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Wikipedia’s new iOS app focuses on discovery, personalization

by • March 9, 2016 • No Comments

Wikipedia right now launched an upgraded model of its iOS application aimed at helping users advantageous discover content matching their own interests, which include both articles and images. In addition, the app has been optimized for Apple’s newer OS and latest iPhones (6s and 6s Plus) with assist for 3D Touch and Spotlight Search integrations.

This is the latest in a series of efforts of the organization to manufacture its mobile application a thing users turn to for additional than day to day fact-checking purposes.

In the past, those efforts have included the rollout of additional utilitarian features like offline access and mobile editing, as well as an experiment with going social by way of shareable “fact cards,” which were introduced last year. (That showcase is yet assisted, but has been created less prominent. You now have to nominate text to “share a fact.”)

In the latest model, Wikipedia focuses additional heavily on finding informative things to read and personalization. That is, it presents users with a new “Explore” feed which features a combination of the top read articles, the showcased article and showcased picture of the day, random articles, and nearby articles, in addition to those recommended based on how you’ve been via the app previously. These latter suggestions can be related to what you read on the app, the organization says.

In addition, the update comes with assist for navigating via multi-touch gestures (which include swipe, tap and 3D Touch), as well as 3D Touch of the app’s icon on the homescreen. This can let you open search, read a random article, see nearby articles, or go on reading your latest. One other iOS-specific showcase, Handoff, is now assisted in this release, too.

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Finally, a showcase which you save articles to read later, which are in addition on the market offline, arrived along with improvements to image galleries and tools to additional easily share articles via social media or email.

The extent any of these changes – or those in the past – are having on Wikipedia’s traction on iOS is less sure. The app remains top-ranked in the “Reference” category on the App Store, where it’s usually in the top 15 or 20 (Though, lately it dropped a bit to the 30’s.) But, it’s surely not one of the most talked about “Overall” apps on the iPhone, despite its brand-name awareness.

The problem is which most individuals don’t ponder of Wikipedia as a place they want to explore, but pretty a place to appear a thing up. And the fact which its web content has been surfaced through Apple’s Spotlight Search since iOS 8 most likely satisfies most in require of a swift fact check. Wikipedia is yet attempting to find the sweet spot in terms of manufacturing its iOS app a thing which may be additional regularly launched, but it’s not a surety which just rolling out a advantageous “explore” feed can do the trick.

That said, the app is well-designed and highly polished, and worth the download for those who may pretty learn a thing in their free time pretty than goof off on Snapchat or Vine. The updated Wikipedia app is live now on the iTunes App Store.


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