Update time yet again for Verizon Messages. Version 6.4.8 released 3/11/17. Link to Play Store:
Verizon Messages - Android Apps on Google Play
At least they are updating it unlike the Family Base Companion app .
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Updated yet again:
Verizon Messages - v.6.4.9