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Preliminary Facebook App Center pics leaked

Facebook is gearing up to launch its own mobile application platform, and now you can get a sneak peek of what the new service will look like.

The folks at TechCrunch got their hands on some screen shots of the new service in action from one lucky iPhone user who is already seeing it live.

In a statement, a Facebook spokesperson said the company is testing out its new App Center with some users.

"Since we announced the App Center to developers last month, we've been testing it with a small percentage of users," the spokesperson said. "We have no further details to share at this time."

Based on the screen shots, it appears the App Center will let users browse through a selection of featured apps, as well as Social Picks, that are popular among a users' friends, and Top Apps, that are highest rated and most popular among all Facebook users.

Clicking on an app will bring up a page that shows a list of friends who use it, what it does and screen shots.

Facebook announced the App Center in early May, and provided information about how developers can submit their apps for review to be listed.

"In the coming weeks, people will be able to access the App Center on the Web and in the iOS and Android Facebook apps," Facebook's Aaron Brady wrote in a post on the Facebook developer blog last month.

The social networking giant could unveil the new offering as early as 7 June, at an app-themed press event in San Francisco, according to TechCrunch.

Meanwhile, Facebook on 6 June rolled out a simple new two-step payment process for carrier billing on in-app purchases. This means users will be able to pay for virtual goods in a mobile app with just two clicks, and have the charges tacked on to their monthly wireless bill. The new billing process is available now on most carriers in the US and UK, and will be rolled out to additional operators worldwide, Facebook said.