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According to several sources, including some former Facebook employees that were involved in the planning phase of this software, Facebook might be developing its own version of the App Store. This idea comes as a type of contingency plan in case Google Play forcefully removes Facebook from its list of available apps.
The reason why Google would actually kick out Facebook is based on several factors. Most Facebook-related applications and games run on Android even though users get them from somewhere else besides the Google Play store. This might be seen as egregious by the latter party, with high chances that it will drop support for Facebook entirely.
This has happened in the past to several applications which were promptly kicked off the Google Play app store, according to NeuroGadget. For instance, in China, Google Play is unavailable for almost all users, but Facebook can run without any problem, along with its apps.
Another reason why Facebook would develop this store, besides creating a safety net in case the aforementioned event occurs, is based on the fact that Facebook is the only tech titan company which does not have their own retail platform. Google, Apple, and Microsoft, all have their own versions of an app store, leaving Facebook fairly behind from this point of view.
The recent experiment conducted by Facebook, where the company pulled off their Facebook app support from Google Play showed how users would react if this would eventually occur. Most people simply used a web browser in order to access Facebook while the normal Google Play version was down, making the company thoroughly consider the option of creating their own version of an app store.
Besides the safety provided by a contingency plan, a Facebook Store would provide a friendly environment for app developers towards creating applications designed for Facebook use only as well. But this will all be entirely dependent on how the user demographic will approach the idea of a possible new app store, as well as adoption rates.
Although the idea that Facebook might be developing its own version of the App Store can be considered as a mere allegation, one cannot deny that the next logical step in the company’s evolution would be just that. Even if it may not even be developed as a way to overthrow its competitors, a Facebook Store application would effectively install a safety net for the company towards an eventual app support dismissal from either Apple, Google or Microsoft.