Facebook updates iPhone app with stickers and Chat Heads; iPad gets new design

facebookappsFacebook today announced updates for its iOS apps, which bring new messaging features to iPhone and the new News Feed design to both the iPad and iPhone.

Facebook will begin offering “stickers,” which are larger emoji that are popular in Asian messaging apps like Line, KakaoTalk and WeChat. Stickers are a key source of revenue for these and other third-party apps. Facebook announced a “sticker store,” but for now, the stickers are free to download.

fb-stickers


Facebook also introduced Chat Heads, a feature that allows users to read and respond to messages from whatever section of the app they’re in. Chat Heads are a big component of Facebook Home, but on Android they are accessible at any point, even if a user is on their homescreen or within another app such as Maps. This isn’t possible right now in iOS so the feature is limited to use while Facebook for iPhone is open.

fb-ios-chat-heads

The update for iPhone and iPad also includes the redesigned News Feed and filters, like what the company debuted and made available on desktop in March. Link shares and page Like stories include larger images, and check-ins include a map. Separate feeds for music, photos, pages and other categories are available by scrolling to the top of News Feed and pulling down. Users will see the new News Feed on their iOS device, even if they haven’t upgraded their desktop version.

new-news-feed-ios

Within the messaging section of the app, there are small additions including photo filters and a “shared photos” album that lets users quickly access images that they exchanged with a friend through private messages, similar to what email clients often include. A new photo enhancement, which can be combined with traditional filters, is also available. Users can tap the sun icon before they share a photo to make the colors more dramatic. A popular Instagram feature works similarly and also uses a sun symbol.

fb-ios-messenger

Social Media 101

Mediabistro Course

Social Media 101

Get hands-on social media training for beginners! Starting November 10, hear from our expert speakers on the  best practices for getting set up on the major social media platforms, how to create meaningful content, and engage with your audience across sites. Register now!

 

Leave a Reply

2 Responses to “Facebook updates iPhone app with stickers and Chat Heads; iPad gets new design”

  1. Is Facebook Hoping To Gain More Influence In Asia With Stickers? - AllFacebook says:

    [...] Screenshots courtesy of Inside Facebook. [...]

  2. Social Media Newsfeed: Facebook iOS Update | Twitter TV Content - SocialTimes says:

    [...] the company was talking about making a “version of its new mobile software for the iPhone.” Inside Facebook Link shares and page like stories include larger images, and check-ins include a map. CNET In [...]

Get the latest news in your inbox
interested in advertising with inside facebook?

Social Media Jobs
of the Day

Social Media Manager

The Culinary Institute of America
Poughkeepsie, NY

PR & Social Media Account Director

Manifest New York
New York, NY

Assistant Social Media Editor

Salon Media Group, Inc
New York, NY

Part-time Social Media Manager

Michelson on Medicine
New York, NY

Featured Company

Join leading companies like this one and recruit from the nation's top media job seekers on the Mediabistro Job Board. Every job post comes with our satisfaction guarantee. Learn More
 

Our Sponsors

Mediabistro A division of Prometheus Global Media home | site map | advertising/sponsorships | careers | contact us | help courses | browse jobs | freelancers | content | member benefits | reprints & permissions terms of use | privacy policy Copyright © 2014 Mediabistro Inc. call (212) 389-2000 or email us