Facebook expands Chat Heads to Messenger for Android
Facebook Chat Heads
Chat Heads enables users to message with friends while accessing other mobile applications. When a text message or Facebook message arrives, a circular "chat head" bearing that contact's profile photo appears onscreen regardless of whether the device owner is checking email, browsing the web or listening to music; tapping the chat head lets the user respond directly from the other app.
Facebook first introduced Chat Heads in conjunction with Home, its new alternative Android launcher promising users more immediate and efficient access to applications and social media updates. Facebook Home is pre-loaded on AT&T Mobility's (NYSE:T) new HTC First smartphone and available for download for devices running Android 4.0 and up; the updated Facebook Messenger 2.4.2, released this weekend, makes Chat Heads available to devices running Android 2.2 and higher.
Facebook launched Messenger in mid-2011 in an effort to steer users away from conventional operator SMS solutions. The app, also available for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS, supports free voice calling via Wi-Fi or cellular data connection. Facebook has not yet announced whether it will expand Facebook Home or Chat Heads to iOS.
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