Facebook unveils "chat heads" messaging tool for mobile phones

MENLO PARK, California Thu Apr 4, 2013 2:05pm EDT

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's co-founder and chief executive speaks during a Facebook press event in Menlo Park, California, April 4, 2013. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's co-founder and chief executive speaks during a Facebook press event in Menlo Park, California, April 4, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Robert Galbraith

MENLO PARK, California (Reuters) - Facebook Inc introduced a messaging tool called "chat heads" on Thursday, part of a new family of software applications called "Home" intended to place the social network and its services at the forefront of users' mobile phones.

Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg introduced "Home" on Thursday from Facebook's Menlo Park, California, headquarters.

(Reporting By Gerry Shih; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)