Wikipedia’s new iOS app focuses on discovery, personalization
Wikipedia at present launched an upgraded model of its iOS software aimed toward serving to customers higher uncover content material matching their very own pursuits, together with each articles and pictures. As well as, the app has been optimized for Apple’s newer OS and newest iPhones (6s and 6s Plus) with help for 3D Contact and Highlight Search integrations.
That is the newest in a collection of efforts from the group to make its cellular software one thing that customers flip to for greater than on a regular basis reality-checking functions.
Prior to now, these efforts have included the rollout of extra utilitarian options like offline entry and cellular modifying, in addition to an experiment with going social by means of shareable “reality playing cards,” which have been added final yr. (That function continues to be supported, however has been made much less outstanding. You now have to pick textual content to “share a reality.”)
Within the newest model, Wikipedia focuses extra closely on discovering fascinating issues to learn and personalization. That’s, it presents customers with a brand new “Discover” feed that showcases a mixture of the highest learn articles, the featured article and featured image of the day, random articles, and close by articles, along with these which might be really helpful based mostly on the way you’ve been utilizing the app beforehand. These latter recommendations shall be associated to what you learn on the app, the group says.
As well as, the replace consists of help for navigating utilizing multi-contact gestures (together with swipe, faucet and 3D Contact), in addition to 3D Contact from the app’s icon on the homescreen. This can allow you to open search, learn a random article, see close by articles, or proceed studying your newest. One other iOS-particular function, Handoff, is now supported on this launch, too.
Lastly, a function that you save articles to learn later, that are additionally obtainable offline, arrived together with enhancements to picture galleries and instruments to extra simply share articles by way of social media or e-mail.
To what extent any of those modifications – or these prior to now – are having on Wikipedia’s traction on iOS is much less sure. The app stays prime-ranked within the “Reference” class on the App Retailer, the place it’s often within the prime 15 or 20 (Although, these days it dropped a bit to the 30’s.) Nevertheless, it’s definitely not one of the crucial common “General” apps on the iPhone, regardless of its model-identify consciousness.
The issue is that many individuals don’t consider Wikipedia as a spot they need to discover, however fairly a spot to look one thing up. And the truth that its net content material has been surfaced by way of Apple’s Highlight Search since iOS eight probably satisfies most in want of a fast reality examine. Wikipedia continues to be looking for the candy spot when it comes to making its iOS app one thing that may be extra often launched, nevertheless it’s not sure that merely rolling out a greater “discover” feed will do the trick.
That stated, the app is nicely-designed and extremely polished, and well worth the obtain for many who would moderately study one thing of their free time somewhat than goof off on Snapchat or Vine. The up to date Wikipedia app is reside now on the iTunes App Retailer.