List of Wikipedia mobile applications

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Wikipedia (Android)
WikipediaMobileAppLogo.png
Wikiappandroid.jpg
Wikipedia app displaying an article
Developer(s) Wikimedia Foundation
Stable release 2.0.102-r-2015-05-14 / May 24, 2015; 41 days ago (2015-05-24)
Preview release 2.0.104-beta-2015-06-25[1] / June 25, 2015; 9 days ago (2015-06-25)
Operating system Android
Size

3.3MB (Stable)

3.3MB (Beta version)
Website www.wikipedia.org
Wikipedia Mobile (iOS)
Wikipedia app iOS.jpg
Developer(s) Wikimedia Foundation
Stable release 4.1.4 / June 2, 2015; 32 days ago (2015-06-02)
Operating system iOS
Size 7.2MB
Website Wikipedia Mobile on iTunes
Wikipedia (Firefox OS)
Developer(s) Wikimedia Foundation
Operating system Firefox OS
Website www.wikipedia.org
Wikipedia (Windows)
Developer(s) Wikimedia Foundation
Initial release May 31, 2012 (2012-05-31Tno)
Operating system Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows RT
Website www.wikipedia.org

The Wikimedia Foundation publishes official Wikipedia mobile apps for using Wikipedia on multiple mobile device operating systems. All are available for free via the appropriate app store: Android (via Google Play), BlackBerry (via BlackBerry World), iOS (via App Store), Firefox OS (via Firefox Marketplace), and Windows 8 (via Windows Store). Independent developers have also released many unofficial apps for reading Wikipedia articles. Some apps load content from the Wikipedia site and process it; other apps use the MediaWiki API. Some only display Wikipedia content, usually omitting some features such as categories and talk pages. Some allow editing.

Official applications[edit]

Official Wikipedia applications are called "Wikipedia", except for the iOS version which is called "Wikipedia Mobile".

The official Android app allows editing articles directly from the app, and can provide a list of headings and distances to geotagged articles near the user's current location. It does not show categories or talk pages.
It is also available on F-Droid: package in F-Droid.
The official iOS app also provides a read-only version of Wikipedia,[2] similar to the mobile web version. It allows users to "share" an article via Facebook and other social websites. It also allows users to find geotagged articles near their current location. It does not show categories or talk pages.
The official Windows app also provides a read-only version of Wikipedia, similar to the mobile web version. The app when used in Windows RT is incapable of showing moving pictures.
The official Firefox OS app provides a read-only version of Wikipedia, similar to the mobile web version. This version has basic Wikipedia Zero detection to let users know if their operator has zero-rated the data access usage for Wikipedia.

Unofficial applications[edit]

These apps were mainly developed to display articles and are often used on platforms for which an official Wikipedia app is not available, such as Windows Phone. Typical features include searching for articles, bookmarks, sharing, or enlarging images.

Title Description Android iOS Windows Phone Other Open source
Aard Dictionary A free cross-platform (Android, Linux, Mac, Windows) offline dictionary reader[3] yes Website Yes
All Of Wikipedia - Offline By Brilliant(ish) Software[4] yes Website
Discover — Wikipedia in a Magazine By Cooliris, Inc.[5][6] iPad
WikiNodes By Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement (IDEA)[7][8][9] yes
Articles By Sophiestication Software[10] yes
Minipedia - Offline Encyclopedia By Minipedia yes yes Website
Kiwix A free program to read Wikipedia offline yes Website Yes
Random Wiki A free and open source app to read random articles of Wikipedia yes Yes
Yearly A free app that displays a randomly selected event from Wikipedia page about the year visible on a 24-hour digital watch. yes Webapp
LearnDiscovery An app to display the mindmap of Wikipedia and save mindmaps for above 4 million topics. Correlations between topics are organized. It is used to make sense of new information by visualizing the context about a topic. It allows to bookmark mindmaps instead of articles, and to share mindmaps as visual references. It costs $1. yes Website
What's Here? Android app that lets the user find interesting Wiki pages around the current (physical) location. yes
WikiMed Medical Encyclopedia Wikipedia's Offline Medical Encyclopedia yes
Wikipanion Wikipanion is designed for easy, search, navigation and display of Wikipedia entries. Streamline your browsing with history grouped by visit date, and bookmarking that not only bookmarks individual entries, but individual sections within an entry. yes Website
The Wiki Game - A Wikipedia Game of Racing and Exploring! Race through Wikipedia articles. It costs $1. yes Website
Listen to Wikipedia See and hear every change to every article on Wikipedia in real-time. Bells are sounded for additions and strings are plucked for subtractions. yes Website
Wiki to Map Geotaged Wikipedia for iPhone, iPad - read Wikipedia pages related to selected place on the map on any Language. It costs $1. yes Website
WikiBots Talking Wikipedia Listen to a bot reading Wikipedia articles out loud in 23 languages. yes
Duckipedia - A Wikipedia Reader Duckipedia is a clean Wikipedia reader. yes Website
LoboWiki Reader for Wikipedia The main idea behind LoboWiki is to allow users to read Wikipedia articles in a distraction-free manner. It means that all the links you click are added to the reading queue, instead of being immediately opened. yes Website
GeoSearch for Wikipedia Search and view geo-tagged Wikipedia articles from an visible map region. yes Website
Wikipedia Lecturer Free Plays Wikipedia articles with Text to Speech in virtually any language and automatically plays all related articles on any topic. yes
GWiki - Wikipedia for Android A simple and effective Wikipedia client, which is faster than the browser and offers multiple extra features. yes
Wiki Encyclopedia Offline This app comes with the top 2 million English Wikipedia articles (about half the total number). It needs 3.6 GB space on the device to install. There is no free version for windows phone. yes yes Website
Wiki Encyclopedia Gold A Wikipedia reader. yes
"Wikipedia" Wikipedia for windows phone. It allows for quick and easy access to articles and has various additional features. yes
Wiki Bee Free Wiki Bee Free gives quick and easy-to-read access to Wikipedia from the Windows Phone. yes
Wikipedia Reader Wikipedia Reader is a Wikipedia article and image reader. yes
Wikiweb Wikiweb is a Wikipedia reader that also visualizes the connections between articles.[11][12] It costs $5. yes Website
Wikiwand This Wikipedia client was created with the goal of creating a Wikipedia app that is easier to navigate and search than the website or the site's own app.[13][14][15] yes Website

