Around a month ago, Facebook announced that it had plans to launch a cross-platform app store completely written in HTML5. Named “App Center,” it would contain both third-party titles, as well as Facebook’s own applications. They gave a timeframe of “the coming weeks” when it was announced, but nothing has been heard of it since; until today that is. A screenshot leaked over at TechCrunch, where they claim that it was sent by a reader that already is seeing App Center live in his iOS app. It is very possibly real, with Facebook recently giving this statement:
Since we announced the App Center to developers last month, we’ve been testing it with a small percentage of users. We have no further details to announce at this time.
Facebook has said it will be available to all users in the coming weeks, but more may be seen in it’s app-centered press conference tonight in San Francisco. The social network is already helping traffic to other app stores, responsible for more than 1.1 billion app visits this year. Hoping to build on that, is App Center. With it they can take advantage of their own data like knowing what apps users have, and when and how much they use them.
What do you think? Is App Center almost here? Are you interested in hearing more about this? Let us know in comments.