April 16, 2013 at 2:20 PM ET
Facebook has updated its iOS app with some features from its new Android launcher, Home — but don't expect the same level of integration as the "Facebook Phone." Apple is unlikely to let Facebook take over their hardware any time soon.
The new features mainly pertain to messages: iOS users now have access to Chat Heads, Home's pictorial representation of current conversation. Users will also be able to put the new "stickers" into chats.
That brings messages in line with the Android ecosystem, but the more intense features found in Home, such as the custom lockscreen and redesigned home page layout, won't be coming to iOS. A slightly changed news feed is part of the latest update, but it's more of a tweak than a serious redesign.
That's not to say Facebook wouldn't love to bring them over. The social network is already deeply integrated with iOS, but Apple is much more protective of its own interface and design, so a complete takeover by Home is unlikely to happen.
In the meantime, the ability to share items directly from Safari and other apps, combined with the new messaging features, should be more than enough Facebook features for most.
Devin Coldewey is a contributing writer for NBC News Digital. His personal website is coldewey.cc.