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
can see the guidelines here.