Friday, April 6, 2012

  The large Free Encyclopedia, Wikipedia has rolled out an update for their Android and iOS Apps. The main feature in this update is that, Wikipedia has selected Google Maps in favor of OpenStreetMaps for its popular “nearby view” feature. Wikipedia has included their words with it :

   Previous versions of our application used Google Maps for the nearby view. This has now been replaced with OpenStreetMaps – an open and free source of Map Data that has been referred to as ‘Wikipedia for Maps.’ This closely aligns with our goal of making knowledge available in a free and open manner to everyone. This also means we no longer have to use proprietary Google APIs in our code, which helps it run on the millions of cheap Android handsets that are purely open source and do not have the proprietary Google applications.

  When it is a bad news for Google, it’s great news for companies who want to put its own spin on the geographical data that it shows within its apps. So many and specific features have been included in each update for Android and iOS.

Android App Update

  • Quick Search Bar integration
  • Open Wikipedia URLs from any application using the Wikipedia app
  • Full Text Search and ‘Did you Mean?’ correction support
  • A much better tablet interface
  • App can be moved to SD Card
  • And plenty of bug fixes! 
You Can Download 'Wikipedia For Android' From Here


iOS App Update

  • Search suggestions- Full text search
  • “Did you mean?” results
  • Saving pages for offline viewing
  • Share pages via Twitter, Facebook
  • Save pages to Read It Later
  • Read current page in other languages
  • Map integration to view nearby articles
  • View location of current article + nearby articles in a map
  • Set the default language
  • Navigation history features
 Download 'Wikipedia For iOS' From Here