On Tuesday, we showed you how to access Facebook’s hidden stickers within Chat Heads on Android, but as of today, they are no longer a buried treasure. Thanks to a new update to Facebook Messenger, stickers are officially supported on Android.
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Facebook Messenger for iOS recently got an update that introduced some snazzy stickers users could send to their friends, but for unknown reasons, these haven’t yet been brought to Android. At least not officially — but they are hiding in Facebook’s Android app, and they’re pretty easy to find.
Here’s how to get them.
Facebook has announced that Facebook Home is set to rollout internationally, following its debut in the U.S. on April 12. The purpose of the short U.S exclusivity was to ensure that any bugs and issues were ironed out before the new launcher went global.
Facebook Home hit Google Play on Friday, but it only comes with support for a small handful of devices initially — and those devices have to be located inside the United States. But as is often the case when it comes to Android, there is a workaround.
You can now download a patched version of the official Facebook Home release for any Android device. Here’s how.
Facebook Home may be launching on just five Android smartphones today — one of which hasn’t even hit stores yet — but one of its new features is now available to everyone. Chat Heads was just added to the Facebook Messenger app, making quicker and easier than ever to reply to messages and switch between conversations.
If you’re a big Facebook user, you’re probably itching to get your hands on Facebook Home, the new Android launcher announced last week. It’s coming to Google Play on April 12, but it will only be compatible with five smartphones initially. But you can install a leaked Facebook Home beta on your Android smartphone today.
While Google’s Android platform may be the biggest rival to iOS, the search giant is happy to support users who choose Apple’s device. In fact, thanks to apps like YouTube and Google Maps, Google is the App Store’s top publisher, beating Apple on its own turf.
Facebook has begun rolling out its free voice calling feature to Facebook Messenger users in the United Kingdom, just days after the service landed in the U.K. on the iPhone. You won’t need to update the Facebook Messenger app; the feature will be added quietly in the background.
There have also been reports that Facebook has been rolling out a pilot VOIP feature to the Messenger app, which will let users call other Facebook Messenger friends for free, or at least without incurring carrier voice minute debits.
The VOIP option is not available for all users, as the iOS app is the only one with even a mention of the feature in the app description. TechCrunch reported that the pilot program is only available in Canada for now, as well.
Facebook is changing the policy of requiring a Facebook account for Facebook Messenger and will now allow users to sign up using only their name and phone number. This change is an attempt to bolster Messenger usage by attracting users who want an SMS alternative but aren’t interested in joining a social network to get it.