Wikipedia by Wikimedia Foundation
10,000,000 - 50,000,000 downloads
- All well-known Wikipedia pros
- Sharing options
- Option to save and read offline later
- All well-known Wikipedia cons
The official Wikipedia app for Android
So here it is, the Official Wikipedia app for Android. Don't expect anything beyond what it should be, it's just a faster and a somehow more comfortable way to browse through Wikipedia.
Although at the start you'll land on the "today's featured article" and the current events (aka news) the virtues of this app are found out just by tapping on 'menu'. There not only you can change the language the current article is written (and you know how important it may become in some cases) but also look for near articles according to where you are right now and choose to store an article in order to read it later offline. Sharing options are as fast as useful and include the most popular social networks and Evernote and Whatsapp options if you have these apps already installed.
In fact, it's a rather simple app. However, a rather simple app linking to who knows how many articles in the most comprehensive encyclopedic compilation of knowledge that humans have ever gathered, well, it's quite worth.
You don't need the Wikipedia app to look something up in there, but you'll appreciate it no matter what your needs are. Five out of five pending a widget update.
- Lead images: experience Wikipedia like never before with a prominent, contextually-relevant image and description at the top of articles
- Image gallery: tapping on an image shows you the image full-screen in high resolution, with options to swipe left/right for browsing additional images
- Descriptions from Wikidata: when searching, each search result now contains a quick description that helps to contextualize the result. These descriptions are also shown in other areas of the app, like Nearby
- Article suggestions: scroll to the bottom of an article to see suggestions about what you could read next
- Saved pages: save select pages for offline reading and browse them even when you don't have a data connection
- Nearby: learn more about what's around you by getting links to articles about things that are near your current location
- Language support: seamlessly switch to reading Wikipedia written in any language
- Table of contents: swipe left on any article to bring up the table of contents, which lets you jump to article sections easily
- Wikipedia Zero: data charges waived for participating mobile operators
Send us your feedback about the app! In the menu, press "More", then "About the Wikipedia app", then "Send app feedback".
The code is 100% open source. If you have experience with Java and the Android SDK, then we look forward to your contributions! https://github.com/wikimedia/apps-android-wikipedia
* Handle image map links in-app
* Make sure Share A Fact button works on all devices
* Fix sharing of images to Facebook app
* Increase "tap to expand" click area
* Remove "read next" prototype
* Fix text directionality consistency in Nearby
* Show "Read in other languages" only if article exists in other languages
* Fix language picker word wrap
* Add upside-down mode for newer devices
* Hide caption on "tap to expand" table when open
C'mon! Three days since it was released and is there only a comment?
If the 7 wonders were chosen right now, Wikipedia would be the first!
Expect more features and good look
Why can't I open it?
This app runs well. I like to surf around Wikipedia and learn things at random. One piece of knowledge leads to another one. ----- The developers are attentive. A recent update omitted the search option but a new update fixed the problem the very next day. Humans will make mistakes and when they are corrected this quickly you can tell that the developers care. Thanks.
This release, on Lollipop, is my favorite go-to reference! Thanks for the great work!