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Chat Heads reimagines mobile messaging by coupling Facebook Messenger and SMS updates into a more playful environment where contacts' profile pics denote new message threads and stick around as floating heads until flicked away.
The addition -- Facebook's first Home feature to make its way to iOS -- does not entirely replicate the experience on Android when running the specialized software suite. The Facebook executives stressed that Chat Heads' design and feature set on iOS would be identical to that on Android, but that the heads would only work inside the Facebook application, meaning they won't appear outside the contained environment.
The refreshed Facebook application should make its appearance on Apple's App Store later today, though the Chat Heads rollout could take a few weeks to reach all users. The new version also carries over Facebook's bigger, bolder News Feed design to the mobile environment, and introduces digital stickers to the messaging experience.
Friday, Facebook also released an update to the Facebook Messenger application for Android to give people access to Chat Heads without needing to install the entire Facebook Home package.