Facebook Announces Social App Center

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Following in the footsteps of Apple, Google and many others, Facebook announced plans to unveil its own app store in the coming weeks.

This new offering will give developers a new avenue for promoting their work across multiple mobile platforms, while adding another place for users to discover new apps.

The thoughtfully named Facebook App Center will allow users to search for Facebook apps that run on the Web, as well as iOS and Android devices, provided the applications have some kind of tie into Facebook, which at the very least means using Facebook Login.

Apps will be searchable by category and ratings, with the most popular among them highlighted for convenience.

Facebook plans to set the App Center apart from its competitors by offering a social aspect to the discovery process. Instead of showing a single list of top apps that is identical for every user, each individual will see a list of recommended apps based on what their Facebook friends are using.

Developers can charge users for their apps, and anyone interested in building for the Facebook App Center can see the guidelines here.

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