Chat Heads Headed To iOS Via Upcoming Jailbreak Tweak


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According to an exclusive report from The Verge, developer Adam Bell has created an upcoming jailbreak tweak that will allow you to utilize Facebook’s new Chat Heads system-wide in iOS. This proposed tweak comes just a day after Facebook released their updated iOS application with the new feature, but Bell wanted an experience that wouldn’t be limited in an application, thus creation of the tweak begun. The Verge claims it only took Bell “mere hours” to create and finalize the tweak..

As per the video below, Chat Heads works just as it does on Android, and looks close to perfect on iOS. Here’s the scoop:

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 Verge also noted that the tweak itself seems to have a few bugs, in such cases where the Chat Head may be inactive by a user for around a minute, the CH actually is unusable until the Facebook application is force closed. Another caveat is that the Facebook application must be open whenever a Chat Head is open, so beware if you’re one who holds their battery sacred.

However, Bell says that he’s hoping to have this tweak in the Cydia Store within the coming days, and we’re hoping that some of the bugs that The Verge addressed will be fixed within the release, or a following update. Be sure to stay tuned to the iOSVlog YouTube channel to check out this tweak once it’s released.

The Verge video:


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