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Facebook Announces Cross-platform App Center for Socially Sharable Software

Facebook has announced to developers its new plans for an App Center, which like our popular app stores for mobile and tablet will offer up an easy to browse and share library for games and tools which work in co-operation with the social site.

Facebook states on its blog that: “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.”

With this in mind socially sharable apps such as Facebook partner Spotify – which allows us to exchange playlists with pals, and Netflix – that lets us talk about which movies we’ve watched will appear with rankings and charts relating to the most used and most shared applications for Apple iOS and Android gadgets. Suggested items will be offered up which relate to common themes and interests discovered through the apps we choose to install. For example if you’ve installed Instagram you may be made aware of Photofunia or the likes by the auto generated recommendations.

If you like one of Facebook’s suggestions or spot an interesting app that a friend is enjoying you will easily be able to hop onto the Apple App Store or Google Play and grab the app without fuss. The system is designed to promote the cross-platform potential of our mobile apps and Facebook and to get developers and consumers thinking about this – and of course spending more money on software.

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