You may have gladly scavenged data from Wikipedia a long, long time ago but in all likelihood you don’t visit it half as much as before. Chances are you don’t even have, or are even aware of the existence of its smartphone app. With a new redesign however, it is fair to say that Wikipedia has finally discovered 2016 and is back to gain some lost attention.
The redesign had been seen on iOS previously but is now making an appearance on Android, too. To start off, the app features a complete redesign for a more colorful interface, featuring a search bar at the top with voice commands.
It keeps you updated with the current news stories, with links to articles within the Wiki. It shows you the top five read articles during the day, as well as recommendations. Articles which you have started but haven’t finished reading are also there.
Then there’s the featured sections, dedicated for the pictures and articles which have been curated by editors. Lastly, there is an option to randomly open a Wikipedia article.
In all honesty, these are all features which most people would miss in any news app in this day and age so it is finally good to see Wikipedia catching up. Where it does differentiate is in the sheer scale of the data that is available there. With its integration of both that information with current trending topics, it could certainly be the richest source of your everyday news hunt.
You can download the redesigned Wikipedia app here.