A new update hit the App Store yesterday, bringing numerous upgrades to the Wikipedia mobile app. The updates include a whole new, sleek interface, several features that help you discover more content that is to your liking, the option to save content for offline reading, featured articles and many more.
This comes as a new and well-received announcement, after last week Wikipedia also made official the fact that the company is developing an open, crowdsourced speech engine alone with researchers from Swedens KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
The 5.0 update for Wikipedia Mobile features a completely new design that makes it even easier than before to get lost through chains of articles, without losing track of the ones who have already read and the ones who are most related to what your focused topic is. Similarly, it also supports the shareable ‘fact cards’ that were recently released for the desktop version, in an attempt to make Wikipedia a little more social.
While the Android version is yet to receive its own Wikipedia app update, the iOS one has also been optimized to work with iOS 9 versions, as well as made to work with 3D touch and Spotlight Search. However, the latter only works for saved articles – which you can easily do as part of the ‘read offline’ feature. This means that iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus users can benefit from improved functionality by using various touch navigation to browse for articles
With these changes, it is apparent that Wikipedia is attempting to make itself a more useful and easily accessible tool for everyday fact checking. Even so, it does not appear that Wikipedia is putting that much effort in supporting the social aspect too much, as their efforts in such a direction ended with the fact cards.
The latest update also added content that is tailored depending on your current location. If for example, you’re visiting a different country and you’re nearby a famous landmark, pulling out the Wikipedia app will most likely list you various articles regarding the place you’re in in the recommended tab.
And because nobody wants to you to limit yourself to just one topic, the new Wikipedia app also takes the initiative of showing you an article from a random topic every time you open the app. That way you can maybe spot something of interest from an area you have not read about before.
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