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Google tweaks Play store policies blocking external app updates

Google made changes to its Play store policies this week that are aimed at preventing applications from updating without going through the official Google approved methods. The change in Google Play policies comes after Facebook offered a direct update for its Facebook Home social homescreen rather than going through Google Play for the update. Clearly, Google didn't appreciate that.

Facebook Messenger app update brings stickers to Android

With details coming by way of a previous app update, Facebook had said they would have Chat Heads and stickers available for everyone over the next few weeks. Those stickers were later found to be hidden and available for those willing (or able) to tap a tiny little spot next to the plus button. As of today though, Facebook has once again updated the Android Messenger app and this time they have added the sticker support.

Facebook Messenger for Android found to be hiding sticker support

The Facebook Messenger app was recently updated in the Google Play Store. That update arrived last week and brought support for a new feature called Chat Heads. As it turns out, that update also contained another new feature. That other new feature is still hidden for Android users, however it is one that will be familiar for those using the regular Facebook app on an iOS device -- stickers.

Facebook Home unofficially patched for unsupported devices

Facebook Home originally launched on April 12, however as we were expecting to happen, it is only available for a select few devices at this time. The supported device list includes the HTC One X and One X+ as well as the Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III. There is also announced future support for the GALAXY S 4 and the HTC One. While this list includes some of the more popular Android phones, it still is only a few.

Facebook Home available now on the Google Play Store

Get excited folks because Facebook Home is finally here for a select few. We all knew that Facebook Home would arrive today, and now it appears to finally be available. This morning we reported that both Facebook and their messenger apps received updates prepping for Home, and now Home has just hit the Play Store - although it appears to be slowly rolling out.