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Facebook already knows quite a lot about you and your friends, so why not use all that data to help find the best apps? This is exactly what Facebook is looking to do with its new App Center. Don't fret, though. This isn't yet another place for developers to upload and manage their apps. This is more of an online catalog infused with social smarts.

Facebook says the service will launch right now with over 500 apps, but didn't specify what the split would be between iOS and Android. However, the social network did say it would only be dealing in "high-quality apps, based on feedback from people who use the app." The apps it recommends will depend heavily on what your friends use and like. Conventional web apps have a home in App Center too.

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The App Center will be built into the Android and iOS apps, as well as the Facebook website. The website will have a "send to mobile" feature to get content on your device. When installation is required, your device will get a link to the Play Store for download. App Center will have screenshots, reviews, and permission information as well.

Facebook App Center will be rolling out to users in batches over the next few weeks. If you trust your Facebook friends to dig up good stuff, this might be a cool way to find new apps. But if you're already worried Facebook has too much data on you, this won't help matters.

[Facebook]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

  • moelsen8

    facebook can't even get notifications right.  pfft.

  • TynanDeRosa

    Hey look, more shit no one wants.

  • peeved

    Yep I think they should focus on making the mobile apps work properly... have to use another app for browsing news feeds, because I don't want the android app telling everyone I'm online.

  • http://www.facebook.com/supercool11 Shashank Johri

    Yeah..seriously..no one wants it.Facebook should focus on their mobile apps that they work properly..

  • Gav456

    Like anyone's gonna trust Facebook when it comes to knowing anything about apps when their own is so catastrophically, monumentally terrible!! Even the iPhone app is gash. Fix your own app before wasting time on crap nobody will use.

  • David Wormley

    If Facebook cared so much about the quality of apps based on user feedback, they wouldn't have such poor mobile apps.

  • ourgeorge

    I'm looking forward to it, app search is obviously broken.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    While I hate the idea of this being tied to Facebook, I do see potential in the core idea.  Consider how many people we know who are absolutely clueless about everything on Android.  With this, it'll be far more likely that they are exposed to higher quality apps that are far better than what they already have.  I'd much rather see Google incorporate a feature like this in G+ (since they have more information available and are more capable), but I can see Facebook being a perfectly passable platform for the immediate future.