does android 4.1 really not have group messaging?

I'm coming off the iPhone 4s and decided to try out the galaxy nexus on Verizon and as it turns out android 4.1 jellybean does not have group messaging. How the heck is this possible after 4 versions of android and all these cool features and some Google ignored such a common feature that even a blackberry has.

The more I use Android, I find all these cool advance features but some how Google doesn't care about basic functionality like how about a native reminder and notepad app. I know there are a lot of third party apps but a native one would be nice.