Facebook to Launch App Centre
Facebook recently announced that it will be launching “a place to find social web, desktop, and mobile apps” in form of its own App Centre.
This App Centre will not be for only Facebook apps but will serve as a portal for meeting all your app needs – Desktop, Mobile and Web. Facebook seems to be attempting to solve the problem of App Discovery which seems to plague most platforms today. They plan to do this by recommending apps to you based on what you and your friends have already shown previous interest in. This is something that Facebook is uniquely positioned to do due to its massive social graph, which will allow Facebook bring a unique and personalized selection of apps to each user.
Facebook makes it clear that they do not try to compete with Apple or Google’s App Store business as discovered iOS or Android apps will still redirect you to the respective app stores for purchase.
With this development, Facebook is positioning itself to become a massive app distribution centre and with a user base of around a billion people, it will be a platform that developers will find quite appealing.
We look forward to seeing what the App Centre looks like once it comes out of its current developer preview and is finally available to the public.
Source: Washington Post