Facebook Launches Native Android App Discovery

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Facebook just announced that it is bringing social app discovery channels to native Android apps with the latest version of the Facebook for Android app.

"This update will help drive additional growth for Android apps by making it easier for people on Facebook to discover and re-engage with their favorite apps on their phone," a spokesperson for Facebook tells WebProNews. "Social channels like Bookmarks, Requests, and News Feed have been successful in driving the discovery and distribution of apps on the web, and the momentum is continuing on mobile with 7 of the top 10 iOS apps and 5 of the top 10 grossing Android apps integrated with Facebook."

Those Android apps include:

Live Holdem Poker Pro (#1)
Zynga Poker (#3)
Slot City – Slot Machines (#5)
Slotomania (#6)
Draw Something by OMGPOP (#7).

"Facebook now enables developers to build apps for the mobile platform of their choice including mobile web or for native platforms (iOS and Android)," the spokesperson says.

"Once you have a mobile optimized version of your app ready with Facebook Single Sign On, simply go to app settings, enable Android Native Deep Linking, and fill out the required fields," says Facebook's Alex Wu on the Facebook Developer blog.

Documentation is available here. Additionally, there is a video tutorial on the above linked blog post.

Chris Crum
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