Message+, or Verizon Messages on Android, is a messaging app that uses your cellular and internet to send messages quicker.
The same technology is available in Google Messages. To make this comparison easier, we will compare Google Messages vs. Message+, as it is the most commonly used messaging app.
Quick Messages vs. Message+ difference
The difference between Messages and Message+ is that Messages uses cellular to send and receive messages, whereas Message+ can use both cellular and your internet connection to send and receive messages.
Pros and Cons
✔️ 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
✔️ Up to $100 gift cards
✔️ macOS app
✔️ Can sync across devices
✔️ Up to 250 people group
✔️ Yelp and Yahoo integrated
✔️ Personal profile to sync messages
❌ A bit slow
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 can also add your 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 dynamic mode.
I have covered dynamic mode in my 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; when you tap on the icon, a new pop-up opens up with the conversation.
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 chat features
If you use Google Messages, you can use the internet to send and receive messages. Google Messages supports a few options, but unlike the other instant messaging apps, it is not entirely stable.
Here are the primary options for this app and the supported apps:
- See when the message is delivered: Both
- Know when the person starts typing: Both
- Send images and videos of up to 100 MB: Google Messages
- Get iMessage reaction emojis: Google Messages
Message+ can also use the internet. It can notify the other person when you start typing. We can also send and receive messages via Wi-Fi or cellular internet.
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.
Instant messaging apps allow you to create groups and have group conversations. Message+ allows you to create groups of up to 250 users. To use this feature, other users must have the Message+ app.
Google Messages supports group SMS but received messages are stored in individual conversations.
Another comparison: 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 has the option to vibrate when a message comes during a call.
The app also lets 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 auto-replies to users.
Along with normal timestamps, you can see the exact timestamps by swapping right on a chat.
Both support smart replies, but the option is unavailable 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.
Another comparison: Textra SMS or Google Messages
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.
Madhsudhan Khemchandani has a bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering (Honours). He has been writing articles on apps and software for over five years. He has also made over 200 videos on his YouTube channel. Read more about him on the about page.