Facebook Messenger update brings Chat Heads to all, no Facebook Home needed

Facebook Home will be available for a select group of Android handsets today, but in the meantime check out a new update for Facebook Messenger. It enables the new Chat Head pop-up messaging windows on most devices, no need for Home. And while it acts independently, it still brings the same functionality we saw showcased last week at Facebook’s big unveiling (and have since had a chance to toy with on the HTC First).

Messages now appear as a pop-up over your current app and can be replied to without leaving the task at hand. Swiping down minimizes the Chat Head, just as in Facebook Home. It certainly expands the potential of Facebook Messenger and makes us wonder when other messaging apps will follow suit. You can grab the latest Messenger update from Google Play now.

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  • ORITGuy

    no thanks

  • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

    Chatheads! This is pretty cool. I like how fluid and smooth it is. Works seamlessly.

    • remnem

      yeah its great, but my bubbles disappear after a while ( or maybe after running some apps)

  • http://twitter.com/Al_AfterBuffalo Alex After Buffalo

    I can’t get it to work on my s3 :(

    • Nirav Shah

      same here, maybe I’m doing something wrong.

      • remnem

        i updated both Facebook msn and Facebook app, after 5-10 mins i receive a message and the bubble pop up

  • Dvrcowboy

    How about some animated chat heads? Like bobble heads

  • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

    I puked a little in my mouth

  • Darrien Glasser

    YES!!! THANK THE GOOD LORD. You are awesome Facebook.

  • Lee Espinoza

    It’s kinda cool..hate that you can’t group message to my google groups and you can’t batch delete messages.

  • aeok18109

    i wish it wasnt 2 separate apps. the facebook app in itself is FUBAR. any pictures people send or any status with a post…i see text and no pic -_- wtf. also you can save any pics sent via FB message. wth is up with that. i miss google + :(

    • remnem

      i was just trying to save a pic ! i didn’t know we couldn’t =(, i had to take a screenshot

  • chuck

    Works great on my nexus4

  • JasonIvers

    Google, please implement this functionality when you release Babel…

  • http://twitter.com/jtblkice JT

    chat heads also works as your normal sms/mms app as well. go into settings and enable it

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      Dope! :D

  • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

    I’d like these functions to come to the main Facebook app! :/

  • cammykool

    how!?! it doesn’t work on my s3

  • jurrabi

    Mine updated, but I can’t see thouse heads :( hints?