You may ask a question: Why should I download another app if I can access Wikipedia from my Safari or Google Chrome?
The reason is simple. A dedicated Wikipedia application gives you more power and control.
First of all, you can customize the app to look exactly the way you like it. You can change the font size, brightness, and theme. Two themes are like the night mode. They show white text on a dark background. You can also enable an option to dim images if one of the dark themes is selected.
I find the night mode feature exceptionally helpful during my evening reading sessions, when I switch from the Kindle app with the night theme turned on.
Wikipedia app is heavily integrated with iOS. You can find wiki articles using Spotlight search. The app offers three Today widgets: recently read articles, featured articles, and top reads. Another convenient thing is the ability to save articles for offline reading.
The app’s most significant benefit, however, is multilingual support.
With 40 million articles written in 300 languages, it’s easy to find on the web a wiki entry written in the language you don’t understand. The app is fixing this problem.
You can define your preferred languages in the settings, and pick up the default one. When you search Wikipedia, you can quickly tap the language of your choice. Finally, you can always switch the language version once you are in the article.
Benefits: night mode and other personalization options, ability to save articles for offline reading, integration with iOS
Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, iMessage
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