The Steam apps on iOS and Android first launched a while ago, but it was not open to everyone with a Steam account. The first iteration of the application required users to jump through some hoops to get into what Valve was referring to as a beta. That’s all changed with this update. Now, any gamer with a Steam account can dive in and use the Steam application on iOS.
For those unfamiliar with the Steam mobile application, it allows users to look at and interact with their friends list from their iOS and Android devices. Users can use Steam Chat to carry on conversations with their friends on Steam, whether they are on the computer or on their mobile device. Of course, the real benefit of this app from Steam’s perspective is that users can purchase games directly from their mobile device. This helps users get in on Steam’s timed sales, even if they cannot get near their computer.
The update also adds native support for iPhone 5, so it will look beautiful on the larger screen. It also improves the usability of chat in places where cell phone reception is not so great.
Further increasing their effort to put this app in the hands of every Steam user, Valve added support for 25 different languages. This brings down another barrier to entry for using the app. Of course, the update also comes with general stability improvements.
The Android app has not received an update since March of this year. Valve has not issued word on whether the Android app will receive a similar update in the near future.