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The social media giant, Facebook on Wednesday announced the App Center, a new
place for people to find social apps.
The App Center gives developers an additional way to grow their apps and creates opportunities for more types of apps to be successful.
The announcement came as Facebook admitted growth in mobile use could hurt future advertising revenue.
Ahead of its initial public offering, Facebook told potential investors in a statement: "If users increasingly access Facebook mobile products as a substitute for access through personal computers, and if we are unable to successfully implement monetisation strategies for our mobile users, or if we incur excessive expenses in this effort, our financial performance and ability to grow revenue would be negatively affected."
According to Facebook in the coming weeks, people will be able to access the App Center on
the web and in the iOS and Android Facebook apps.
A place to find great apps
For the over 900 million people that use Facebook, 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.
Everything has an app detail page, which helps people see what makes an app unique and lets them install it before going to an app.
Growth for high-quality apps
Success through the App Center is tied to the quality of an app. We use a variety of signals, such as user ratings and engagement, to determine if an app is listed in the App Center. To help you monitor user feedback, we are also introducing a new app ratings metric in Insights to report how users rate your app over time.
Well-designed apps that people enjoy will be prominently displayed. Apps that receive poor user ratings or donâ€™t meet the quality guidelines won't be listed.
Driving mobile installs
The App Center is designed to grow mobile apps that use Facebook â€“ whether theyâ€™re on iOS, Android or the mobile web. From the mobile App Center, users can browse apps that are compatible with their device, and if a mobile app requires installation, they will be sent to download the app from the App Store or Google Play.
Paying for Apps
The App Center will, for the first time, allow software developers to sell apps to consumers directly on Facebook.
'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,' says Facebook's Developer blog.
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