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Facebook App Center now live in India

Complicated searches and tried-and-tested attempts at tracking down popular or rare apps are things of the past for millions of Facebook users in India, who are known to spend several waking hours playing games or keeping in touch with ‘friends’.

apps Updated: Jul 12, 2012 13:51 IST
Sneha Mahale

Complicated searches and tried-and-tested attempts at tracking down popular or rare apps are things of the past for millions of Facebook users in India, who are known to spend several waking hours playing games or keeping in touch with ‘friends’. The social networking website has now launched its application centre, titled App Center, as a move to help users find games, music services and media content easily. They had launched the App Center in the US last month. “It’s now available to everyone in the US, Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, and the UK,” Facebook software engineer Drew Hoskins said on the company’s official blog on Tuesday. The service is also available on Apple and Android mobile devices.

The App Center icon is currently located on the left side of the home page. Upon clicking, users are directed to categories ranging from games, music, photos, videos and lifestyle to news, entertainment, sports, travel and tourism. Each app comes with a rating, details of how many people have played or downloaded it, and even a
list of which friends are using it. Facebook also recommends apps to users based on their interests.

Social networking enthusiasts are happy with the development. Shruti Karnik, 22, an MBA student, says, “I am excited to have all the apps on one platform. I don’t need to waste time finding them and can focus on using them instead.”

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* Sub-categories like ‘top rated’, ‘recommended’, ‘trending’, ‘top grossing’ and ‘friends’ to help you keep track of apps that are popular as well as favourites in your social circle.

* Facebook has divided all applications into web, mobile and all (web + mobile). This works well for those with compatibility issues.

* The social networking website has added a localisation tool to the App Dashboard that would allow developers to translate the names and descriptions of their apps into other languages.