Facebook App Center
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Okay folks, we’re live at Facebook’s press event for… sure enough, its new mobile App Center , the one that started leaking out earlier today. The company shared most of the details about how the store will work during a May press announcement , but to review: it’ll be one central store for finding any app across web, iOS, Android, mobile web, etc. You’ll get app suggestions based on ratings and what your friends play, similar to previous recommendation features that Facebook has provided over the years. And, paid apps are also part of the deal.
Facebook has built a new application discovery tool to help its users find third-party mobile and Web applications that integrate with the popular social network. The Facebook App Center , which launched this evening with approximately 600 application listings, is accessible through Facebook’s website and mobile applications. The main App Center landing page on the Facebook website displays personalized app recommendations and a list of the apps that are popular among the user’s friends. A list of application categories in the sidebar can be used to navigate into different sections of the App Center. There is also a toggle button that can be used to filter for Web or mobile applications.
Facebook revealed some healthy new stats about how it drives traffic to Apple’s iOS ecosystem at an event today in San Francisco. The platform drove people to Apple’s App Store 83 million times last month. On top of that, it sent people back to iOS apps they had already downloaded 134 million times. Facebook was also integrated into seven of the top 10 grossing iOS apps and six of the top 10 Android apps. The company’s emerging power on mobile platforms has been very visible in the surprising rise of apps like SocialCam and Viddy.
Today, we’re announcing the App Center, a new place for people to find social apps. The App Center gives developers an additional way to grow their apps and creates opportunities for more types of apps to be successful. In the coming weeks, people will be able to access the App Center on the web and in the iOS and Android Facebook apps. All canvas, mobile and web apps that follow the guidelines can be listed. All developers should start preparing today to make sure their app is included for the launch.
Facebook is launching a new App Center, “a place to find social web, desktop, and mobile apps” — and not just Facebook apps. The App Center will bring Facebook’s 900 million users all the best in iOS apps, Android apps, web apps, mobile web apps, and even desktop apps. “The goal is to solve the app discovery problem… based on what you and your friends enjoy,” a Facebook rep told VentureBeat in a phone chat today. You won’t just find free apps here, either. Facebook is also introducing paid apps.
App Discovery By Quality, Not Popularity: Facebook Announces App Center For Web, iOS, Android, HTML5, Pre-PaidToday, Facebook app discovery too heavily favors the loudest apps with the most users, so Facebook today announces it will soon launch the App Center , a single, personalized hub for discovering the highest quality Facebook-integrated games and utilities from across the web and mobile. And for the first time, Facebook is beta testing the option for developers to sell pre-paid web and HTML5 apps . You’ll be able to access App Center via the web or mobile, and you can send apps you discover on a the web to your littler devices. App Center could be a huge boon to app growth on Facebook, especially for those that are beloved but not inherently viral. With any luck, App Center will usher in an age where your news feed is filled with apps you actually want use, not just the spammiest ones or those with the biggest marketing budgets.
Facebook today announced that it will begin supporting paid apps on its platform to be featured and sold in the new App Center also revealed today. Paid apps are a new monetization model for Facebook. Previously, the social network primarily supported freemium applications that users add for free and then potentially pay for in-app items like virtual goods or digital media.