Facebook starts App Center beta, readies itself for paid web apps
Facebook has announced that they will soon launch the App Center on the web and in mobile versions. It will let you explore app descriptions and ratings before downloading apps.
”Facebook is not trying to compete with iOS and Android, but rather helps Facebook-connected apps on those platforms grow”
According to Facebook’s blog post: “Well-designed apps that people enjoy will be prominently displayed. Apps that receive poor user ratings or don’t meet the quality guidelines won’t be listed”. So Facebook’s App Center will include apps which are high-rated with a good quality such as Draw Something, Pinterest, Spotify, Viddy, Battle Pirates. Moreover, when you visit the App Center, Facebook will automatically show you the apps which are relevant for you. It seems like sort of ‘News Feed’ for apps. In this case, this App Store will not list every available app.
”The App Center will send traffic to both the iOS and Android platforms. If, for example, you’re browsing Facebook’s App Center on your Android and you click a link for a plant/zombie game, you’ll be taken to that app’s Google Play page to install it.”
Users will find free and paid apps as well in the App Store so this could be the beginning of business opportunity for developers and Facebook as well. Today, Facebook has asked app developers to create an ‘app detail’ page with descriptions and screenshots.
The App Center is still in beta version.But this could be useful for Facebook users to have a good overview of the apps though. Developers can find more information on the Facebook Developer Blog.