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Wikipedia App Gets New Toolbar & Other Improvements

January 18, 2016 - Written By John Anon

There is little doubting that Wikipedia has become one of the go-to sources for information on the internet. Even if you are someone who always head to Google to find something out, there is a better than even chance that many of your “what does this mean” or ‘what is” searches direct you to Wikipedia anyway. Likewise, for many of those who make use of the dedicated Wikipedia app for Android, the app has become an essential part of their app toolbox and a quick way to find out what they need to know, when they need to know it. Well, for those who are using the app, the app is receiving an update today and one which brings with it a few minor changes that are designed to improve the overall experience.

The biggest change being noted in the latest update is the inclusion of a new toolbar. The newly added toolbar appears under the main header image and firstly seems to offer a more unified look by changing color to match the overall color tone of the main image. More importantly though, the toolbar provides a quick means to saving or sharing the article. By hitting the first icon, you can directly save the article for offline reading. While the second icon is the more typical ‘share’ icon and allows for direct sharing via your usual share options.

Moving on and the next visual change is that the “similar pages” and “page issues” have both now been moved to the overflow menu. This seems to be more of an effort just to further tidy up the look of the page overall. Closing out the update and there seems to be a number of bug fixes and improvements on offer. These include the reduction of memory usage and the number of “out-of-memory crashes”, along with fixes for saved page status issues and the thumbnail icon for ‘similar pages’. The Wikipedia changelog also notes that a fix has rolled out for Norwegian language support for those who were encountering the issue. The update is already listed on the Play Store and therefore, if you have the app installed you should see the update arrive soon enough, if you have not already. If you have yet to download the app, you can download the updated version through the link below.

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