Facebook iOS app updated with Home features

Chat heads to land on your iPhone
Darren Allan

April 18, 2013

Are you an iPhone owner, jealous of Facebook’s latest move to bring the Home app to Android? Well, if so, worry not because at least a bit of Home is coming to iOS, and possibly more in the future…

What’s Facebook Home, you might ask, if you’ve not been following the social network news stories.

Well, it’s a new app that’s essentially a fresh home screen for Android, which offers quick and easy access to all Facebook features and feeds (while ditching the Google Android home screen – though the Android UI is still there underneath Facebook Home, of course, as it’s merely an app overlay).

With Apple’s tight control over iOS apps, Home isn’t likely to appear taking over the iPhone home screen any time soon, if indeed ever – though Facebook is allegedly talking to Apple about the prospect (we’re not sure Apple will be doing much listening, mind).

What Facebook can and has done, though, (Techradar notes) is update the iOS Facebook app to add chat heads, one of Home’s main features.

Chat heads hover over the screen, allowing you to chat to Facebook contacts when you’re doing other stuff like playing a game or surfing the web. They’re one of the major conveniences Home brings with it.

In iTunes, version 6.0 of the Facebook iOS app has chat heads listed as a feature which will be “available to everyone soon,” along with something called “stickers.”

These are far less useful sounding than chat heads, and are fancy emoticon stickers, basically.


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