Android app now offers new ways to browse Wikipedia and find trending, recommended articles

horizontal-blogpost-color (1)Search the app (now including voice-enabled search) for the content you need now, or scroll down to see in the news articles, featured articles and pictures of the day, and more. Underlying photo via Dribbble, modified by the Wikimedia Foundation.

Wikipedia has been there for the past fifteen years when you needed to search a quick fact, research a topic, or settle a bet. But what about when you’re looking for something interesting to read on the metro, or have a few minutes to browse while you’re on break?
The Wikipedia app for Android has been redesigned to not only help you find the information you need now, but also to provide interesting, recommended Wikipedia content to dive into when you have a bit of spare time.

device-2016-07-25-125559View the top five most-read articles of the day on your preferred language Wikipedia. Screenshot, CC BY-SA 3.0.

The Wikimedia Mobile Apps team has redesigned the home screen of the app to show you an ‘explore feed’1 of recommended images, interesting articles, in the news content, articles based on what you’ve read, and more from Wikipedia. Each item in the feed presents content for you to preview, skim, and tap to learn more.
Here are some of the features included in the feed:

  • In the news: Current international news stories, with links to the Wikipedia articles relevant to each story.2
  • Trending articles: The top five most read articles of the day.
  • Featured picture: A bold image selected every day by the Wikipedia editor community.
  • Featured article: A featured article on Wikipedia picked daily by editors.2
  • Because you read: Recommended articles based on what you’ve read lately on Wikipedia.
  • Continue reading: An option to continue reading articles that you started, but haven’t finished reading yet.
  • Today on Wikipedia: This card takes you to the Main Page of the Wikipedia of your preferred language.
  • Randomizer: A random Wikipedia article.
  • A more prominent Search bar at the top of the feed, with integrated voice search.

device-2016-07-25-130021Scroll through recommended articles based on what you’ve read recently on Wikipedia. Screenshot, CC BY-SA 3.0.

As you scroll further down in the feed, you will see featured content from previous days—yesterday’s trending articles, yesterday’s featured picture, and more. Don’t want to see a certain card? Simply swipe it away to hide it.
For each feature shown in the feed, you also have the option to share the article using your favorite social media apps, or to save the article on a personal reading list, available even when you’re offline.
We’re also excited to tell you about how the explore feed retrieves the content that it shows you. In addition to building the actual feed in the app, we have also built the back-end service that brings together and provides this content.
We have made this service available to anyone, anywhere to reuse, remix, and build from, and not just on our Android app: we’ve structured the data provided by the service in a simple format that can be used by other apps and web applications. This means that with a single web request, you can now receive all the great content shown in our feed and use it in your own apps!  If you’re interested in learning more, please check out the documentation for our service.
You can find the app on the Google Play store now, and, as always, we welcome your feedback!
Dmitry Brant, Senior Software Engineer, Mobile Apps
Wikimedia Foundation

Footnotes

  1. This builds on an update to our Wikipedia iOS app earlier this year.
  2. “In the news” and “Today’s featured article” are currently limited to only English Wikipedia; they will be made available for other languages soon.

 

Archive notice: This is an archived post from blog.wikimedia.org, which operated under different editorial and content guidelines than Diff.

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I have to agree with Elliott. Kiwix is a significantly more useful project, IMHO. I have many of the higher-rated wikipedia articles on a 32GB sd card, with offline access – most useful.
I think the assumption that we all have internet all the time is a bit unfortunate – in particular people in developing countries. Its unfortunate that your screenshot shows mostly American politicians as “trending”. This shows that the application is clearly geared towards a subset of american audiences, with near-ubiquitous internet.

Any ETA when the update will be pushed to F-Droid?

Even in New York City I am often on a train without Web access. Alas, like the majority of smartphones, mine has no card for SD slot. Those who are out of touch most the day but can afford mightier phones ought to get them.

I have just updated the wikipedia app on my android smartphone. I must the the new update has improved the user experience and speed of the app. Given 5 starts to it on Google Play store.

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The new design really looks great, I haven’t used the wikimedia app for a while .But with the new design it more accessible and user friendly than it is previous version.Thank you wikipidea for your resources,

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I love the new design. Thank you!

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