The popular online service Wikipedia has re-launched its iOS app with a new native version that features editing and an offline mode. The free app has some unique features other than browsing through Wikipedia entires, as Wikipedia tells us:
- Fastest way to get into the content. Other highly-rated unofficial free iOS apps have hurdles to access the content. Either downloading some content, or just simply not being able to dive right in to it. That doesn’t happen with the official app.
- You can edit with this app, unlike other unofficial apps. And you can do it logged out, if you choose.
- Wikipedia Zero for developing and emerging countries. If you’re on one of the participating operators, you can use Wikipedia free of data charges.
Wikipedia also shared some other important features:
– Speed – Our new native app allows users to browse and edit Wikipedia faster than ever before on mobile devices. – Editing – You can edit Wikipedia on the app! Logged in or logged out, we thank everyone for their contributions to the sum of human knowledge. – Recent pages – We provide readers with a reading history, tap as many links as you like without ever getting lost. – Saved pages – Save select pages for offline reading and browse them on a plane trip, on the road, or anywhere without an Internet connection. – Language support – The app allows seamless transition to reading Wikipedia written in another language. – Wikipedia Zero – We’ve partnered with mobile network operators around the world to provide Wikipedia free of data charges to users in many developing and emerging economies.
This new Wikipedia app is a native re-launch as the foundation behind Wikipedia has offered a basic app for a number of years. The revamp comes just ahead of deep Wikipedia integration for Spotlight and Siri in iOS 8 and via Spotlight and Safari in OS X Yosemite this fall.