It's been a long time coming, but Wikipedia has finally released an official Android app, sneaking it into the market a few days ago. It's kind of ironic timing given that Wikipedia is blacked out today in protest of SOPA and PIPA, but everything seems to be working on the mobile version.

Features of the app include:

  • Save for later for offline use
  • Search articles nearby
  • Share articles
  • Multiple language support
  • Full screen search

It's great to finally see an official Android app from Wikipedia. Alternatives that we've used have been decent, but it's nice to have one straight from the Wikipedia developers. The free app is available in the Android Market. We've got links to it after the break.


Reader comments

Official Wikipedia Android app finally lands in the Market


As amusing as it is to see this today of all days, it looks like it was actually released 5 days ago. So no, they didn't release it on the SOPA blackout day...that's just when AC wrote about it. :-)

Google's search in the Market leaves something to be desired. I typed in Wikipedia, and the actual official app was something like 12 items down. I've seen this strange ranking on other app searches as well. I wonder what their criteria is.

Actually, mobile Wikipedia was not blacked out at all. I used it several times today. Although through a "desktop" browser, it is.

Anyway, I don't see the need for yet another "app" that is just a wrapper around a perfectly usable website. But, to each their own!

Been using Wiki Encyclopedia Pro (paid app) for sometime and its great. You can get it free from getjar gold apps.