Ever since the advent of mobile devices, the number of apps has been growing day and night. Top tech companies in the industry have their own stores, among them Google, Apple and Microsoft, but there is still one major tech company missing a similar kind of store – Facebook.
Top tech companies in the industry have their own stores, among them Google, Apple and Microsoft, but there is still one major tech company missing a similar kind of store – Facebook.
Facebook is the leading social networking company in the world, boasting a user base of more than 1.55 billion people. The company has a series of its own apps that include the main Facebook app, Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram as well as a series of newly launched apps such as Moments and many others, however, these apps are available for download via the three major app stores.
Facebook App Store to help deal with unfair competition
The Google Play Store is fond of kicking apps out whenever they feel like these apps are some kind of violations to its principles. This is the same case that happens with the iTunes App Store, however, it is sent to end thanks to the new Facebook App Store.
Apparently, the main reason why this is happening is because Facebook wants to take care of these cases where its apps might get kicked out of the Play Store, Windows Store, App Store or any other competing platform.
There is no doubt that a Facebook App Store has been coming for quite some time, especially given the type of fierce competition that exists between Facebook, Google, Apple and Microsoft. This move, however, doesn’t mean that Facebook apps won’t be available in these stores; it is just a precaution the company is taking just in case anything out of order happens.
Facebook was recently accused of deliberately bringing down the Facebook app in a bid to test the reactions of users upon realizing that there is no downloadable version from the Play Store. Some users resolved to use their mobile web browsers to access the service while others kept on trying to download it from the Play Store but in vain.
The company has further developed a means for its apps to get updates without the need of visiting the Play Store for the same.
What if Google kicks Facebook apps out of the Play Store?
In the event that Google decides to get rid of Facebook apps from its Play Store, it would not mean anything much to the social networking giant. After all, there are some regions with no access to the Play Store, for instance China, but people still use Facebook.
On the other hand, there are quite a number of handy options for Facebook just in case this happens. The company now owns Oculus VR, which also has its own App Store already preinstalled on some Samsung devices. It is possible that this store could easily be extended to include more apps such as Instagram, Facebook app as well as WhatsApp.
Another possible option is for the company to work with OEMs in ensuring that devices come preinstalled with all of its offerings, something that is partly happening with some manufacturers.