Wikipedia Blackout Over, Official Android App Launched
All day, we’ve been hearing nothing but updates on the SOPA. Quite frankly, I understand the cause and intention of the act. However, it is no longer a good idea—especially the number of people who are already using the internet not just for entertainment but for work and communication with their friends and family members. I do not support SOPA.
Just like me, there are several others who feel a strong dislike for the act. In fact, Wikipedia has already shown their protest to the act by having a Wikipedia Blackout for a day. But after a day, they are back with the message:
‘Thank you for protecting Wikipedia. We’re not done yet.’
Clicking on this message then leads individuals to another message that reads:
‘Your voice was loud and strong. Millions of people have spoken in defense of a free and open internet.’
While the site was down, we did find an official Wikipedia app that gave its Android users access to over 20 million articles in 280 languages. Other than that, features of the app include the following:
- Full screen search
- Read articles in other languages
- Share articles through Android ‘Share’ function
- Search nearby articles
- Save articles for reading later or offline reading
Wikipedia is unquestionably the most widely used and comprehensive reference people use for reference and research. By having a Wikipedia app, information can be more accessible to anyone with an Android smartphone and an internet connection.