Mobile

"Lead images on the Wikipedia Android app" by Deskana (WMF), under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Introducing lead images to Wikipedia’s Android beta app

Here in the Mobile Apps Team at the Wikimedia Foundation, we’re working to make it easier for the world to experience knowledge on mobile. More and more, users around the world are accessing Wikipedia on the go through their mobile devices, and it’s important that they can easily and quickly…

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An experiment in self-organization at the Wikimedia Foundation

Recently, the Wikimedia Foundation’s mobile web engineering team underwent a rapid change, more than doubling the number of engineers on the team within a period of four weeks. While this change was eagerly anticipated, the team size increase had unanticipated impacts on our team process and communication. It quickly became…

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"WikiReaders at Sinenjongo" by Pamrob3, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Wikimedia supports the Lyon Declaration and Access to Knowledge

The Wikimedia Foundation is proud to join the Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development which calls for United Nations member states to provide all people the ability to access and share knowledge. After all, this speaks to the ambition of the Wikimedia movement: sharing the sum of all human knowledge to all people around the world. […]

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Screenshot of the Nearby feature in the Wikipedia iOS App.

Do you know what’s around you? Let Wikipedia tell you!

The Wikimedia App team has just added the first native “Nearby” functionality to the new Android and iOS Wikipedia apps. Using this feature, you’ll be able to retrieve a list of Wikipedia articles near your current location and see their relative distance to you. […]

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Wikipedia Zero and Net Neutrality: Protecting the Internet as a Public Space

Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. That’s our commitment. - Wikimedia Foundation Vision Statement

In November 2012, a group of students at Sinenjongo High School in Joe Slovo Park, a poor South African township, launched a petition to South African cell phone providers to provide access to Wikipedia free of charge. The students used Wikipedia for homework and research, but the data charges were almost prohibitive. In February 2014, MTN South Africa responded, making Wikipedia free for their subscribers. This was done under the umbrella of a Wikimedia Foundation program known as Wikipedia Zero. […]

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"Screenshot of new iOS Wikipedia app" by DGarry (WMF), under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Official Wikipedia app revamped and now available on iOS and Android

We’re pleased to announce that, following the successful launch of the revamped Android app in June, today we’ve released the revamped Wikipedia iOS app. Our new official apps are now live on both iOS and Android!

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"Wikipedia on tablet" by MSyed (WMF), under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Wikimedia sites get a new look on tablets

Tablet users, rejoice! The Wikimedia Mobile Web team has been working to optimize the mobile view of all our projects, so that reading, browsing, and editing content are all easier on mobile touch screens of any size. Now our changes are finally live on tablets, too!

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New Wikipedia for Android app now in Beta

Wikipedia Android app (beta) screenshot The Wikipedia for Android app has a new look, and you can help test its new reading and editing features! The Wikimedia Foundation Mobile Apps team has just released a beta version of a new Android app to the Google Play Store. This native app…

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The Wikipedia editors behind the curtain

The last modified bar gives prominence to the editors behind an article. Find it at the top of every page. Wikipedia has been around for over 10 years and it’s not uncommon, all these years later, for someone to be surprised to learn that this is an encyclopedia that anyone…

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Agile and Trello: The planning cycle

This blog series will focus on how the Wikipedia App Team uses Trello for their day to day, week to week, and sprint to sprint development cycle. In its early days, the Wikipedia App was an experimental project that needed flexibility for its evolution. The team looked at a number…

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