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It is possible to access Wikipedia on wireless devices such as mobile phones and PDAs through several methods.

Official mobile access[edit]

Mobile version of the site[edit]

Official Mobile English Wikipedia. Users of supported mobile devices are automatically redirected to the official mobile version of Wikipedia.

This mobile version is available for all languages of Wikipedia. It is actively developed, supported and translated. It supports editing and image uploading; visit any article and you'll see a pencil icon on every section. Log in or create an account to use the mobile editor (anonymous editing is disallowed for now). You can also check your watchlist on mobile, add/remove articles from it, and more. If you don't want to use the mobile version, you can find options at the bottom of every page to switch to the desktop version.

Browsing options for older phones[edit]

WAP-only browsers

See #Google_Web_Transcoder

Legacy mobile browsers

Legacy mobile browsers that were fairly advanced during their time, such as NetFront (2.3), should be able to browse the Wikipedia Mobile version without too much effort. Depending on a phone's capabilities, it is advisable to turn images and JavaScript off.

Opera Mini

Many older phones do have poor browsers. If your phone is Java ME-capable, you might consider installing Opera Mini, a Java ME-based Internet browser for mobile phones. Some phones have Opera Mini built-in, and may only require setting the browser up for use. Opera Mini works by sending a request to Opera's servers, which return a compressed and stripped-down page to the phone. Depending on version, Opera Mini is often more functional and up-to-date than the native browser supplied with the phone. Opera Mini has a built-in Wikipedia search facility.

  • Opera Mini website — Various versions are on offer to match the capabilities of a particular phone.

Official Application[edit]

Main article: Wikipedia App

Technical resources: mailing list and bug lists linked above, Support and Development at GitHub, iPhone app page at Wikitech.

iOS[edit]

The official Wikipedia iPhone application
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"WP:IPHONE" redirects here. For the WikiProject taskforce, see Wikipedia:WikiProject Apple Inc./iOS task force.

The official iOS application from the Wikimedia Foundation is called "Wikipedia Mobile". It is free and provides a read-only version of Wikipedia, similar to the mobile web version of Wikipedia. It also allows you to find geotagged articles near your current location.

Android[edit]

Shortcut:

The official Android application from the Wikimedia Foundation is called "Wikipedia". It is free and provides a read-only version of Wikipedia, similar to the mobile web version of Wikipedia. It also allows you to find geotagged articles near your current location.

BlackBerry[edit]

The official BlackBerry application from the Wikimedia Foundation can be downloaded from BlackBerry World.

Windows[edit]

The official Windows 8 application from the Wikimedia Foundation can be downloaded from Windows Store.

Regular site[edit]

If a browser is installed for general use, it can be used to access the general Wikipedia site, also for editing, depending on limitations of the browser. One may want to adapt the user style and preferences to optimize them for the mobile device. For example, navigation popups may or may not be convenient on the mobile device.

Mobile website versions[edit]

The official mobile version of Wikipedia is located at http://m.wikipedia.org.

Over the years, many users and developers had created their own websites for reading Wikipedia on a variety of mobile devices; most of them are now defunct (as of November 2013), with Wapedia having remained until 4 November 2013 as one of the last non-Wikipedia holdouts to serve WAP-formatted textual Wikipedia content for mobile devices.

Google Web Transcoder[edit]

Since Wapedia's closure, several mobile phones with browsers that only accept WAP — and not even basic HTML, and with no way to install any other browsers — have become disadvantaged. These include the earliest Internet-enabled mobile phones with first WAP browsers, such as Ericsson R320 (2000), and later on, unextendable low-end featurephones with WAP-only browsers.

http://google.com/gwt/nGoogle Web Transcoder (GWT) displays a form to enter the URL for the Wikipedia Mobile (or any other) site, and returns pages tailored for the specific browser of a particular phone model. The form also includes a checkbox, which, when checked, disables loading of images. Browsing can be continued throughout the Transcoder interface.

