*Update* Steam App Beta has begun
Written by MeeB and translated by Der Feine Herr on 31.01.2012 Time 14:33
Update - 31.01.2012
The beta period for Anroid users hase been extended to all Steam users. Thus, the closed beta stage is finished. iOS users have not yet unlimited access though.
All former Steam-Apps have been removed from the stores. This might be the consequence of Valve putting some pressure on the store operators. The pity is that hobby developers have now almost no possibility of publishing Steam-Apps of their own.
News from 26.01.2012
Since the release of Apple's IPhone, Apps have become an essential part in the context of smartphones. A vast market has developed and nearly every OS has millions of Apps for offer. Nonetheless was it the task for hobby-developers to make Steam Apps.
Finally, Valve released it's own App for iOs and Android cell phones for beta testing.
Everybody, who wants to provide their phone with the Steam App should definitely read the further information that have been put together by Valve. (http://store.steampowered.com/mobile). Or,h you just head on to the App-Store.
Suggestion: If you want to use the App, you need to download it and install it on your mobile. With the first login you declare your agreement and you are added to the service. Thoguh, we can't say how long this will take.
VALVE ANNOUNCES MOBILE STEAM APP
Closed Beta Available Now For iOS and Android Devices
January 26, 2012 -- Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced the beta release of the Steam application for iOS and Android devices.
With the Steam app, gamers around the world may chat with Steam friends, browse community groups and user profiles, view screenshots and user-generated content for their favorite games, read the latest gaming news, stay up to date on unbeatable Steam sales, and more.
"The Steam app comes from many direct requests from our customers," said Gabe Newell, co-founder and president of Valve. "Seeing which of your friends are online and playing a game, sending quick messages, looking at screenshots for an upcoming game, or catching a sale - these are all features customers have requested. Mobile is changing way people interact, play games and consume media, and the Steam app is part of our commitment to meet customer demands and expand the service functionality of Steam to make it richer and more accessible for everyone."
Those who wish to join the beta just need to download the Steam app (free of charge) and log in to their Steam account via the mobile app to express interest in the beta. Gamers will be added to the Closed Beta as the service ramps up.
Steam is a leading platform for the delivery and management of PC and Mac games with over 40 million accounts around the world and over 1,800 titles offered.For more information, please visit http://store.steampowered.com/mobile