Facebook Readies Paid App Center
Developers' predicament grows even more dire. They already have to fret over creating working and optimized applications for iOS and Android platforms. Now they will also have to take Facebook into consideration as the social networking site has revealed their own app store. Apps can be developed using HTML5 or Facebook's own web-based platform.
Until now, Facebook had just been offering free applications which had the option of utilizing micro-transactions to make money. But the new move of allowing paid apps, along with Facebook's pervasive reach, means developers have to view the social network site as a viable revenue stream.
Unlike Apple's app store, Facebook seeks to use their social clout among users to tailor their App Center's app listings. There will be no objective leaderboard for the offerings and every person will see a unique ranking of apps based on their own characteristics.
Another happy byproduct of the introduction is the fact that the app pages which litter Facebook currently will find a centralized home. Those who wish to take part in the trial versions of the App Center can sign-up here.