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Motorola Connect Gets Updated on Google Play and Chrome Store, Brings MMS Support

Motorola’s proprietary Motorola Connect, a Chrome extension/Android app combo that allows you to receive and respond to text messages through your desktop’s web browser, received a hefty update today. 

The update includes MMS support, improved contact matching and phone number format, and the ability to receive group messages. Before this update, users were limited to SMS messages, receiving and placing calls, and Google Hangouts messages. This update should allow a few more people to warm up to the service.

What’s New

  • Added support for receiving MMS (picture & group messaging).
  • Receive picture messages
  • Reply to picture messages via SMS (text message)
  • Receive group messages
  • Reply to group messages individually via SMS
  • Improved contact matching & phone number format (requires new permission for coarse location, which only identifies country locale).

If you own a Moto device, go grab the update through Google Play. And don’t forget, you will need the updated Chrome extension, too.

Play Link | Chrome Link

Via: +Punit Soni
  • Tyler Bowden

    MMS replies are a joke. If you want to actually want to reply within the conversion you still have to pick up your phone.

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  • MikeSaver

    this is actually one of my favorite moto x features

    • sc0rch3d

      refusing to use it b/c i won’t have a moto phone forever nor do i want to be tied to a moto specific service (even i could use it outside my moto x)

  • X

    i have an X and love it. I used this Moto Connect for a little while but I found it to drain my battery and it kept my PC from sleeping so i don’t use it anymore. Anyone else see a similar issue?

  • I really surprised because google is doing better for smartphones particularly after acquisition of Motorola.

  • Droid Ronin

    This is a nifty little app, but I don’t really SMS much anymore and I usually have my GMail window open on my browser so I can respond to Hangouts messages there.

    • hoosiercub88

      Why not just use the Hangouts extension?

      • Droid Ronin

        I never thought of that. I’ll give that a try.

  • derbo904

    Now if it can send MMS through the connect!

  • deadpenguins

    This update inspired me to try it, but it’s refusing to connect to my moto x! Lame.

    • Lawrence_Hart

      Did you enable the service in your setting menu on your phone?

      • deadpenguins

        Yerp. It connects, says it’s reading my calls, messages, and contacts, and then a few seconds later (before it finishes transferring) says it can’t connect and provides me with a frowny face to make me feel extra lousy about it.

        • Lawrence_Hart

          Oh OK. Well, that sucks. Maybe someone else will know what to do. you could try the G+ community for the Moto X for help. https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/116517178872973348174

        • J PARKER

          Restart your phone an connect it again. Don’t do it on wifi the 1st time you connect to your phone.

          • deadpenguins

            It worked! Thank you, sire.

          • J PARKER

            No problem

    • Trailblazer101

      Would someone mind uploading the APK for me please? I want to dig through the code and see what resources it needs from Motorola 2013+ phones that aren’t on my RAZR, and if I can get it to work! Thanks in advance! 🙂

  • garrett

    the group messaging thing is misleading, it says receive group messages, but then says reply to group messages individually with sms, which i’m pretty sure means group messaging is still a no go on connect.


    Every site is making a big deal of update. Groups messages is the only new thing.

    • The addition of the images in the picture messages is really nice.

      • J PARKER

        That’s not new either.

        • kselby

          Yes it is. You couldn’t view picture messages on connect before, it would tell you to view them on your phone.

        • hoosiercub88

          It most definitely is..

    • Update seems substantial enough to me. If I had an X I’d be all over group messaging.

  • Justin Van Nostrand

    I just want Pushbullet to do this.

    • Joe

      There is an app called MightyText that already does this

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