Steam app beta now available for iOS and Android

Steam is still by far the biggest single source to purchase and download PC and Mac games. Today Valve has expanded its reach for Steam via a newly released mobile app for iOS and Android users. The app itself can be downloaded for free via Apple's App Store or Google's Android Marketplace but users will still have to sign up to participate in a closed beta test for the app before they can use it.

Valve founder Gabe Newell said the Steam mobile app comes from frequent requests from Steam users. He states in a press release:

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.

The app will allow Steam users to see if their friends are online and what game they might be playing at the time. They can also chat with their Steam friends via a chat client. The mobile app also allows people to check out the list of games currently available on Steam, check out screenshots from those games, read up on news and updates and be alerted if any Steam games get special price cuts.

Valve says that more users will be added to the Steam mobile app closed beta test as the service ramps up so if you are not picked to join the beta immediately you will likely get your turn in the near future.

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Of course the iphone is in front with the latest model but the Android Phone is a Nexus One which is comparatively ancient. Shows you how heavily Apple biased Valve are .. and it looks like the Android app is just some crappy port from the iphone one. *SIGH*

SuperKid said,
Would be cool if they served like mobile games like Angry Birds and stuff from it

It would be cool to use a market to download a market to download a game which you could have downloaded on the original market?

Ok dawg.

NyaR said,

It would be cool to use a market to download a market to download a game which you could have downloaded on the original market?

Ok dawg.

I think people like the idea of a cross-platform ecosystem. Already on Steam there are games you can buy and install on either Mac OS or Windows. If a game exists on Android as well as some other platform and buying it one time on Steam let you own it across all of those, it could be worth it.

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

App definitely sounds interesting, hope they don't hold back with the beta invites.
Edit: Installing and attempting to log in apparently requests an invite.

At least it isn't vaporware anymore. Can't say the same about HL3 >.>