Facebook updates Messenger for Android with Facebook Home’s ‘Chat Heads’ feature

Chat-heads-Facebook-MessengerWhen Facebook unveiled its new Facebook Home Android experience set to roll out on number of devices today via Google Play, one of the most talked about features was “Chat heads”. The feature allows users to quickly access Facebook messages and SMS through circular profile pictures that users can access from anywhere in the OS and organize freely on the screen.  Today, seemingly as part of its official roll out of Home, Facebook has updated its Messenger app for Android bringing a small piece of Home functionality to all Android users.

The updated version of Facebook Messenger implements the new Chat Heads feature, allowing you to see a small round icon with the face of the person you’re talking to hovering on the display even when you exit the app. When engaged in a conversation in Messenger, exiting the app will automatically create a chat head floating on top no matter where you navigate, allowing you to quickly jump back into the conversation. The chat heads can be arranged freely and dismissed at any time by dragging them off the bottom of the screen.

On top of rolling out the first device to come with Facebook Home stock– the HTC First– Facebook Home will also initially be supporting the HTC One X, One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, and eventually the HTC One and the Galaxy S4. Read more

HTC M7 reportedly set to launch in 2013 as successor to One X line, boasting several enhancements

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UnwiredView has more details on the rumored HTC M7 this afternoon—a device that is set to replace the company’s One X line. According to the report, the HTC M7 will feature “several industry firsts,” boasting a 4.7-inch display with a pixel density of 468PPI and a number of visual improvements. It will also sport a second-generation 1.7GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal flash storage, and LTE. As for the camera, one of the focuses of the One X, the latest device, is said to feature several camera improvements, with a 1080p, 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1080p front-facing camera. As for the software, not much seems to change. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with a Sense 5 overlay is expected. Sprint and Verizon look to be the destination for HTC’s latest flagship, with a Mobile World Conference announcement in sight this spring.

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HTC One X GSM unlocked with 32GB of storage hits eBay for $629

Ready to get your hands on HTC’s latest offering? Well now is your chance, because eBay is offering a GSM unlocked version of the HTC One X for $629. The HTC One X was unveiled a few months back at MWC, and it features a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, Android 4.0, 8-megapixel camera, and 32GB of storage. Go ahead and check it out on eBay, and let us know if you made the purchase in the comments.

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