We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

The App Center as it appears on mobile and web devices Facebook

Facebook app store goes live today

The App Center will put the company in direct competition with Apple and Google.

FACEBOOK HAS LAUNCHED its own app store, stepping up its battle with rival tech giants Apple and Google.

The App Center is now available to users in the US, and will be rolled out to all Facebook accounts in the next few weeks, the company said.

It will feature more than 600 apps, including already widely-used plug-ins such as Pinterest and Draw Something. In a blog post, Facebook said the store will also carry a number of new apps, naming Jetpack Joyride, Ghosts of Mistwood and Ghost Recon Commander.

The company said:

The App Center gives you personalised recommendations, and lets you browse the apps your friends use. It only lists high-quality apps, based on feedback from people who use the app.

The store will be available via the Facebook iOS and Android apps as well as via web. This video gives a feel of how it will be navigated:


Facebook’s announcement is the latest in a series of moves designed to make the social network a one-stop platform for users, rather than simply a place to engage with friends. It will again put the company in direct competition with Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play apps for Android.

Facebook recently purchased photo-sharing site Instagram for roughly $1billion.

Read: Facebook to offer new file-sharing feature>

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.