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New indie Wikipedia app for Windows Phone sets the bar for quality

For those familiar with our site, you’ll know we have some developers whose work we consider to be generally the crème of the crop. Rudy Huyn is one of those and he released his new app recently aptly titled Wikipedia (his other apps include TVShow, Friend Tracker, 9Gag and Fuse)

Long story short, Rudy previously had a similar app called MyEncyclopedia. MyEncyclopedia was actually part of a contest involving the carrier Orange. Huyn wanted to control the app and updates  though so he was going to relist it under his account but alas, the developer-bug got him and he decided to redo the whole thing making it even nicer than ever.

WP Central

Well, mission accomplished.

Wikipedia is a gorgeous little app that has no ads and is completely free—just like Wikipedia itself. The app has many functions that make it “complete” but really it’s the well thought out design that turns our head. Some of those functions though are:

  • View wikipedia articles around your location
  • Search in 100 languages
  • Offline mode to view article without Internet connection
  • Display the summary of the article
  • Find your favorite articles
  • View previous versions of article
  • Simply share a article on Facebook, Twitter, by mail or by generating a QRCode
  • Support Pocket (formerly Read It Later) and Instapaper

Like we said, there’s little not to like about this app so if you use Wikipedia and want added functionality, just peep our video above or head right here to the Marketplace to get it now.

QR: Wikipedia



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CJ Thunder says:

I love how some of the reviews blame the app for not working in China. That's good propaganda.
The app is beautiful but this app doesn't add many features beyond what I can do in the browser. I like using my search button when I need info and I hope WP8 will search using apps and in apps because that will speed up the process.

ejlee072006 says:

Omg.. This is how all apps should be made..

trazer says:

Thanks, I was waiting on the new version of this app! Many thanks to the developer for all his work on this as it is appreciated. :)

zeronoise says:

Now the only thing I need is my 920

nizzon says:

Now that is how WP-apps is supposed to look! Looks fantastic.
I wish MS would have more strict guidelines, or some kind of standard or template so devs could get to this level easier.
Compared to iOS and Android, Metro require a bit more from the devs to keep up with the rest of the WP OS and UI, obviously its not that easy to create something beautiful with text and squares. Most apps looks kind of crap imo.  

iggypop120 says:

How long until this gets pulled?

Why would it get pulled? Wikipedia is open source with no revenue stream. I dare you to cite an instance of Wikipedia enforcing anything.

schlubadub says:

Using their name for a non-official app would be just cause though?

rudyhuyn says:

Everything has been checked, I have the rights;)
(Wikipedia is happy to have an application a little better than the existing one)

jkercado says:

That is pretty cool.

mangoose says:

Wow dude, this is by far one of the best metro experience app ever. I love wikipedia and this is a really class app you've made. Even on my 1st gen samsung focus, it runs smoothly.
One request: I'd very very very strongly recommend to keep it always free. Its Wikipedia!!! Wikipedia defies the traditional knowledge and economic systems by providing all the human knowledge for free ad-free. And you'll make a big contribution in the same faith by keeping this app free.
(But if really really REALLY required, you can make it paid. In any case, please dont infest it with ads)

ZuNuKoo says:

Only thing missing (haven't fully checked it) is augmented camera function. Looks fantastic. I'll be installing now.

aubreyq says:

Now that's a sweet looking app!

rudyhuyn says:

You are very very fast guys!
If you have any question, I'm here !

aubreyq says:

I just want to say thanks for creating such a great app!

Jay Bennett says:

Dammit Rudy stop raising the bar so high for the rest of us! ;) in seriousness though this release is excellent, seriously impressed

dazziex says:

very good app, thanks for releasing it for free

Guakala says:

The app rocks man, congratulations. 

raj varma says:

Nice app
Awesome UI

rudyhuyn says:

Tips : add some articles to favorites and return to home (I work hard on the "sliding image control" ;) )

cannon#WP says:

Wikipanda has now been relegated to #2.

theefman says:

Thanks, Nice work. Would like to see some of those UI elements come to TV Show, give some uniformity to your apps.

DemiNutive says:

Finally an awesome Wikipedia app, I used to use wikipanda but it was full and sometimes didn't work. Thank you to the dev for knocking this one out the park!

DemiNutive says:

Damn you auto correct, I meant to say flat and lacking AND Sometimes didn't work.

rudyhuyn says:

@theefman : It will be the case ;) For the moment, I work hard on Fuse major update (which use some controls of wikipedia (the share panel, dark  / light themes, etc ...) and with unique new features (secret for the moment)

rudyhuyn says:

Another feature of wikipedia: references 
search a reference (it look like this : [3])  and click on it

dKp1977 says:

Best Wikipedia app of all mobile OS ever!

cam45fblax says:

Gorgeous app, downloading now!

Simply beautiful...all app developers should take notice

djctz says:

I will be downloading now!

deansmilk says:

This looks really nice. Going to download...

Lx23 says:

I'm one of those people who really really really like nice apps. But this time the app is nice and I use Wikipedia a lot. Thanks to the dev

JimmyFal says:

Rubber mat on table, avoid needless spinning of phone during demo....

wpguy says:

Excellent work on the app, Rudy!

Thank you, WPCentral, for letting us know about it.

iggypop120 says:

This really has been awesome

Oldmajor says:

Excellent job!

jmarnell says:

Outstanding app and fantastic developer work. Love the metro integration and well thought out design.