Social networking giant Facebook is now joining the app store game with the announcement of its App Center. Facebook claims that the new App Center will help developers get their mobile and web applications discovered by a larger audience.
The App Center will not only become a part of Facebook website, but also its Android and iOS apps. It will feature free and paid apps, just like the Apple App Store and Google Play.
“For the over 900 million people that use Facebook, the App Center will become the new, central place to find great apps like Draw Something, Pinterest, Spotify, Battle Pirates, Viddy, and Bubble Witch Saga,” wrote Facebook in a blog post for developers. “Everything has an app detail page, which helps people see what makes an app unique and lets them install it before going to an app.”
This is a big move for the company in terms of raking in money and users. According to tech news site Venture Beat, Facebook, being a platform-neutral party, can distribute any kind of applications for different kinds of devices.
Also, as a developer, there will be more opportunities from Facebook integration as the platform has more users and they might get better data. The company is offering a “simple-to-implement” payment system that allows users to pay a fee to use a Facebook app. Currently, the beta testing for Facebook’s paid apps program is underway.
What are your thoughts on this new move by Facebook?