Wikipedia is the sixth most popular website in America according to Alexa, and hundreds of millions of people rely on the site to some degree. Of course, most people also know what they’re getting themselves into when visiting Wikipedia. The information is crowd-sourced so some pages can’t always be relied upon, and the site features a very basic design that’s reminiscent of the early days of the World Wide Web.
Now, iPhone users looking to spice things up a bit can do so with a fantastic new free app.
Wikiwand started as a Chrome desktop plugin that sought to transform the tired old layout of Wikipedia’s website into something much more sleek and modern. While it certainly succeeded, the new iPhone app goes even further.
Featuring a terrific layout, slick graphics and a host of fantastic features, Wikiwand’s new iPhone app might just be the best way to browse Wikipedia that we’ve ever come across. It takes all of the information offered by Wikipedia and wraps it in a user experience that is second to none.
And best of all, it’s completely free.
Here’s the app’s full App Store description along with a download link:
Wikiwand’s Wikipedia reader is the fastest way to find answers on Wikipedia. Quickly access information on the go using Wikiwand’s powerful multi-language search, quick facts panel, link previews and in-article search, presented in a beautiful award-winning interface.
• Multi-language search (up to 3 languages simultaneously)
• Amazingly accurate search results with pictures
• Different icons for people, locations, films, music, etc.
• Perform a Google search for articles in one tap
• In-article text search capability
• Pre-loading of articles for immediate access
• Convenient quick facts panel
• Smart table of contents, one tap/swipe away
• Static header showing the currently read section
• Quick preview for links without leaving the article
• Easily toggle articles between your preferred languages
• Sleek and intuitive user-interface
• Clean article display with beautiful typography
• Immersive photo gallery with filmstrip navigation
• Interactive maps for countries, cities and other venues
• Browse articles around you on a map