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Facebook Home available internationally today, Chat Heads comes to iOS

Not keen on messing about with custom APKs to get Facebook Home working? Worry not. The social networking giant will be making Home available internationally later today, according to The Verge. The head of mobile engineering for Facebook, Cory Ondrejka, made the announcement at AllThingD’s Dive into Mobile conference earlier today, also saying that an update to Home would be coming in “the second week of May.”

Facebook pledged to update Home at least once a month, so it’s good to see the company sticking to the original plan. There’s no word on exactly what the update will bring exactly, but it would be nice to see support for a wider range of devices, not to mention those with 1080p displays like the Sony Xperia Z.

In other news, Facebook is also bringing popular feature Chat Heads to iOS. The messaging functionality will be available as part of the Facebook 6.0 update due to roll out today. Unfortunately, it’s a fair bit more limited than Chat Heads on Android. You can pop out conversations with contacts just like you would on Android, but due to the way iOS sandboxes apps, you’re still ultimately confined to messaging from within the app.

It’s a handy addition if you live your Facebook life on an iPad, but far less useful on an iPhone where screen real estate is a precious commodity. Chat Heads are strictly limited to Facebook messages too: there’s no SMS integration, again unlike Android. The other big Facebook 6.0 feature is Stickers, giant images that you’re able to send to contacts and vice-versa. They’re not much more than glorified emoji, but no doubt some people will find some charm in them. Still interested? Then you won’t have to wait long, as the update should be live in the App Store later today.

Update: Both Facebook Home and Facebook 6.0 are now available to download.


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