Wikipedia for Android Now Suggests Articles Based on Location

Wikipedia for Android now knows where you live and will make location based suggestions following a new app update.

Just like the web browser based Wikipedia website which introduced a Nearby search option earlier this year the free app for Android has been updated today to include the very same feature for smartphones and tablets.

The feature will be found in the Wikipedia app main menu and by using GeoData and will generate interesting articles about the things in your area. These can be places of interest, historical facts and more – all sourced from the 32-million entries on the public information database which has had its backend restructured and storage reworked to make the Nearby feature possible on the Android app.

As well as the Nearby feature the Wikipedia app will experience improvements in page load time and language support, as well as easy editing of articles and social sharing options though linked apps such as Facebook and Twitter.

It’s a handy tool for those who may be visiting an unfamiliar town or place, or for those looking to brush up on their knowledge of local area. Think of it as a personal tour guide in your pocket as information becomes all the more portable.

Also See: Attopedia Wikipedia App for Android Wear

The Wikipedia app for iOS seems to remain unchanged at the moment but did recently get updated along with the Android app to allow articles to be saved for offline viewing.

Wikipedia is available on Google Play