Facebook brings 'chat heads' feature to iPhone app

Facebook brings 'chat heads' feature to iPhone app

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A view of and Apple iPhone displaying the Facebook app's splash screen May 10, 2012 in Washington, DC. Social-networking giant Facebook will go public on the NASDAQ May 18 with its initial public offering, trading under the symbol FB, in an effort to raise $10.6 billion. AFP PHOTO / Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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Posted on April 17, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 17 at 9:29 AM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook has updated its iPhone and iPad applications to let people keep using its chat feature even when they are doing other things, such as reading friends' updates.

   Facebook Inc. also said Tuesday that it's bringing its "chat heads" feature to its Apple apps. It's called chat heads because friends' profile photos pop up when they send you a message.

   Chat heads is part of a broader integration that Facebook is doing with a new Home app on some phones running Google's Android operating system.

   Unlike with Home, iPhone and iPad users will have to stay inside the Facebook application to use chat heads. The update is already available in Apple's App Store, but Facebook says the chat heads feature will roll out in the coming weeks.
 

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