Facebook opens app store

Macworld Australia Staff
10 May, 2012
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Facebook has announced it will launch its own app store for mobile iOS and Android devices and the web.

The App Center will be featured within the official Facebook application, allowing users to browse apps compatible with their device and provide links to the iTunes Store or Google Play for installation if required.

According to Facebook’s Aaron Brady, 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”.

“The App Center (is) a new place for people to find social apps,” Brady said, adding that is “gives developers an additional way to grow their apps and creates opportunities for more types of apps to be successful.

“In the coming weeks, people will be able to access the App Center on the web and in the iOS and Android Facebook apps. All canvas, mobile and web apps that follow the guidelines can be listed. All developers should start preparing today to make sure their app is included for the launch.”

Developers have until May 18 to submit their apps to Facebook in order to gain priority selection. They will have to create app detail pages for users to view screenshots and app information, and access the game.


The cost of apps will be determined by the developers, according to Brady.

“Many developers have been successful with in-app purchases, but to support more types of apps on Facebook.com, we will give developers the option to offer paid apps. This is a simple-to-implement payment feature that lets people pay a flat fee to use an app on Facebook.com.”



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