Facebook Chat Heads will come to iOS as a jailbreak tweak


Facebook updated its iOS app earlier this week. Along with some nice UI changes came the Chat Heads feature within the messaging part of the application. Sadly, unlike Facebook Home on Android, the Chat Heads were only visible when you were in the app. As many people pointed out, one of the great things about fully-fledged Chat Heads on Android is that it allows you to stay social regardless of which app you’re using. Thankfully, a clever 21-year old hacker has been hard at work to make it a possibility on the iPhone.

Adam Bell has created a tweak for jailbroken iPhones which simulates the Chat Heads feature in its entirety. Getting it to work didn’t take long, but ironing out some of the bugs is taking a little time. Essentially, it works by making the rest of the Facebook app invisible.

As reported by TheVerge:

The trick, according to Bell, was isolating the Facebook app from the Chat Heads living inside it. Chat Heads inhabit a separate layer inside the Facebook app, so it was just a matter of finding that layer and making the rest of the app transparent. “The hardest part was getting this all to render on top of everything else,” Bell says, which means Facebook is always running on your phone. Apparently, Bell’s tweak doesn’t take much of a toll on battery life. “It doesn’t seem very resource intensive,” he says. “Only when you move the Chat Head is it actually doing anything.”

The site also got hands on time with the tweak, and (obviously) produced a video to show it off. Hit this link to head on over to the report.


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