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Facebook Messenger update brings Chat Heads to most Android phones

April 12, 2013

Gigaom

Android(s goog) phone users that don’t want the full Facebook Home(s fb) experience but are still intrigued by Facebook Messenger’s Chat Heads are in luck: A Friday update to the Messenger app includes the new feature. Chat Heads, introduced during last week’s Facebook Home event, provide persistent pop-up bubbles for incoming chats and messages.

Facebook home featuredThis new function works on all Android phones running Android 2.2 and later, meaning a huge percentage. That legacy support is a smart move by Facebook because the full Facebook Home app will only run on Android 4.1 or better. Initially, Facebook Home will only install on a half-dozen handsets, with more to follow. Of course, the launcher comes pre-installed on the new HTC First phone, which hits AT&T(s t) stores Friday.

While I do use Facebook, I’ve never used Facebook Messenger, but did install it on my Galaxy Note 2 this morning…

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