Chat heads are now on #google’s Phone app for easier multitasking

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Google’s latest update of its Android phone app comes with the addition of a rather popular interactive messaging feature: chat heads. You may recognize the little floating chat bubbles that you can drag around your phone as a mainstay of Android, but they were in fact invented in their modern form by Facebook back in 2013 as part of a now-defunct Android lock screen product called Facebook Home, which bundled Messenger chats with your SMS text messages for the first time.

Chat heads have since become a popular feature for messaging apps across the board (except for iMessage), and Google is now integrating them into Google Phone version 17, as reported today by 9to5Google. Similar to how chat heads pull up a drop-down menu of recent…

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