Wikipedia Beta for Android Receives Major Overhaul

The application also features table of contents now, along with other new features

By on June 6th, 2014 17:47 GMT

An updated flavor of the Wikipedia Beta application is now available for download for the owners of Android-based devices out there, namely version 2.0-beta3.

The new app iteration arrives on devices with a nice range of enhancements, as well as with a complete UI overhaul, which makes it even more visually appealing than before.

At the same time, the updated application now allows users to easily edit articles straight from their smartphones, so as contribute to the encyclopedia even when on the go.

The new application release also comes with a series of performance improvements, making actions such as search, browse, and others much faster than before.

Additionally, the software now features a table of contents, so that users could navigate long articles easier than before, to get to the information they need faster.

Wikipedia Beta for Android comes with Wikipedia Zero support now, and the release notes for the app unveil that data charges have been waived for select participating mobile operators (Wikipedia is, of course, freely licensed).

Other enhancements added to the new app iteration would boast the option to search any-language Wikipedia, along with Bookmark pages, Random article, and a recent browsing history.

Keep in mind that the application is a beta release, which means that it might still include a series of issues and glitches.

However, the main purpose of the app iteration is that any issues with it would be discovered by beta testers, so that they would be fixed as soon as possible.

All the aforementioned improvements will be added to the official Wikipedia application for Android devices as soon as bugs are crushed. Until then, users can enjoy both the beta and the final flavors of the software on their devices, side by side.

“You can install Wikipedia Beta alongside your current version of Wikipedia for Android, so you can test our new features before they go live for all Wikipedia for Android users. Your feedback will help us fix bugs and decide what features to focus on next,” the app’s description reads.

Those interested in having a closer look at the new features packed inside Wikipedia Beta for Android and on discovering glitches in the software should download and install it now. Also, they should offer feedback on the experience they receive from the app, to ensure that fixes are delivered.

The application is available through the Google Play Store for free, with support for all devices running under Android 2.3.3 and newer.

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