Facebook Announces App Center, Bringing it to both Android and iOS

Facebook is known for regularly launching new features and tonight’s announcement from Facebook is no exception. The social media giant will begin rolling out a new feature to users tonight called App Center which is designed to help users find new mobile and web apps that they can use with your friends. According to Facebook, the App Center will contain only ‘high-quality apps’ that is based purely on feedback from users. One of the features is that it will give you a personalized selection of recommended apps and show which ones your friends use. The App Center will be nestled inside the Facebook app for both platforms and also the Facebook website. Once you find an app that you think you want, you click on it and you’ll be sent to the app store for your platform to download it. If you find an app while on the website and don’t have your phone handy never fear because Facebook will send a download link to your phone for you to install when you next use your phone. It is set to launch with 600+ apps initially and that number will obviously grow as time goes on.

The App Center seems like an interesting idea that could help to get customers more involved with some of the apps built into Facebook. Of course, there’s other ways to have apps recommended to you but Facebook is obviously betting on the fact that you’ll use this to help suck you in even more into the world of Facebook. If you want to check out the App center and see what it’s all about then head over to facebook.com/appcenter or check the Facebook app on your phone to see if it’s been updated yet. Facebook’s full press announcement is listed below.

App Center: A New Place to Find Social Apps

June 07, 2012

By Matt Wyndowe 

Today we’re launching the App Center to make it easier to find apps you can enjoy with friends.

The App Center features mobile and web apps, such as Draw Something, Pinterest, and Nike+ GPS, and new apps including Jetpack Joyride, Ghosts of Mistwood, and Ghost Recon Commander.

Discover the best apps for you

The App Center gives you personalized recommendations, and lets you browse the apps your friends use. It only lists high-quality apps, based on feedback from people who use the app.

Install mobile apps

To make it easier to find social apps for mobile, the App Center is available in the Facebook iOS and Android apps, as well as Facebook.com.

You can send apps you find on your computer to your mobile device using the new “Send to Mobile” feature. If a mobile app requires a download, you’ll be sent to install it from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Easily preview apps

Every app in the App Center has screenshots and a detailed description, so you can learn more about it before installing it. It helps you control your privacy by showing the information an app needs and letting you choose who can see your activity on Facebook. If you decide you want to use an app, you can get started directly from the App Center. 

Get started

The App Center will begin rolling out to people in the U.S. today, with more than 600 apps. It will be available to everyone in the coming weeks.

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