Wikipedia has updated its Android application after a while and it has brought with it some really awesome things. The new Wikipedia application is now strutting off Material Design and looks incredible especially on a smartphone that is running Android Lollipop. Most of us prefer to use the Wikipedia mobile site given how responsive and easy to read it is on mobile instead of having a standalone application that will take away space on ROM.
The new application has made searching within it extremely easy and also has added the major banner image with a parallax effect to make the whole experience really immersive. What is not really clear is from where is the header image being pulled, in most likelihood it is the largest image that is found in article. The entire changelog of the application is as below:
- A prominent, contextually-relevant image at the top of each article (with parallax scrolling) to engage readers in the topic
- “Read More” feature at the end of each article that includes links to up to three related pages to encourage readers to explore further
- Improved search functionality, including more defined and higher contrast search bar and a list of recently searched topics
- Image viewer that allows users to view a larger version of any image via a pop-up panel (image appears unobscured if tapped on) and swipe left or right to view the previous or next image
The update like any other is available via the Google Play Store and you simply have to update your application for it. The same is not on iOS yet, so we hope a similar redesign or ground up redesign for iPhone could be done given that the application is kind of dizzy on the iPhone.