Facebook’s CTO said Tuesday the update should arrive in the App Store this week.

Facebook Android Chatheads content

See update at the end of this post.

One of the core features of Facebook Home for Android, Chat Heads, is coming to iOS. Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer said Tuesday that Facebook’s iOS app is being updated with the messaging feature and pushed to the iOS App Store “this week.”

Chat Heads is a feature that allows persistent pop-up messaging so users can chat with Facebook friends even when they’re not in the Messenger part of the app. Chat Heads is just one feature of Facebook Home, a launcher introduced on a few flagship Android phones earlier this month by Facebook as part of its larger mobile ambitions.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made it clear at the introduction of the Android service that he wants to see Facebook Home on other platforms. However, the way the service takes over a smartphone’s home screen makes it almost 100 percent unlikely Apple would allow such an app to come to the iPhone, which it strictly controls the user experience on.

“The goal from the beginning was to get this experience in everyone’s hands no matter what device you choose to use,” said Schroepfer. Bringing just Chat Heads is just one piece of Facebook Home to those iOS users.

Update 9:35 a.m. PT: Facebook just sent a press release saying the iOS update is now available. In addition to adding Chat Heads, the update also includes Stickers for messaging, small News Feed adjustments and a slightly tweaked look for the iPad version of the app.

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  1. James Shaun Olney Wednesday, April 17, 2013

    I really dislike this feature and wish I could work out how to get rid of it. Annoying bubbles floating over content just hinder my use of the app.

    Perhaps what bugs me most is that Facebook updates often tell you new features are being rolled out and just as often they don’t tell you what they are for or how to use them.

    Onscreen real estate is a premium. Clutter just gets on my nerves. Especially as it seems flakey.

    Stickers I wont lose any sleep over. But am I the only one who thinks they are a bit big? and as soon as you touch them it posts them!!! No changing your mind there then…

    1. hold on to the chat head and drag it to the x at the bottom center of the screen and it will disappear

      1. So when four people message you. You just have to do this four time… or what about when 10 people message you. You just have to do it 4×2 +2×1… It’s annoying

  2. Chat Heads on iOS is confined to within the Facebook app and can only handle Facebook messages without support for SMS. Read More Here (http://goo.gl/9vOQV)

  3. why have i not got this

    im using iphone 4s 6.1.3 and my facebook app is 6.0.2

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