Chat Heads, the core feature of the new Facebook Home for Android, is coming to iPhone and iPad via an update to Facebook’s iOS client, Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer and mobile head Cory Ondrejka announced at AllThingsD’s D: Dive into Mobile conference today.
Other new features have also been mentioned, including a new layout on iPad which takes into account March changes to Facebook’s News Feed.
As for Facebook Home, that application will see its first update on select Android smartphones from HTC and Samsung in “the second week of May”. Go past the fold for a nice Facebook 6.0 for iOS hands-on video…
The two Facebook execs publicly state that the new Facebook 6.0 build will be dropping “later today.”
Bloomberg hinted yesterday that Facebook was talking to Apple about making a “version of its new mobile software for the iPhone.” And earlier this morning, Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg told The Wall Street Journal that some of Home features will be available via a new iOS Facebook app “very soon.”
We are going to release a new version [of our mobile app] on iOS, very soon … You will see some of the features from Home will be launched with Apple.
She confirmed Facebook is going to “continue to develop for both” platforms, but acknowledged that “Android is enabling us to provide a more immersive Facebook experience than we can on other operating systems.”
Here’s what Chat Heads look like in the latest Facebook Messenger for Android update.
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