This could be just a coincidence, but it seems that a few unofficial 3rd party Steam apps were removed from the Market, just after the official Steam app was made available. Is it Google behind this or the company behind Steam itself (Valve)?
The API that those 3rd party developers were using is still public and available to developers, so if Steam did it, then they are only blocking access to the API for those few developers. But why would they do it? It’s possible that they thought some of those apps were infringing their trademark. But let’s be honest here. In most of these cases, they usually just want to remove the competition.
This reminds me [...]
Valve Software’s Steam service is now available on the Android Market. Unfortunately, the current app version is not intended for playing games but instead, to invite users to ‘participate in the Steam community wherever you go. Chat with your Steam friends, browse community groups and user profiles, read the latest gaming news and stay up to date on unbeatable Steam sales.’ This is the description of the app found on the site.
To date, Steam has always been a computer application which served as a digital distribution service for games created by Valve, as well as third-party titles, to both independent and major publishers. With the development of the app, users get [...]