Updated Steam App Brings Some Material Design

Updated Steam App Brings Some Material Design

The Steam app for Android is hardly the most up-to-date of things: it’s dated in its design and clunky in its navigation, and the value it adds to consumers is ultimately affected by these two things. Whilst the desktop client makes browsing for new games rather easy, the Android app was just not there. Luckily, things get better all the time.


The newest Steam app is starting to roll out, and it brings a new paint coat as well as general improvements to the UX. The first thing you’ll notice is that it has Material Design (at least partially), and that many settings have been simplified. Images are now higher-resolution and, despite the new look, the app is more optimized for older devices. You will notice said optimization in its navigation, as changing screens is faster.


There are many other changes regarding private messaging and the way the application functions in general. Below you can find the changelog. While this might not make Steam the perfect mobile client just yet, it is definitely is a step in the right direction.



  • Changing from one screen to another is faster
  • Will not use battery when it is inactive
  • Will not log in unexpectedly
  • If possible, when resumed, the application will return to the screen it was on
  • Startup screen can be set
  • Chat history from other devices is available
  • Chat history for offline friends is available
  • Navigation menu has links to Inventory, Library, going offline for chat and logging out
  • Material design, higher res images, simplified settings, faster on older devices
  • Other fixes


You can get Steam at the Play Store, but the update is rolling out slowly (hasn’t hit us just yet!).


What do you think of the new app? Let us know!


Credit to u/xReptar for all the images in this feature — our devices weren’t so lucky yet!

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Mario Tomás Serrafero
Mario Tomás Serrafero

Mario developed his love for technology in Argentina, where a flagship smartphone costs a few months of salary. Forced to maximize whatever device he could get, he came to know and love XDA. Quantifying smartphone metrics and creating benchmarks are his favorite hobbies. Mario holds a Bachelor's in Mathematics and currently spends most of his time classifying cat and dog pictures as a Data Science graduate student.