January 2, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
Valve has sold and distributed plenty of titles through its Steam store, allowing gamers to have a central place to grab online games, access them from any compatible computer, connect with others, and get deals in the process. Steam hasn’t made all those features available to mobile users, but there’s an unofficial app that at least lets users monitor some activity from their Android device.
Steam for Android by IBF Programs puts “The whole Steam Community…at your fingertips.” The app offers the sales and social aspects of Steam by linking to a public profile. Then it shows summaries of profiles and points out when friends are online or in-game (as well as when they were last online). Steam also shows the number of group members currently active; specials for online games, including links to the Steam Store to make purchases; and a Favorites tab.
This is not the first Android app to support Steam, but Steam for Android looks better than other apps. Steam’s UI design is based off Ice Cream Sandwich, but compatibility is promised for any Android phone running Android 1.6 or higher. Within specials, there are filtering options for price or score that can be accessed by tapping on the Specials tab. The app is available for free and supports the following languages: