Facebook is opening its own app store called the App Center, “a new place for people to find social apps.” The App Center will feature all kinds of apps, including iOS, Android, web and mobile web apps.
Like in other app stores, the App Center will include rankings and listings for top apps. Here is more from the Facebook developer’s blog: “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 don’t meet the quality guidelines won’t be listed.”
The App Center will also include paid apps. Venture Beat has more: “The company stated it expects in-app purchases to be developers’ primary money-makers for the time being; however, making paid apps available through the Facebook platform is the beginning of a very interesting business opportunity, both for devs and for Facebook.”