Google Web Transcoder might not work for all WAP-only browsers, as it tends to feed larger pages than some WAP browsers are able to accept due to limitations in software configuration and phone hardware; one such example is Samsung SGH-C170 (2007).

Pediaphon[edit]

A computer-generated audio (speech synthesis) version of all Wikipedia articles is provided by the Pediaphon service. It is usable on- and off-line with common MP3 players, PDAs, cell phones (WAP) and with every phone via voice call. Pediaphon can be used as a location-based service.

Defunct services as of 2013[edit]

HAWHAW[edit]

A free real-time mobile-adapted Wikipedia browser provided by HAWHAW at http://mobile.wikipedia.org minimizes images and presents article text in pieces of approximately 7 kB to facilitate transfer. Standard browsers often transfer hundreds of kB when opening an article. HAWHAW is suitable for slow or expensive Internet access, as well as devices with a small screen, but may well be used in all conditions to get a quick introduction to various concepts, which is usually provided in the first 7 kB, making downloading of further pieces mostly unnecessary.

HAWHAW stands for HTML and WML hybrid adapted Webserver.

It does not give spelling suggestions for slightly misspelled terms, and does not support tables.

Wapedia[edit]

Main article: Wapedia

One of the most prominent Wikipedia portals for mobile devices was Wapedia. Started in August 2004 and shut down on 4 November 2013, Wapedia offered a recent version of every article. Next to Wikipedia, it provided access to the sister projects Wiktionary, Wikiquote and many other popular wikis. Wapedia pages contained advertisements inserted by the site's owners.[1] It supported a wide range of devices and even some of the oldest mobile devices could be used to access Wikipedia through this website.

Sevenval[edit]

Sevenval AG offers a free real-time transformation of the current Wikipedia. The link to the service is http://wikipedia.7val.com. It offers a full-blown version of Wikipedia for all kinds of mobile devices. This enables mobile users to edit articles and administer their personal accounts. Wikipedia's sister projects – Wiktionary, etc. – can be accessed via this service as well. 50 languages of Wikipedia are supported. [2]

The following features are currently available.

  • Device recognition of mobiles, smartphones, PDAs, etc., which enables the individualized adaptation of the presentation transmitted to different types of devices.
  • Complete administration of articles including editing, history, discussions, etc.
  • Complete administration of user accounts and automatic login if cookies are allowed.
  • Automatic language recognition at Wikipedia.7val.com.
  • Direct access to 50 language by using a URL prefix, for example http://en.wikipedia.7val.com for English and http://fi.wikipedia.7val.com for Finnish. A list of languages can found here.
  • Wikipedia by Sevenval

Miniwiki[edit]

Miniwiki is a simple mobile site for Pocket PC and Palm device. It synchronizes its content with Wikipedia at real time.

BabelServer[edit]

Automatic conversion from HTML to WML is not really a «version» of Wikipedia, but is still worth mentioning. Some projects offer transcoding software (e.g. Coldjava's h2W servlet), while others offer the transcoding online and on the fly (e.g. BabelServer).

Applications[edit]

Official apps[edit]

These are, of course, free:

iPhone applications[edit]

Many iPhone applications exist for browsing Wikipedia. All the applications so far are read-only versions of Wikipedia. Currently, the only ways to edit Wikipedia on an iPhone are to access it via Safari or Google Chrome. The links will open the iTunes Store:

