Facebook to launch its own App Center store

Facebook is launching its own app download store soon. Today, the company announced its plans to offer the store, titled App Center, on its developer blog page. Facebook said the store will be available "in the coming weeks" to the general public. It will be available for Android and iOS mobile devices, along with the web for PC users. The app store can also be used for existing in-browser Facebook applications.

In advance of the App Center's launch, Facebook is asking potential app creators to make their own app detail page, similar to what Apple has for the iTunes App Store and what Google has for Google Play. The company states, "The page is required for being listed in the App Center, and it will also become the new destination when non-users search for your app on Facebook."

Once an app is released on App Center, developers and Facebook itself will be able to track how well the app is rated by its users. Facebook states, "Well-designed apps that people enjoy will be prominently displayed. Apps that receive poor user ratings or don’t meet the quality guidelines won't be listed."

Even though the App Center plan sounds like Facebook is competing with Apple and Google, it really isn't. The site states, " ... if a mobile app requires installation, they will be sent to download the app from the App Store or Google Play." That means Apple and Google will likely get their own cut of the revenues via a app that a user gets from Facebook's App Center.

With just over 900 million worldwide users, Facebook clearly sees App Center as yet another way to monetize all of their subscribers. App developers also have a new and massive audience from which to sell their creations.

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Neobond said,
That also disables some apps I'm using like Facebook Connect on other sites, I want to disable just game app requests

+1 to this. I can't stand seeing all of these Game App requests from all my, albeit small, group of friends and family. I'd really love to see a one-click option to disable just the game requests. Also, while we're at it, a way to block all 'shared' links as well. I'm looking at the friends that think they need to share every damn 'funny' photo of cats they find.

Neobond said,
A great feature on Facebook would be an option to opt out of all these crappy app game requests. I have a feeling this is just going to make my feed even worse

Indeed. I spend half my time blocking apps. Sometimes they'll appear in groups which allows me to disable several at the same time but it still seems that for every one I disable another ten appear. There should be an option to prevent app content appearing in the news feed. Facebook is doing this deliberately to expose apps to more people to generate more revenue.

Sranshaft said,

+1 to this. I can't stand seeing all of these Game App requests from all my, albeit small, group of friends and family. I'd really love to see a one-click option to disable just the game requests. Also, while we're at it, a way to block all 'shared' links as well. I'm looking at the friends that think they need to share every damn 'funny' photo of cats they find.

YES! those shared stories that can only be viewed through an app are so annoying

Neobond said,

YES! those shared stories that can only be viewed through an app are so annoying


Agree those are annoying.

App requests can be blocked for a whole app. Just click the X to not accept the request and you should have a choice to block the app. Has worked terrific for me.

Also, there is an easy way to stop games stuff from showing in our feed. Hover over the name of each person in your friends list, and in the window that pops up, hover for the box with Friends(and checkmark) and in the drop down that shows, click on settings.. then click on each setting you don't want to see anymore from them. Games is one of those choices.
It might take a little while, but I easily cleaned up my feed by doing this. I do agree it might be nice to have a global setting for it, but this works.

There are some platforms on which I don't trust any apps except first party apps. Facebook is one of them given its past privacy issues.

xXgreatestever said,
Facebook is going to try to be everything and ultimately fail. TROLLLLED

we can only hope they fail.. I can't find a good enough face palm image to fit this.

Instead of doing this I wish they would spend some time and get the iPhone and Android Facebook apps working properly.

And yes I know it's going to be different teams of developers developing both systems.

alex. said,
Instead of doing this I wish they would spend some time and get the iPhone and Android Facebook apps working properly.

And yes I know it's going to be different teams of developers developing both systems.

This. Their mobile apps are so damn slow and buggy.

dimithrak said,
I hope this doesnt turn FB into another Myspace

The app requests are already making Facebook pretty tedious. Why would I want to know when my friends have read an article on a website unless they choose to share it themselves? It destroys the idea of privacy and is really, really creepy.

theyarecomingforyou said,

The app requests are already making Facebook pretty tedious. Why would I want to know when my friends have read an article on a website unless they choose to share it themselves? It destroys the idea of privacy and is really, really creepy.

tada Facebook!

Whatever happened to the time where Facebook was just about keeping in touch with friends? They've completely changed their core philosophy and I can see this eventually leading to another MySpace fiasco in the near future.

Some kid at Facebook just got an AOL floppy to run on a new computer and is stealing all their ideas.

Seriously, the internet on the internet? It's been done before.

Surprised they didnt do this earlier ... They've had apps integrated into Facebook for quite some time now so this only makes sense.

Will these apps come with the required snooping software to try and glean yet more information out of its users? perhaps they will start recording the size of your finger press on the glass screen

Why can't Facebook just be a social site? I don't want it to be a hub for everything. Heck, I got rid of it (again) recently, so it does not matter to me. But, still, simplicity is key here.

Whatever happened to project spartan, where facebook was supposed to rival iOS and create a store like this for html5 apps and was workign to convert games with their partners from flash and other formats to html5 so people could play them on iOS without going throught he app store and similar.

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