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Old December 20th, 2011, 11:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok so most of you coming from the iPhone know about the group MMS , when a group text is sent out it's sent as an MMS and when people reply it stays in the same thread , almost like a chat room .

I have been using VZW Messaging for the past month or so on my Rezound and Thunderbolt and it worked great for it. But unfortunatly it doesn't work on the Galaxy Nexus yet and the native app doesn't work the same when with Group MMS .

Is there another app that works the same way as VZW Messaging . I've tried Handcent and Go in the past and neither did this. That messaging app was by far my favorite I've used .

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Old December 20th, 2011, 01:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm picking this up soon and I would like to know this as well. I usually used the verizon app or groupme, but I found the verizon app to be better since it would group any incoming group mms.
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It's kind of a drag that a Verizon app wasn't modified to work on Verizons flagship phone (ohh wait I guess that's the Razr lol) anyway I remember before using VZW Messaging I used Handcent and when someone sent an MMS Group Text if I replied right away with a "." in the subject line it would auto convert it to an MMS text and that worked . But kind of a pain in the ass... I loved how VZW Messaging just did it auto I'm shocked no other app out there does the same thing
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I am dying to know of an app that does this as well....same here i was using vzw messages even though it sucks just because of this. I hope someone finds an app that does but i wish handcent did this i love handcent but it doesn't do this and thats a deal breaker for me.
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Bumping again... Looks like there is no app out there for this feature that is compatible with the Galaxy Nexus yet

Come on Verizon update your messaging app for your flagship phone
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Well it looks like the VZW Messaging app was updated yesterday . It says the update was to fix bugs with Rezound and Razr but it still says the Galaxy Nexus isn't support but I thought what the heck I'll give it a try.

Sent and received a few text between my phone and a sprint evo without any problems I'm going to test it out today and I'll report back .. The fact that it's actually working is very positive as when I first downloaded it on Day one with my Nexus it didn't work at all it would send but not receive text
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I know there wasn't much interest in this but for the ones that were interested VZW Messaging is working perfectly finally got around to testing group mms and it worked fine

My only gripe with the program is that you can set up you threads to have a black background but the main list of threads can only be white . Kind of a bummer considering blacks look so great on this screen and they save battery life
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Very interested in this as well. I have the GN, at&t version. Most of my friends and families use the iPhone, and they use group MMS all the time. Like you, I have to do the work around of adding a subject '.' to convert my text to MMS. It IS a pain in the ass, and will sometimes get you in trouble lol. Like when one of them actually started another group MMS, leaving some friends out that were included on another group MMS, you have no way of knowing unless you hold down for details on the message everytime, and see the phone numbers included in it. And why can't it show the names (if they are in your contacts) instead of their phone numbers? Little things like this surely annoys me.

Also, I was playing around with my sister's BB torch and found out that they support group mms as well. This is made possible because BB has an option to "Reply to All" on their messaging app, so with this checked, your reply will be automatically converted to MMS and will be sent to all the numbers included in the group chat. All the replies (including yours) are grouped in one chat or thread, exactly like the iPhone, and not by individual contact or number like our android. Can't believe android left out that option to reply to all, most dumb phones have this for AGES!

