Wikipedia is the beloved source of information for the whole world. It is such an integral part of the internet that everyone from the average third grade student to Google uses its database of knowledge. But how many of you have a Wikipedia account? How many of you have used their app and realised the beauty of Wikipedia?
I was introduced to the Wikipedia app by a friend. From the moment I downloaded it, it has remained on my regularly used apps home-screen on my iPhone. While Wikipedia isn’t the sort of place you would visit without a purpose, this app makes the best use of the time you spend on the app — by throwing enough relevant content to keep you busy for a while.
To me, the greatest feature of the app is ’Nearby articles’. Often enough I’ve struggled with the lack of knowledge of the places around me, especially while travelling to other cities. In my recent journeys, I’ve discovered a lot about the place I’m standing by simply 3D Touch’ing the Wikipedia app icon and choosing the ‘Nearby articles’ option. What opens up is a list of articles based on your current location, and even by skimming though them you can obtain a lot of knowledge of the locality. Now, you can also save any article for offline viewing by adding it to the Saved Articles list.
But even if you open the app aimlessly, you’ll probably end up reading something. The Explore tab opens up a plethora of articles, including today’s featured article, trending articles and picture of the day. To add to the experience, the reading layout on the app is significantly better than the mobile webpage. You can easily set font sizes or translate the article to another language. There is always a ‘contents’ button that lists the various sections of the article so that you can jump to the portion you want to read.
Wikipedia also included a ‘history’ tab on the app, which surprisingly is very useful. I’ve had times when I want to check back on the topics I’ve read, perhaps to share it with someone else. Although you can log in with your Wikipedia account, there isn’t much syncing going on. This may be disappointing, but I am guessing that this feature is on it’s way in future versions of the app.
Why should I get the app if I can access Wikipedia on the browser? The same reason why you use the Facebook app even though you can use all the same features on the browser. The app is convenient, and unobtrusively inspiring. It is my go-to place when I’m really bored (really bored with social media, particularly), and it really makes me read. Just get the app, you’ll probably love it too.
Get the free app: iOS, Android, Android (beta)
P.S. The apps on iOS and Android are aesthetically different, although they feature the same content. The iOS version is far more refined, and is as described in the article. Hopefully we will see a similar update to the Android version of the app.
Hit the “Random article” button and start building your knowledge!