each conversation can be customized.
Message pop up
Both can also show the box when you get a new message. Google Messages shows a contact icon or the initial, and when you tap on the icon, a new pop-up opens up with the conversation.
Note: After testing this feature many times, I concluded that the function does not work properly. Sometimes you see the bubble, and sometimes you don’t
Message+ opens up a medium message window straight away. You can read and reply to the message. Once the reply is sent, the message disappears.
RCS (internet features)
Let’s talk about the internet in this Messages vs. Message+ comparison. Google Messages supports a few options, but unlike the other instant messaging apps, it is not fully stable. Here are the primary options of this app and the supported apps:
- See when the message is delivered: Google Message and Samsung Messages
- Know when the other person starts typing: Google Messages
- Send images and videos of up to 100 MB: Google Messages
- Get iMessage reaction emojis: iMessage
Message+ can also use the internet. It can notify the other person when you start typing, and of course, we can send and receive messages using the Wi-Fi or the cellular internet connection.
A great thing about this app is that, unlike Google Messages, you don’t need a SIM card device. It can work on tablets, macOS devices, and web clients who do not support SIM cards.
Another great thing is that you can create groups of 250 people and chat with each other. Of course, other people need this application to use this feature. These are a couple of features missing from Google Messages.
Related: Google Messages vs. Samsung Messages
You can quickly copy the received code with one tap and paste it into apps.
Google Messages can archive messages. Archives are not deleted; those are just hidden and can be brought back later.
Message+ supports creating a signature for messages.
Message+ comes with a notification repetition option. If you miss a message notification, the app will remind you.
Google Messages only brings archiving chat on swipe, but with Message+, you can delete the conversation or call the recipient.
The app comes with an option to vibrate when a message comes during a call.
The app also offers to let your whitelisted contacts see your location at any time.
Another feature of Message+ is to create photo collages and send them to users.
Message+ is integrated with Yelp and Yahoo to see and share data without leaving the app.
You can send nearby restaurants, fuel stations, and more in Message+.
Message+ comes with a driving mode that automatically replies to the recipient.
Along with normal timestamps, you can see the exact timestamps by swapping right on a chat.
Both support smart replies, but the option is not available everywhere and on all devices.
Both apps offer to schedule messages.
Emojis are supported in both, along with GIFs and stickers.
Both can send your current location.
Which one do you need?
Several factors come into play. Message+ is like Textra SMS but with built-in internet features. It comes with great customization options to get the most out of messaging.
The app can replace WhatsApp and Messenger if you don’t want those in your life, but it has fewer options than those instant messaging apps.
Google Messages is our good new messaging app that is trying, but it still has a long way to go to become the best.
Related: Textra SMS vs. Google Messages
Here we end this Messages vs. Message+ battle. I hope the article helped you get the best messaging app. Please let me know if you have any questions about the two, so I can help you out. Happy messaging and have a great day.