Jan 26 AT 2:43 PM Anthony Domanico 20 Comments

Steam for Android allows you to chat with friends, throw money at your screen


As a PC gamer, this one hits a little closer to home. Steam is a powerful and huge PC gaming community and store which allows you to purchase games and play them with a variety of friends who use Steam’s platform. In fact, several games released today require that you use Steam in order to play them. I’ve spent countless hours (and countless dollars) on Steam, and keep my Paypal account funded in case I want to buy the latest and greatest game out there.

Steam has announced today that they’re even more eager to take my money, and have released an Android application that provides users the ability to chat with online friends, browse community groups/user profiles, read the latest gaming news, and shop the infinite abyss that is the Steam Store (including the almost-daily sales they offer).

We’ve been waiting for Steam to drop on Android for a while now, as the solutions that 3rd party developers have been dropping in the market thus far have been very limited in nature. Steam has unleashed a fully-featured option that provides everything the PC gamer needs while on the go.

Needless to say, if you utilize Steam in any way, shape, or form, you should drop everything and head over to the market right now to give it a download. However, you should probably be prepared to tell your Android phone to shut up and take your money frequently.

Update: It appears the Steam Application is in beta for now, and after you log in you’ll be treated to a notification telling you your address has been recorded for participation, and you’ll be allowed access shortly.


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  • Kokumuo

    I got all excited and downloaded it right away. Too bad I was greeted with the message…

    “Thank you for your interest in the Steam mobile beta. We have made a note of your account and will be sending out more invites shortly.”


    • http://about.me/patrick.connelly pcon

      I got the same thing.

      At first i was like :D
      and then i was like :(

      • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

        At first I was like “woohoo, it was about time Valve went mobile”, then I was like “:|”, but now I am like “:D”. Like all things coming from Valve, it starts as a beta. This was the same with the new client. When it will reach it’s maturity, it will be available to all users. It’s a lot better than the webpage thing, I had to ask a friend to lend me his tablet when i wanted to buy something on the 1st of January this year, so I wouldn’t miss the last day…

  • ranwanimator

    Call me when they start selling android games through the android client and I’ll get excited.

  • Shawn Flanagan

    I got the beta message as well after attempting to sign in. Hope they release more invites soon. This will be a great alternative to the “Steam Friends” app I’ve been using.

  • xsynth

    About time. Now they just need to let us run our games through it on android!

    • xsynth

      lol, down voted for wanting more functionality? Good work guys.

  • Ramsey0524

    VALVE should make another Left 4 Dead game.

    • Dikembe

      Maybe a “left 4 droid” game where green androids run around eating particular fruit… except you play as the horde?

  • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

    I’m sure that since they just released it, you’ll be getting into the “beta” as soon as possible. The other option is trying to join the beta through steam on your PC, but I’m not at home so I can’t try this out.

  • Hall Lo

    I was like “Awwww Yeah!!!” until I saw the comments as I m downloading the app…. ;(
    Plz Steam moarr invitations!

  • http://genesischess.com/ MJM128

    At least we know they’re actively working on an app for us android users!

  • Slith

    I couldn’t finish the article before downloading it. Great catch on the beta!

  • delinear

    Don’t even see it to download. Anyone know if it’s US only or is it just not available on ICS yet?

    Been waiting for this for ages – especially if they let you see the offers without having to go login to a PC.

    • xsynth

      I didn’t see it when I searched on the market via phone (Nexus S on ICS – not US) but using the link above worked fine for me.

      • LukeT32

        Used the link above for my Nexus.

  • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

    Could you imagine the possibility of integrating Steam with something like OnLive?

  • spazby

    Good concept

  • alterSchw3de

    This is what i really hoped as an android user. Steam is the best gaming platform i’ve ever seen. not because of the games pricing all over the year, but because of the special advertisement for indy games and there focus on providing the most seamless gaming experience ESPECIALLY on the pc!

  • GRAW

    I wish the UI looked better. I think Steam for Android has a better UI than this, but, Steam for Android doesn’t heve chat. So, I’m hoping that Steam for Android can get a hold of that feature and port it.

    Still, good to see Valve giving some love to Android.