It has been noted by TechCrunch already that users of the Facebook app for iOS have already noticed that the social network’s newest “App Center” tab is showing up in the navigational menu already within the application. This new feature has been designed as a one-stop destination for the discovery of apps on numerous different platforms, and from the recommendations coming from Facebook’s own editors selections which are pseronalized drawings from the usage of each and every person’s friends.
Similar to the interfaces that the company showed off in early May when it announced the App Center plans, you can see a left-hand navigation feature within Facebook’s feature-heavy iOS app. Apps with unread notifications appear in the top section. If you click through, you see the App Center (and you’ll note that the logo in the screenshot also matches what Facebook has previously released).
Inside the application centre, a tab called “Social Picks is offering applications based on what the friends of users have already used, as the “Top Apps” tab contains picks from the editors of Facebook which is determined by the quality and also popularity. The listings come with iOS, Android, HTML5 and also desktop applications, with the ability for users to choose directly through the App Store or also other marketplaces to download the applications on demand.
It is argued swell by The Next Web with the addition of the App Center there’s going to be a huge boost for Apple in helping the quality of the applications reach the surface from within the hundreds of millions of users from Facebook, with those top applications to be accessible easily to other users.
By launching this App Center, Facebook is actually doing Apple a gigantic favor in two regards. First, it will become a serious point of distribution for Apple developers, secondarily it will be a great avenue to talk Facebook developers into building iOS apps if they haven’t so far. [...]
Facebook’s App Center won’t be clouded by anything other than actual data and usage. Imagine that, apps will actually bubble up to the top based on how often people engage with them.
After a few years from what has become a “tenuous” relationship in between Apple and also Facebook, it is appearing to be that the two big companies are now moving their work more and more close together. At the conference of D10 just late last month, the CEO of Apple, Tim Cook had hinted that Facebook integration and some other announcements in that category, and he urges users to “stay tuned” like they say on TV.
For us, we want to provide customers simple and elegant ways to do the things they want to do. Facebook has hundreds of millions of customers. So, anyone that has an iPhone or iPad, we want them to have the best experience with Facebook on those platforms. So stay tuned.
And a few days after the comments from Cook, reports came through that Apple is indeed going to be showing off their iOS 6 integration of Facebook at the Worldwide Developers Conference next week, which will be making it a lot easier for any users to display pictures, status updates and also other content to the social network from iOS itself.
And Facebook released their App Center in the latest update to the iOS app, which goes to show that most companies are also moving very fast to modify their relationships with Facebook for their own mutual benefit and also the benefit of hundreds of thousands to millions of users who are relying on not only Apple devices but also the social network, Facebook.