updated 01:30 pm EDT, Tue April 16, 2013
Company promises Home for international Android users 'later today'
Facebook is today releasing a major update of its iOS app, v6.0. The biggest addition is Chat Heads, something recently introduced to Android via Facebook Home and an updated Messenger app. Unlike Android, the iOS Chat Heads can only run within the Facebook app, but do let people keep tabs on conversations without having to leave other views. Heads can be dragged around a screen or dismissed entirely.
Another chat-related improvement is the addition of "stickers," a variety of emoticons that can be inserted into chats. A Sticker Store allows downloading images beyond the ones included by default. The update lastly includes promised News Feed enhancements, particularly on the iPad, where stories should have a "brighter, more beautiful" appearance, according to Facebook.
The company meanwhile promises that non-American Android phone owners will be able to download Facebook Home "later today." The app is still limited to a handful of phones, including the HTC First, One X, and One X+, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II. The HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 are slated to get Home sometime in the near future.