Wait A Minute... Now Facebook Has An App Store?

App Stores. Everyone is doing it. So, naturally, it was only a matter of time before Facebook went and launched its own fancy little app store. And, as usual, Facebook is attempting to make its App Store the mega super App Store to end all App Stores. Well, kinda...

Facebook is calling it an 'App Center', and they're positioning it more as a place where consumers can find and share apps they've found, hence making it easier to purchase them.

"The App Center is designed to grow mobile apps that use Facebook," says Facebook's Aaron Brady, "whether they’re on iOS, Android or the mobile web. From the mobile App Center, users can browse apps that are compatible with their device, and if a mobile app requires installation, they will be sent to download the app from the App Store or Google Play."

It sounds like Facebook is trying to help promote apps, but also create a way for people to find and share those apps. It's also intended to be something that measures the success of those apps through engagement and user ratings.

Considering the fact that the mainstream public don't really have a way to find out precisely what is good and what is terrible on the Apple Store and Google Play, I'd say this might end up being a positive thing. Hopefully this will help give top quality mobile games a little more play.

Thanks Gizmodo!


Comments

    You act so surprised by the fact Facebook has one. >_>

      You know if this was a Plunkett article the title would be "Facebook's Got Apps" and then the image at the top would have the 'ce' in Facebook replaced with 'pp'.

      Get it?

        Dude.. you're now commenting about Luke Plunkett on articles not even written by him?

          I found it funny.

    This one isn't so surprising. The most facepalm-worthy one for me was when Firefox 4 (I think?) came out and it had apps. That one is followed by the wtf-inducing uTorrent having apps.

    So sick of "apps".

      You aren't thinking of the Chrome app store are you?

        *shrug* I've never had Chrome on my computers.

    Jeez, leave the linkbait headlines to KotakUS, please.

    Store: A retail establishment selling items to the public
    Selling: Give or hand over (something) in exchange for money:

    There is no money exchanged here. This is more akin to the Steam Workshop than any 'App Store'.

      Money is exchanged, it's just not highlighted in this article. The F-book App Store is designed to also allow developers who don't see any money from in-game transactions (mostly because they don't offer any) have a method of getting some kind of financial return for their game.
      (http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/170047/Facebook_now_allows_developers_to_sell_their_games.php)

        Wow.. now THAT's more worth remarking on. Who would pay for apps on facebook? Why wasn't this the subject of the article? It's like he went out of his way to dodge the fact that pay to use apps were coming to facebook... Thanks Ahtaps.

    I wonder if this has anything to do with recent research finding that users send more time using Facebook on mobile devices. It's going to be interesting to see how all these app stores (mobile devices, browsers, and sites all have app stores now) affect the market.

    It's like the Steam vs. Origin debate. People like Steam because they have all their games accessible from one place. If you throw in Origin, you suddenly have two accounts to manage and two separate access points. You then also need to remember which games you have under which accounts and suddenly it's all a bit complex. Fragmentation like this is also why there are groups out there pushing for a unified and open e-book format so people can transfer their e-books from Nooks, to Kindles, to whatever other platform they want without having to worry about proprietary formats.

    Why all the rage.

    As a 'indie' developer that definitely sounds interesting to me as a way to promote apps/games. Glad it was posted somewhere so I could hear about it.

    And surrounding the app center will be a solid border of ads promoting zyngashit

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