The best Wikipedia app for Windows Phone gets new features in latest update

Wikipedia v1.1 is now out now with custom colors

Wikipedia, by developer extraordinaire Rudy Huyn, is easily one of the nicest apps for Windows Phone. We said as much in our earlier mini-review and we stand by that statement.

Version 1.1 has just gone live in the Marketplace and there are quite a few welcome changes and additions to make this outstanding app even better…


Changelog v1.1 of Wikipedia:

  • The Web browser now has a scroll bar
  • Multi live tiles (with periodic agent)
  • Customizing the color of the application: default, system, or custom color
  • Two designs for the main tile
  • Browser now keeps the position of the article (click on a link, then back)
  • You can now change the font and look within an article by tapping ‘edit visualization’, which also allows you to lock the orientation.

One of the neatest aspects though is how the browser keeps track of your reading position. Basically, if you’re like us and like to take trips down the ‘Wikipedia hole’, you end up hitting link after link within the article. Now, when you do that but want to go back you can hit the back arrow and the article goes back to where you previously left off. Before, it would just reload the whole article from the beginning, making you have to scroll back down to where you hit the proceeding link. Very cool but subtle trick.

The other features include the new Tile, including a Wikipedia Logo type or Rudy’s variant. Either version can have the default color, Accent color or even a custom one chosen for your liking. Finally, there is also now a Live Tile option too, allowing the tile to show you today’s featured article or updates to your favorites.

The best part of Wikipedia is that it’s completely free with no ads, making it easily one of the best choices for a new app.

Pick up Wikipedia here in the Store or watch our hands on video below. Thanks, jnonis, for the tip

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.