Related applications[edit]

A number of apps for Wikipedia's sister projects exist. These include the Wiki Loves Monuments app, written for a 2012 photo contest, is an aid for Wikiphotographers. It shows a map of nearby national heritage register items, indicating whether Wikipedia had a photo for the site, and enabling quick and easy photo uploads for camera phones. It is not integrated with the official article display app.[16]

Until mid-2014, there was also an iOS and Android app for Wikimedia Commons[17] and Wiktionary,[18] the former of which was discontinued due to a lack of available resources from the Wikimedia Foundation.[19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wikipedia Beta on Google Play
  2. ^ "iPhone App of the Week: Wikipedia Mobile". Smartcompany.com.au. 2011-06-17. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  3. ^ "Desktop — Aard Dictionary". Aarddict.org. 2012-02-26. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  4. ^ BrothaTech (2011-06-16). "All of Wikipedia - On or Offline Wiki Reading For your iPhone or iPad". Appscout.com. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  5. ^ "DISCOVER A New Wikipedia". Wassapps.com. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  6. ^ Monday, February 14th, 2011 (2011-02-14). "Cooliris Gets $9.6 Million From Kleiner Perkins And Others, Releases New Version Of LiveShare Photo Sharing App". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  7. ^ "WikiNodes Brings A New Perspective To Knowledge » 148Apps » iPhone and iPod Touch Application Reviews and News". 148Apps. 2011-05-10. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  8. ^ "WikiNodes for iPad – Making Wikipedia Fun to Explore — iPad Insight". Ipadinsight.com. 2011-05-12. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  9. ^ "WikiNodes for iPad". iPad App Finders. 2011-05-23. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  10. ^ Mike Schramm (2010-06-09). "Apple Design Awards go to popular iPhone and iPad apps". TUAW. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  11. ^ Sawers, Paul (14 July 2012). "Wikiweb: A beautiful iOS Wikipedia app that lets you visualize connections between articles". The Next Web. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  12. ^ Rubio, Justin (18 July 2012). "Wikiweb app makes wasting time on Wikipedia even easier". The Verge. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  13. ^ Bell, Karissa (8 March 2015). "5 can't-miss apps: 'Zenith Space Adventure,' StubHub Music and more". Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  14. ^ Sawers, Paul (19 August 2014). "WikiWand makes Wikipedia beautiful". The Next Web. 
  15. ^ Sawers, Paul (5 March 2015). "Wikiwand arrives on iPhone to help make Wikipedia beautiful". VentureBeat. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  16. ^ Google Play Wiki Loves Monuments, Wikimedia Foundation
  17. ^ "Wikimedia Commons - Android Apps on Google Play". Play.google.com. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  18. ^ "Wiktionary - Android Apps on Google Play". Play.google.com. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  19. ^ Hartman, Derk-Jan. "[WikimediaMobile] Pulling the Commons app". Retrieved 27 November 2014. 

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