[Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia mobile apps (was: Please be considerate of everyone's time.)
As Sage notes, the functionality of the new apps is about the same on both
Android and iOS, with some differences in the UI.
Like the beta Android version, we're using a sidebar ToC instead of
collapsing sections (though it's a bit fancier looking on iOS right now!)
and we've added basic login and editing ability. Note that in both OSs we
do not yet have any talk page or notification support -- this should be
coming a couple months down the line as we continue to tune up the
We hope to iterate fairly quickly once we've got the first new version out!
Unfortunately due to Apple's store policies we can't have an open public
"beta" version of the app easily installable like we do on Android. We're
currently doing "in-house" betas with Apple's Enterprise Distribution
program combined with the TestFlight beta distribution service; when they
release upcoming improvements to TestFlight we'll be able to distribute
betas much more publicly but this may not arrive until iOS 8 as well.
Regarding iOS 8 features -- they are very much on our minds, but we can't
actually use them yet so we're working on polishing up the iOS
6/7-compatible release. :)
Aside from various nice internals updates in the OS, one of the main
user-facing improvements is better app-to-app integration based on
extension points. This would allow us to make Commons available as a
"share" destination for photos directly from other apps as we do on
Android, and other potential things.
On 6/16/14, 4:27 PM, Brion Vibber wrote:
> As Sage notes, the functionality of the new apps is about the same on both
> Android and iOS, with some differences in the UI.
Is there something written on the intended relationship between the apps
and the mobile website? I've long been mildly confused about how the
goals for each relate, and what I "should" use. On my Android phone
right now, I've got both the old app, and a bookmark to Wikipedia that
opens in Firefox, and I seem to alternate between which I prefer,
because neither is strictly a superset of the other's functionality.