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Valve announces Steam smartphone app

Chat with friends, view screenshots, keep tabs on sales.

A Steam smartphone app has just entered closed beta, Valve has announced.

Available for both iOS and Android, it lets you chat with friends, view screenshots, browse community groups, read the Steam news feed and keep on top of Steam sales.

If you want in on the beta, just download the app now and log in to your account. Valve will be adding more gamers to the trial as the service ramps up.

"The Steam app comes from many direct requests from our customers," commented Valve boss Gabe Newell.

"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."

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