Another frustration of mine in android's messaging app is not getting all the MMS messages! It gives me two error messages, one, it will create a thread called Hidden Sender Address, two, message download unsuccessful. This problem has been going on for years and unfortunately it hasn't been fixed yet. Here's the thread to give you more info, if you have this problem please star it.
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Unfortunately I'm with AT&T, when I try to download Verizon messenger it was grayed out. One user suggested downloading at&t messenger as it supports group mms as well, but it kept crashing on my GN, but that was a good thing, because when i installed it on my old N1, it actually cleared all my message on the stock app. I don't think i'd like that. I still want to use the stock app for SMS.... btw, have you had that problem with not receiving all your mms messages?
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Unfortunately I'm with AT&T, when I try to download Verizon messenger it was grayed out. One user suggested downloading at&t messenger as it supports group mms as well, but it kept crashing on my GN, but that was a good thing, because when i installed it on my old N1, it actually cleared all my message on the stock app. I don't think i'd like that. I still want to use the stock app for SMS.... btw, have you had that problem with not receiving all your mms messages?
Ohh my bad I was thinking Verizon on the phone anyways I had trouble when I first bought my Nexus VZW Messenger wasn't letting me receive messages at all SMS or MMS ... But they did an update about a week later and even though it said it still wasn't compatible with the Nexus I gave it a go and had no problems . I still use my stock messaging app but I have VZW installed with notification off , I only use for group texting as it's kind of a clumsy messaging app
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Ohh my bad I was thinking Verizon on the phone anyways I had trouble when I first bought my Nexus VZW Messenger wasn't letting me receive messages at all SMS or MMS ... But they did an update about a week later and even though it said it still wasn't compatible with the Nexus I gave it a go and had no problems . I still use my stock messaging app but I have VZW installed with notification off , I only use for group texting as it's kind of a clumsy messaging app
I might just have to do that, the one reason I never liked using the VZW messaging app was because it was plain ugly
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Quick question. When u use stock messenger or handcent. What is the largest video mms file can u send to someone. Below 2 mins in length.
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Actually this same topic is being discussed at another forum. We are trying to get a developer to use the Verizon messaging as a template and to make it universal for all android platforms just like handscent and Go SMS. So far no response yet. Maybe you guys can help out too.
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I have posted an issue on Google's code website requesting a group messaging feature on Android. To sum it up, I am requesting that Google add a Group MMS and "Reply to All" feature in AOSP so that all group messages will stay in the same thread. Some Android phones do have this feature put in by their manufacturers (I believe the Droid Bionic has this feature) but it is not in the original AOSP code. In order for this feature to be added to Android, the issue needs to be "Star"ed until it gains enough attention from the official Android OS team.
Step 1) Follow this link
2) Sign in to your Google account (top right corner)
3) Click on the small star next to Issue 24468, and it basically acts as an upvote.
If you do not want to receive email updates when people comment on this issue, you can click on Profile (top right corner), click on the settings tab, scroll down to the section labeled "Issue Tracker", and deselect "If I starred the issue" and then scroll to the bottom and click Save Preferences button.
With your help, this feature which is already native in iOS and BB, can finally make it to Android!
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@Jim, where is the .apk for VZW Messaging? When I go to Market it doesn't show up. When I go the Market on my laptop I can find it but it says my device (Gnex) isn't compatible.
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I'm interested in this as well. Half of my band has iPhones and send group messages all the time.
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Yeah it's gone out of the Market .. I flashed a new rom and for some reason I must have forgotten to back this app up . Ohh well , it's gotta be updated soon
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Anyone find another option for group mms ??
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Groupme isn't bad, I used it for a while and liked it. Ill have to try VZW Messaging
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I assume you mean SMS, not MMS. Either way, I HATE the iPhones group messaging functionality. If my wife sends a pic of our kids to me, and her friends and family, for the next half hour or more I get all the "so cute" responses from her sisters and friends that have iPhones that seem totally out of context. It's like spam. Only iPhones do this. It's like when someone hits "Replay All" to a company wide e-mail at work, so annoying!
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I assume you mean SMS, not MMS. Either way, I HATE the iPhones group messaging functionality. If my wife sends a pic of our kids to me, and her friends and family, for the next half hour or more I get all the "so cute" responses from her sisters and friends that have iPhones that seem totally out of context. It's like spam. Only iPhones do this. It's like when someone hits "Replay All" to a company wide e-mail at work, so annoying!
I mean MMS... When you send a SMS in this manor it gets converted to a MMS ... I like the function and enjoyed it greatly on my Tbolt and Rezound with VZW Messaging which is no longer available in the Market for the Nexus . It was nice to have almost a chat room going on about certain things . If you don't have group mms ability it's very annoying because your phone is constantly going off with separate text messages with a group mms it's all nicely organized in one thread so if you're planning something it's very easy
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I mean MMS... When you send a SMS in this manor it gets converted to a MMS ... I like the function and enjoyed it greatly on my Tbolt and Rezound with VZW Messaging which is no longer available in the Market for the Nexus . It was nice to have almost a chat room going on about certain things . If you don't have group mms ability it's very annoying because your phone is constantly going off with separate text messages with a group mms it's all nicely organized in one thread so if you're planning something it's very easy
Ahhh I see. I didn't eve know an MMS could function this way. I just use gtalk or Google+ messenger mostly anyway. My txt apps get no use.
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Why can't I install this .apk on my old Dinc, rip it off of there and install it on my Galaxy Nexus?
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Why can't I install this .apk on my old Dinc, rip it off of there and install it on my Galaxy Nexus?
I thought about this too only problem is that it doesn't work properly on the nexus. It worked fine for a whole week the. I just wasnt getting texts
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anyone have an apk of this? i flashed a new rom without backing it up first and i cant install it now.
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I just learned of this feature today.
I have a Galaxy Nexus, and before that a Droid 1.

I've used the mass SMS feature of Android 2.2.x and 4.0.2 many times. All it does is send one SMS to multiple receipents individually. It does NOT automatically convert it to an MMS.

The Group feature is novel, but with so many solutions for this already (email, plethora of IM clients, Google+, etc) it seems a waste of effort to support such a niche feature. When multiple people respond in parallel to an email, the previous is typically quoted, aiding in deciphering out-of-order responses.

Also, this will very quickly make your monthly text message count get out of control, forcing you to upgrade your text plan. Long story short, this feature costs you money when free choices are already available.

Since so many people do not have iPhones (with this enabled) or even Smartphones, the actual number of people that support this is currently quite low, and thus not a feature you should depend upon.

They should first work on getting MMS support in Google Voice.
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Yeah I still think it's something android should support , I know a lot of people with iphones and when I had my Rezound and could do this with VZW Messager it was really nice but it's starting to not be a big deal anymore as I'm slowly converting this people to Android anyways
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Yeah I still think it's something android should support , I know a lot of people with iphones and when I had my Rezound and could do this with VZW Messager it was really nice but it's starting to not be a big deal anymore as I'm slowly converting this people to Android anyways
I uploaded the apk here if you still want to give it a shot, fyi you will most likely need to be rooted as you have to push the apk to the /system

[Q] Android Group MMS SMS Chat like iPhone iOS4 - Page 11 - xda-developers

I really like that with this app I can finally be cool and be able to group text my iPhone friends. One thing I really hate about this app is that it completely takes over my Text Messaging notifications, even if I disable them from within the app :/

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Handcent 4.0 BETA just became available on xda:

Handcent 4.0 Public Beta Now Available | xda-developers

They're working on implementing this into the app. Try it and see if it works the way you want it to.
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