Words With Friends update now available — $2.99 makes it ad-free

Yes! Words with Friends can now be enjoyed on Android without those extremely intrusive and irritating ads that popup every single time a user does basically anything in the awesome scrabble game. I can hear just about every member of my family rejoicing right about now with this news. I've been waiting for an ad-free version of WWF for far too long so I'm glad to see this finally available.

Sony offering free Movies and 90 days of Music Unlimited for new Xperia owners

If you've recently picked up a new Sony Ericsson Xperia smartphone lately or were lucky enough to receive one for Christmas then we have some good new for you. Sony has kindly started offering a new little package for Xperia owners that will allow users 5 free blockbuster movie downloads and access to their Music Unlimited service for free for 90 days. It's nothing huge like the 50GB of Box.net service but free stuff is always good right?

NOOK Color gets an Ice Cream Sandwich CM9 ROM

As to be expected we are seeing loads and loads of CM9 or Ice Cream Sandwich ROM's for all types of Android devices. The popular NOOK Color that was highly hackable and enjoyed Honeycomb before many others is taking the same route with Ice Cream Sandwich. Thanks to a few hard working developers over at XDA the NOOK Color is starting to see new life and 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is coming along quite nicely.

HTC myTouch 4G Slide Free as Best Buy deal of the day

For those looking for an awesome smartphone from T-Mobile today Best Buy has you completely covered. If you are a fan of smartphones with a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard then you'll want to keep reading. The HTC myTouch 4G Slide is one of the best available for the hardware keyboard crowd and today it can be yours completely free.

Apple applies for “Face and Presence Detection” patent — Android laughs

I'm not really sure where to start on this one other than oh wait -- Android already has the feature. It's called "Face Unlock" and is available on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus within Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Just like our friendly source over at Phandroid I don't really want to simply sit here and bash Apple but I can't help but do so a little bit with this latest "innovation" and patent they've applied for.

PSA: Gameloft’s holiday sale starts today, all games only 99 cents

I'm sure many have a brand new Android smartphone or tablet after the holiday exchanging of gifts so there isn't really a better time to have a sale. For those that might have missed the news, or are new to Android (gasps) today is your lucky day as one of the best game developers for Android is having a massive sale. Gameloft should be a household name for any gamer and today every single amazing Gameloft offering is just $0.99 ¢ -- break out those AMEX gift cards and snatch a few up.

CyanogenMod 9 continues custom apps with expanded music player

The CyanogenMod family of custom ROMs has always been popular for its speed, stability, and not least its tweaked additions to the core Android experience. You can get a taste of CyanogenMod 9, the Ice Cream Sandwich release, with the customized Trebuchet launcher app. But that's certainly not the only thing Steve Kondik and his army of coders is cooking up. The new ROM will have a brand-new Music player app, with a considerable amount of extra functionality.  

The 10 highest-rated Android apps of 2011

As the end of the year draws nigh, just about everyone is putting together their wrap-up stories that are, let's be honest, pretty predictable if you've been following tech news for 2011. But at least one story caught our eye this morning: Mobilewalla's app scores. Mobilewalla is one of many app aggregation services, though unlike a lot of Android specific sites, it doesn't distribute its own apps. Instead it keeps a close eye on the various app platforms and offers up an updated database of apps that anyone can use. This year, the top ten list is dominated by games.

Verizon’s 3rd 4G outage this month ends, activation servers may be down now

Verizon Wireless customers have a lot to be angry at for the moment. The carrier posted on Twitter that the latest of its 4G outages is over, with the added message that 3G data and normal call functions weren't affected. The half-day interruption in service was the third in December ,and the problem is becoming an increasingly black eye on Verizon's reputation as "America's most reliable network". Add to that a new foible for Verizon: an increasingly irate comment thread at the carrier's support forum says that new phones aren't activating via Verizon's servers, something that's been echoed in our own comments section.

The amalgamated Android user: you guys really like blue jeans

Generalizations are bad, especially when applied to people. (Generally speaking, of course.) But every once in a while they can be a lot of fun, too. To that end BlueStacks, the makers of the popular proprietary Windows software that runs Android apps, have  put together the amalgamated Android man. It's a statistical view of the Android userbase, or at least the male portion, in a fancy infographic posted to their main site. The source of their information isn't revealed, but the presentation is interesting enough in its own right.
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