App Center covers all apps compliant with platform guidelines, plans for flat fee paid-for apps revealed.
A blog post on the Facebook developersâ€™ blog announced the launch of the App Center to serve as â€œthe new, central place to find great appsâ€.Â Each listed app will have its own detail page, a no-strings-attached preview of the appâ€™s functionalities for potential users.
The main criterion for listing in the App Center is â€œthe quality of an appâ€, defined as a combination of users ratings and engagement. The introduction of an â€œapp ratings metricâ€, with findings broken down by gender and age groups, is designed to help developers keep an eye on the evolution of their app over time. Consequently, user ratings now play a major role in app selection on Facebook.
The App Center also aims for a mobile install boost with Facebook users being able to browse through a variety of mobile apps and then download them directly from App Store or Google Play.Â This adds to the already existing Login mobile use support mechanism, which â€œensures all referral traffic from Facebook to [the] application is already connected with Facebookâ€.
Facebook is free and will remain free, but Facebook apps might not, as the beta version of a flat fee payment system for apps has also been launched.