Facebook Debuts App Center for Android, iOS, and Web
Facebook has unveiled a new service called the App Center. The App Center, which will be viewable on Android and iOS devices, as well as the web, offers developers a chance to show off their mobile applications. According to Facebook, all canvas, mobile, and web apps can be listed in the App Center, which Facebook hopes will become a central location for mobile device users to seek out and download mobile applications. Users can browse apps that are compatible with their device, and if a mobile app requires installation, they will be sent to download the app from the App Store or Google Play. Developers can create detailed informational pages about their apps. Facebook is also providing developers with tools to monitor their apps' traction with users of Facebook's App Center. The App Center will fully launch in the coming weeks.
Facebook's Events App Reaches Android Devices
Facebook has made its Events application available to Android handsets via the Google Play Store. Events By Facebook, released to iOS devices in October, lets users find and schedule things to do with family and friends.
Facebook to Display Amber Alerts
Facebook today said it has partnered with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and will begin to push Amber alerts to users' Facebook news feeds. Facebook said it was inspired to create the service after an Amber alert posted to Facebook by a user resulted in the recovery of an abducted child.
Facebook's New Marketplace Is Your Online Garage Sale
Facebook today announced Marketplace, a dedicated place for people to sell and buy goods in their local community. Marketplace is an evolution of swap-and-sell services that have sprung up within Facebook Groups over the last few years.
Facebook Debuts App Dedicated to Notifications
Facebook today announced Notify, an app meant to help deliver timely notifications about news, happenings, and goings-on directly to mobile devices. The app lets people follow what it calls "stations" across a broad range of categories, including sports, weather, trailers, news, and so on.