Facebook 6.0 arrives with Chat Heads, new iPad UI, revamped News Feed and stickers!

As promised, the new Facebook version 6.0 update has just dropped on the App Store, bringing out a number of new features such as Chat Heads borrowed from Facebook Home for Android, a redesigned user interface on the iPad focused on the new News Feed which was announced in March, stickers in chat windows and more.

Get downloading and read the following one-line disclaimer from Facebook before you jump straight to the comments:

“Chat Heads and stickers will be available to everyone over the next few weeks”.

There, it’s a staggered roll-out, you’ve been warned…

Check out the new Chat Heads and chat stickers on a pair of screenies top of post.

Now you can keep chatting even when you’re doing other stuff on Facebook, like checking your News Feed.

To reply to a message, just tap Chat Heads. You can drag them around or flick them down to close.

To add stickers to your messages, just tap the smiley icon. Some stickers are free and others can be purchased in the Sticker Store revealed upon tapping the basket icon.

This is the new News Feed layout on an iPhone.

Facebook 6.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 003)

And here’s what it looks like on an iPad.

FAcebook 6.0 for iOS (iPad screenshot 004)

At least it no longer looks like a blown-up iPhone interface, no?

“The biggest change is on iPad, where you’ll see brighter, more beautiful stories,” reads amedia release.

Indeed, you can now browse your News Feed by Music, Photos, Games and other categories.

Your release notes for Facebook 6.0:

Brand new ways to chat and a cleaner look for News Feed.

New for iPhone
• Keep chatting from anywhere in the app with chat heads
• Send stickers to bring your messages to life
• Explore new feeds like Music, Photos and Games

New for iPad
• Keep chatting from anywhere in the app with chat heads
• Browse brighter, more beautiful stories

Chat heads and stickers will be available to everyone over the next few weeks.

Facebook urges employees to switch to Android!

Facebook is pushing Android, and pushing it hard. The campaign stemmed from an initiative earlier this summer to entice, and sometimes force employees to use the Facebook app on Android in order to make improvements to the Android Facebook app.

Posters in Facebook's offices pitch Android over iPhoneWe know there is no shortage of strong opinions about iOS vs. Android. Regardless of those arguments, the Facebook app for iOS is outstanding, and by just about any measure a superior execution compared to its Android cousin (and other platforms). Facebook knows this, and it is part of the reason why the iPhone has so much traction with its employees.

Facebook has enhanced its campaign to get employees to make the switch to Android by posting propaganda posters around its Menlo Park, California campus. It calls on employees to ‘droidfood (Andrdoid and dogfood), which means to get employees to use Facebook on Android, test it, live it, and eat it (testing your own programs, hence eating your own dog food).

The push to make a switch will take some time to make a dent, given carrier contracts and the company’s own propensity to offer iPhones in the past. So for now, Facebook is still heavy on the iOS side, and officially the company is not recommending one or the other, but the campaign is taking hold. The whole goal is to get employees testing the next generation Android apps and bring parity with its iOS counterpart.

One of the new features to help evaluate apps that are in beta testing is called “Rage Shake.” It allows employees to just shake the device, it logs the current disposition of the app and device and it sends it to the mobile app developers. Facebook has about 4,000 employee testers, so that test feature streamlines the flow of information coming in which, in turn, will mean big improvements to the Facebook app for Android down the road.