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Wikipedia releases updated iOS app with better design and sharing features

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Wikipedia has been working hard to offer users, the same desktop encyclopaedic experience on their smartphones as well. And to further those efforts, the open-source online encyclopaedia has today released an update version of its iOS app, which features some major design changes and introduction of “fact cards”.

The newest app, currently rolling out on for iOS, features an improved and enhanced visual appeal, making it more interesting for users to browse through its content. The new app also features an improved search experience, making content searching through spotlight search, a breeze. The search results now also have quick descriptions below them when available.

However, the most important of all, is the launch of a new shareable “fact cards” feature. You can now simply tap the Share button, or highlight an interesting fact from an article and tap “Share” to create an image which can be shared to social networks and other platforms. This image is being called “fact card”.

These new features will build on to the previously released contextual image feature. In January this year, Wikipedia rolled out this new feature, called “lead images”, which has been added to provide never before Wikipedia mobile experience with a prominent, contextually-relevant image and description at the top of articles.

 

Here’s the complete Change Log :

  • Enhanced sharing! Tap the Share button, or highlight an interesting fact from an article and tap “Share” to create an image which can be shared to social networks and other platforms
  • Search improvements: search now supports fulltext lookup and results now also have quick descriptions below them when available
  • Lead images: experience Wikipedia like never before with a prominent, contextually-relevant image and description at the top of articles
  • Image gallery: tap on images to view them full-screen. Swipe left or right to browse other images within the article
  • Read more: suggestions for further reading at the bottom of articles

 

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