Though Wikipedia’s desktop site is the first-hand source of information for many of us when it comes to encyclopaedic topics, its mobile app on the other hand hasn’t tasted even half of the success enjoyed by its web version. To change that, Wikimedia foundation has today rolled out a revamped Wikipedia mobile app.
The redesigned app will fist come to Android, with an iOS release scheduled later.
The most important improvement to the app, is obviously the visual appeal. A new feature called lead images has been added to provide never before Wikipedia mobile experience with a prominent, contextually-relevant image and description at the top of articles.
Wikipedia also gets a fresh image gallery feature. You can simply tap on images to view them full-screen. Swipe left or right to browse other images within the article.
Introduction of search history is another major update to the app. Search results now have quick descriptions below them. There is also a history of your searches when the search box is empty.
However, these features were already present on a separate beta app called the Wikipedia ‘beta’ app. This beta app allowed users to give feedback to those above mentioned features and a few other ones too. For example, the beta app had an option called Wikipedia Zero, where in service providers would not charge for browsing Wikipedia app.
Well, the launch is official now, and you can download the app from Google Play Store by clicking here.