Jun1812Jun 18, 12
Facebook has launched their very own app store in a bid to help members explore the software that's available on the social network. The new service is to be available for Android and iOS users as well as those using a desktop computer.
This should be a good move for Facebook, because whether they bought a PC from PC world, or a phone from O2, customers will boost the internet giants revenues. Facebook has a 30% share of app purchases that are made using its credit system.
So far Facebook is allowing users from the company's native US to test out the store first. The UK and other countries across Europe and the world are to follow later, getting what the firm has described as a "personalised experience".
It's going to have similar features to the rest of the Facebook site. In the same way that Facebook tells you what things your friends have liked, it will also tell you what apps your friends are using from the store. Which will make it easier for you to know which will allow friendly interaction between apps.
More than 600 apps have been introduced to the new app store to start it off, including the video app Socialcam and other social sites like rival Pinterest.
Speaking about the new App Centre, Matt Wyndowe, Facebook's Product Manager for app games said: "Every app in the App Centre has screen-shots and a detailed description, so you can learn more about it before installing it." He says the Centre will also allow the user to choose who gets to see their Facebook activity.
Facebook's been trying to expand into the mobile market for a while now. Although the social network is cautious. If this venture falls through, its "financial performance and ability to grow revenue" will be affected negatively.