Name Price Can edit? Notes
Wikipedia Mobile Free No Official Wikipedia iPhone application
WikiGear Free Free No Different interface, specially designed for multilingual users; offline version in development
Wapedia Free No
WikiPDA $0.99 No
Wikiamo Free No
Daily Wiki Free No
WikiWiki Free No
Wiki! lite Free No
Wiki! pro $0.99 No
Simplepedia Free No
Simplepedia Plus $1.99 No
Wikipanion Free No
Wikipanion Plus $4.99 No
iWiki $1.99 No
Icy Wiki $2.99 No
Wiki Offline $1.99 No
Wiki Encyclopedia $1.99 No
Encyclopedia $2.99 No
TiniWiki encyclopedia $5.99 No
Wikipedia Offline $8.99 No Specially designed for offline access and late night viewing
All Of Wikipedia – Offline $9.99 No Specially designed for offline access
Respotter Wiki Free No Shows geotagged articles in Google Maps
WikiRadar Free No Searches for geotagged articles near your current location
WikiAround Free No Searches for geotagged articles near your current location
Wikihood Free No Searches for geotagged articles near your current location
Wikihood Plus $4.99 No Searches for geotagged articles near your current location
WikiMe $0.99 No Searches for geotagged articles near your current location
NearestWiki $1.99 No Searches for geotagged articles near your current location
WikiTrend $0.99 No Shows most accessed articles from the past few hours
Wiki Hunt $1.99 No Game where goal is to get from one random article to another in the least amount of clicks
WikiQuiz Lite Free No Game where you must read articles with the titles omitted and guess the article titles
WikiQuiz $0.99 No Game where you must read articles with the titles omitted and guess the article titles
Wikipedia Random Article of the Day $0.99 No Provides a random article
WikiFlow Free No "Random Wikipedia articles flow in and out of the screen"
Wiki Tap Freeart No Search several sites including YouTube, Wikipedia and dictionaries
WikiSnail $0.99 No "WikiBrowser" designed for MediaWiki wikis (including Wikipedia)
Minipedia – Offline Encyclopedia Free No Contains the 100.000 most read articles; multilanguage support: English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish
Articles $4.99 No

Android applications[edit]

Wiktionary[edit]

BlackBerry applications[edit]

Symbian applications[edit]

Windows Mobile applications[edit]

Multiplatform applications[edit]

Boopsie[edit]

A read only version of Wikipedia is available at http://wikipedia.boopsie.com/. This mobile phone download supports BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Palm OS, Symbian S60, J2ME, Android, and iPhone. (A BREW version is available but must be side-loaded.)

WikiPock[edit]

WikiPock for Windows Mobile screenshots

WikiPock is a mobile application that provides offline access to all Wikipedia articles in 22 languages for Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, Android and Symbian OS mobile phones. All the articles are stored in the mobile phone's memory.

Evopedia[edit]

Evopedia is an application that provides offline access to all Wikipedia articles in differents languages for Android (Beta), Firefox OS, Linux (Arch, Ubuntu), Maemo, Openmoko, QtMoko and Windows. Math formulas, on-line loading of images, Wiktionary dumps and a geographical article search are supported.

E-Book readers[edit]

Amazon Kindle[edit]

Amazon Kindle (3G versions) have the free access to Wikipedia content through mobile phone network on the "experimental browser" included in Kindle software. All content is shown in black-and-white (all colored images and graphs are converted).

EPub encyclopaedias[edit]

The Wiki-as-Ebook project provides massive encyclopaedias for E-Book-readers created from a large set of Wikipedia articles (commercial; 2013). Colored images are converted to grayscale.

iPad[edit]

There are a number of Wikipedia applications developed for the iPad. Most of them are geared toward enhancing the reading experience, but at least one app is built specifically to enable contribution (editing and photo uploads).

Free
  • Simplepedia offers a clean reading interface, in-text search, and content navigation
For purchase
  • Wiki Edit enables editing (with or without a markup assistance toolbar), photo uploads, and navigation to watchlist and user pages
  • Wikihood allows you to search for specific types of articles (businesses, landmarks, popular) in a given location
  • Wikipanion plus offers advanced searching, saving, and language selection tools
  • Articles offers saving, searching, nearby, and a customizable toolbar

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wapedia.mobi – Homepage. Retrieved 2010-02-18.
  2. ^ "Sevenval: Wikipedia:". Retrieved 2008-02-25.