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Quick reply in action. Screenshots: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Quick reply in action. Screenshots: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Google’s own Messenger app for Android has been updated with a useful quick reply feature — just like that in iOS 8 — that lets you respond to text messages from almost anywhere in a flash.

Yay!

Yay!

Google Messenger, the default SMS client for Nexus users and those with pure Android operating systems, now supports animated GIFs, allowing you to send awesome images like the one above to your friends. It also just got a great new widget.

Ditch Facebook Messenger and bring chat back to the original app. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Ditch Facebook Messenger and bring chat back to the original app. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

If you’re one of the many who hate having to use a dedicated app for Facebook chat, you can bring messaging back to the original app with Facebook Chat Re-Enabler. It’s a free download and easy to install, and it lets you do away with the standalone Facebook Messenger app.

Google's new Messenger app looks awesome. Screenshots: Google

Google’s new Messenger app looks awesome. Screenshots: Google

Google’s given a fresh lick of paint to many of its own Android apps for Lollipop, while others have been completely rebuilt from the ground up. One of those is Messenger, which replaces the aging Messaging hub and breathes new life into traditional text messaging.

Lollipop is well worth looking forward to. Image: Google

Lollipop’s new apps are gorgeous. Image: Google

It will likely be a while yet before the vast majority gets its hands on Android 5.0 Lollipop — especially those without Nexus devices. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a taste of it right now. Lollipop’s Messenger, Play Music, Google Fit, and other apps are already available to download and install on your existing device with Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

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