Google has just updated the Messenger app for Android, which brings the much needed quick reply feature for texts. With this update, you will finally be able to reply to an incoming SMS right from the notifications tray, saving you the trouble of having to manually open the Messenger app to draft your reply.
The update doesn’t seem to have any other major changes, but this is quite a significant addition from a convenience standpoint. The Messenger app can be used as the default SMS app for devices running Android 5.0 or above.
So if you have a smartphone with Lollipop, make sure you give this a go. Messenger comes installed by default on devices like the Nexus 6.