Menlo Park, Calif. – Facebook announced the launch of App Center, an area for discovering all types of apps, both mobile and online, using personalized recommendations and social technologies.

The move will give Facebook a similar offering to Google, Apple and Amazon.

“The App Center gives you personalized recommendations, and lets you browse the apps your friends use,” the company wrote. “It only lists high-quality apps, based on feedback from people who use the app.”

The App Center is starting with 600 apps, and was made available in the United States on Friday. It will launch around the world over the next two weeks.

Some of the apps featured on the App Center include Draw Something, Pinterest and Nike+ GPS. The App Center is available in the Facebook iOS and Android apps, as well as

This article was also published in Bay Area Tech Wire.

Related links:

Facebook – press release

Facebook – App Center for developers

TGDaily – Facebook App Center goes live

Los Angeles Times – Facebook App Center officially opens for business

TechCrunch – Facebook’s New App Center Is Here: The Details

Engadget – Facebook App Center launches tonight on Android and iOS with access to over 600 apps