Words with friends for Android

We all were excited when we heard Words With Friends for Android was being released, but things certainly cooled down when all the bugs started popping up.  We're not pointing the finger at Zynga, it's a huge undertaking to port about a gazillion lines of code from one platform to another, and they have kept working on it, offering up several bug fixes that addressed force close issues.  These solved many a users problems, but a quick peek at the Android Market comments will tell you that more work was needed.

Zynga hopes to address a lot of that, with the release of the 4.0 update of Words With Friends, which promises "Awesome new features, lots more friends, way less bugs".  The 4.0 update for iOS brought Facebook integration, zooming features for use with tablets, and and updated games list, so we're assuming we'll see similar changes.  Of course, the best of the news is the "way less bugs" part.   It's great to see developers accept the issues, and work to get them under control.  As of this writing, the version in the Android Market is still 3.41, but Zynga has contacted us to let us know that version 4.0 is available for Android.  I suspect we'll be seeing it in the Market shortly.  For now, the download link for the latest version is after the break.

Update:  After speaking with a representative from Zynga, we'll have to ask you to ignore most of the above.  The update being discussed is for iOS and we received and reported it as an Android update in error. 

The good news is that we hear the developers are hard at work on the Android client, and we should be seeing an update in the future that does address many of the bugs in the current version.  You can still download the latest version, and while there are some annoyances, it's a great game and one all of us here love to play. 

There are 24 comments

dwd3885 says:

I just want a paid version with NO ads. Any word on that?

soccerfon711 says:

They said they wouldn't release a paid version until the free version was stable. In a way, it kind of makes sense.

True, or they could just not include ads until a stable version was available...

(I'm not grounded in reality).

soccerfon711 says:

That's what I was thinking. But this is a corporation, and they're in it for the profit. You better believe it!

Agree these ads are annoying not to mention eating up my data.

joggy says:


The ONLY problem I have with WWF is the flippin' adverts. Wtf Zynga. Offer it up already!

dwd3885 says:

I'd rather have a paid version no ads and bugs than a free version with ads and bugs.

bladerunn3r says:

I love scrabble, especially playing on phones, but this is the BUGGIEST android app I've ever used. By a long shot. No other app even comes close. I still use it--but I hate it. Only way to play with iphone friends. . until recently anyway (Wordfeud).

vpalochko says:

Market is still showing version 3.41.. Anyone else getting this?

ArrTooDeeToo says:

Same here. XOOM

Also, where's the tablet version??

ArizonaGuy says:

Read the article completely, fools.

ArrTooDeeToo says:

Well, excuuUUUuuuse me, princess!!

mikevo says:

Wordfeud...way better

mjforte says:

Agree 100%

DougB541#CB says:

Wordsmith is the best Scrabble app on android IMO. 4 Players in one game!

I'm taking it you guys didn't read one word in the article cause it clearly states that it isn't in the market yet.

ricbon says:

i dont see 4.0 but i see an update for flash 10.3

ArizonaGuy says:

You obviously didn't read the article completely.

ricbon says:

yeah sorry arizonaguy jump the gun on that one.....so where you from i'm from tucson, working down in green valley right now enjoying all the wildfire smoke

Dostovel says:

Checking in from Chandler!

wburbage says:

I swore off Words with Friends since it was force closing so much. I'm on to Wordfeud now. Now I'm back to playing against the wife who uses an ipod touch.

snppr22 says:

What is missing from this story is that the dev's sent out an email this morning offering v4.0 to Android users, me being one of them. Really poor marketing from a rather poor dev team. I'm still amazed an app built this poorly ever took off. Scrabble really sh*t the bed on this one. I'm still winding why they don't have an Adobe Air app for iOS, Android and BB.

Snppr22 are u saying you have the updated version? If so how is it running cause it has been a very poor attempt until now

JohnJSal says:

Sorry Zynga, it's way too late. I've moved on to WordFeud and it's MUCH better.

But geez, even the iOS version of WWF has a lot of bugs still???