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Old Apr 16, 2013, 12:23 PM   #1
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Facebook Bringing Chat Heads to Its iOS Apps, Updated iPad Version With New Streamlined Design [Update: Live]




Facebook is bringing the new Chat Heads feature from Facebook Home to its iOS app, reports All Things D. The update to the iOS Facebook app should go live later today. It was previously reported that Facebook was in negotiations with Apple to bring 'Home' to iOS, but Facebook can bring some of the new features straight to its app, without extensive support from Apple.

The Verge got a hands-on preview of the new app:
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Within the Facebook app, you can pop-out Chat Heads for your conversations, but they won't work anywhere else because of the way that iOS keeps apps sandboxed. Just as with Android, Chat Heads pop out on incoming Facebook Messages (but not for SMS), or you can open a new one directly yourself. You can drag them around to reposition them, and when they're open you have immediate access to your conversation on top of whatever you're doing on Facebook. On the iPad's larger screen, Facebook has decided to array them vertically on the left instead of horizontally across the top.
Facebook has implemented 'Stickers', which are large emoji-like images that can be sent to friends. There is also a new 'store' where users can download packs of stickers. The company has also redesigned its iPad app, streamlining and optimizing it for the iPad's larger screen size.

Update: Facebook 6.0 is now live in the App Store. [Direct Link]

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Old Apr 16, 2013, 12:25 PM   #2
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At least it's not being forced on me.
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Old Apr 16, 2013, 12:25 PM   #3
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Meh, it only works inside the Facebook app.
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Old Apr 16, 2013, 12:26 PM   #4
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Chat heads outside the app is a lot cooler; looks great on my Nexus. Maybe someone can do a jailbreak app for it.
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Old Apr 16, 2013, 12:28 PM   #5
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So, it's the FaceBook app with some new features.

Don't entirely understand how this warrants a verge video review.
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Old Apr 16, 2013, 12:28 PM   #6
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"Chatheads" - Probably the most stupid name to ever be linked to a software feature.
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Old Apr 16, 2013, 12:29 PM   #7
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Meh, it only works inside the Facebook app.
And that's a bad thing?
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Old Apr 16, 2013, 12:29 PM   #8
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Old Apr 16, 2013, 12:31 PM   #9
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Sandboxing is what keeps iOS secure, yet the bloggers turn this into a negative for iOS. Pathetic.

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Chat heads outside the app is a lot cooler; looks great on my Nexus. Maybe someone can do a jailbreak app for it.
Cool and also what allows malware to install onto your nexus from the Google Play store then transfer to your PC, record audio, and upload it to China.

Also while we'll never allow Android devices in our organization.
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Old Apr 16, 2013, 12:31 PM   #10
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FB should have a thumbs down button. MR too.
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Old Apr 16, 2013, 12:33 PM   #11
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Chat heads outside the app is a lot cooler; looks great on my Nexus. Maybe someone can do a jailbreak app for it.
I still don't get why I would want this more intrusive method over the notification system that's currently in use. Maybe change the icon so that it is a picture of a friend instead of the icon. But I want that change in the APIs throughout iOS so that apps can put a little graphic in the notifications. The whole chat head thing is just too intrusive.
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Old Apr 16, 2013, 12:33 PM   #12
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Sandboxing is what keeps iOS secure, yet the bloggers turn this into a negative for iOS. Pathetic.
Yeah. Some people are obviously keen to see McAfee for iPhone.
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Old Apr 16, 2013, 12:33 PM   #14
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Regarding iPad update, I was hoping for ability to hide messenger pane altogether. It looks even wider now.
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...and here I am, having just deleted my Facebook account.

I am ever so sad now.

(Just for the record, I bailed when Facebook hooked up with Axciom - I wasn't happy before, that just pushed me over the edge.)
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Old Apr 16, 2013, 12:37 PM   #16
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I don't like Facebook dominating my home screen!
This is already good for me!

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Facebook?

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this is what i said when they announced facebook home. dropped every app on all my devices and haven't been on since. Its pretty nice to be FREEEEEEE
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Cool and also what allows malware to install onto your nexus from the Google Play store then transfer to your PC, record audio, and upload it to China.

Also while we'll never all Android devices in our organization.
The obligatory ignorant-about-android post appears.... and in record time!




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This was an appropriate way to bring it to iOS and I am thankful of Facebook for not trying to push it too hard onto an OS which wasn't going to accept it.
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Hummm... Facebook or sharp poke in the eye???? OUCH!

Not a FB fan... but I do like the idea of Chat Heads. Slick.

However, I do believe the Apple approach is better in the long-run. Yes, more locked down, but less to worry about and no fragmentation like Android.
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Sandboxing is what keeps iOS secure, yet the bloggers turn this into a negative for iOS. Pathetic.

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Cool and also what allows malware to install onto your nexus from the Google Play store then transfer to your PC, record audio, and upload it to China.

Also while we'll never all Android devices in our organization.
Here we go with all this malware talk. FYI: there are applications being developed around chat heads for Android. One that comes to mind is Ninja SMS. It took the idea of CH and developed an SMS app around it. And no, I would never use Facebook Messenger for my personal text messages. It's still a cool idea.
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FB should have a thumbs down button. MR too.
Facebook never had a thumbs down button. But I agree about bring it back here.




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Sandboxing is what keeps iOS secure, yet the bloggers turn this into a negative for iOS. Pathetic.
Sandboxing doesn't make iOS more secure. Android has sandboxing as well. What keeps iOS more secure is App Store oversight which Google doesn't have along with the fact you can install apps outside the Play Store on Android.
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Cool and also what allows malware to install onto your nexus from the Google Play store then transfer to your PC, record audio, and upload it to China.
Is that true?

Source?
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