Android Messages, Google’s stock SMS app, is receiving an update that brings a few things worth mentioning. The new version label is 2.7.030, and it just hit my Pixel 2 a couple of hours ago. There’s a link to the APK file at the bottom of this post, but let’s take a look at what’s a-crackin’ with this update first, shall we?

What’s new

It’s now even easier to add more to your conversations.
• Tap the + button in a conversation to add emoji, photos, stickers, and more.
• In the US, you can also send and receive payments with Google Wallet.

Why so clunky, Batman?

I’ll go ahead and be the first to say – I’m not a fan of the way this change looks. It looks to be a bit of a cluster in its current state, but I’m no designer, so don’t take my word for it. As you can see in the screenshot, everything is grouped together in rows, and it just not very visually pleasing, in my opinion.

It’s kinda nifty that you can now send and receive Google Wallet payments via SMS, I guess, but I don’t do much of this. If you do, this may come as good news.

There are likely some bugfixes and/or optimizations included in this latest version of Android Messages, as well. Google is King when it comes to using vague descriptions for its app updates, so your guess is as good as mine.

Download Android Messages

Here’s a direct link to the APK file, if you need it. Alternatively, you can download the app using the Play Store widget below.

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Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free
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