Facebook has officially launched the App Center for both desktop and mobile devices and it has gone live for many users. On iOS the App Center is no App Store, as it acts as a directory for users who can see apps that are using Facebook integration in one way or the other and are available in the App Store for download. The App Center shows up in the side pane of the official Facebook app on iOS and similarly on it’s website on computers. Initially the App Center features 600 apps and also gives users recommendation on apps according to their tastes.
In it’s event Facebook revealed some very interesting facts about the App Store. It reported that the social network pushed users 83 million times to the Apple’s App Store in May alone, which is a pretty impressive number. That also means that people like to share the App Store links of their favorite iOS apps on their profiles for their friends to see. Facebook’s main goal with the App Center is to let users know what apps are integrated with Facebook, and help those apps gain popularity among it’s users.
Here’s the Press Release by Facebook
Press release: 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.
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.
Watch a screencast of the App Center.
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