If you’d look closely at the Nexus 6 screenshots on its official listing page from Google, you will notice an icon for a new Messaging app on the homescreen.
This new Messaging app, however, is not Hangouts. Instead, it is ‘Messenger’ — a new Messaging app created by Google for Android 5.0 Lollipop.
According to a Google spokesperson, “Messenger and Hangouts offer users choice, each have their own benefits. Hangouts work great for cross-platform (web, iOS, Android) and cross-medium communications (video, voice, messaging, SMS). Messenger will be specially designed to be a quick and easy way to send and receive SMS and MMS messages on Android.”
Google will be shipping both these apps on the Nexus 6 and other Android devices, which is different from the Hangouts only option it offers on the Nexus 5.
Economic Times had earlier reported that Google is working on a new Messaging app specifically for the Indian market. It is very well possible that Google will update its Messenger app down the line to include additional functionality for emerging markets like India.[Via Android Police]