Facebook launched their much anticipated App Center late on Thursday. The details of the new store were released last May and now punters finally have access.
The App Center acts as a central store for finding any app across web, iOS, Android, mobile web, etc. Users get app suggestions based on ratings and what their friends play, similar to previous recommendation features that Facebook has provided over the years. Paid apps are also be available for download.
Initially there are 600 social apps on offer, including Nike+ GPS, Ubisoft Ghost Recon Commander, Stitcher Radio, Draw Something, and Pinterest. Once you find an app you’re interested in, you can click through to get all the details. If you like, you can also play it right then and there (if it’s a Web app) or send an iTunes or Google Play link to your mobile device (for mobile apps).
“The App Center represents a new way for users to discover social applications,” said Douglas Purdy, Facebook’s director of developer products, who showed off the App Center at a launch party in San Francisco. Plus, he says, it gives developers a way to reach Facebook’s more than 900 million users. Facebook was responsible for 83 million visits to the Apple App Store in May.