If you have read Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days and like to explore unknown regions of the world, the Android Market has an app that lets you travel and discover the world using your Android device without your having to leave the comfort of your seat. The Wikihood app integrates the knowledge of Wikipedia and the directions of Google Maps to make your virtual travels fun and educational.

Unlike searching through a massive collection of web content, the Wikihood app shows relevant information based on the map or the location you are searching for. Utilizing advanced semantic data mining, the app systematically organizes information from Wikipedia and associates it with various locations from every part of the world.

The Wikihood app is so easy to use. You just need to specify the location of interest or navigate manually on the map to view Wikipedia information and articles about places, events, people, and photos around the world.

At the top of the screen, you can find the buttons that will help you navigate through the app. To open the maps, press the Placemarker icon and it will display the map showing the locations of the search result. Tapping a placemarker will show a bubble containing a short description of the selected location. If you are not satisfied with the brief description, tap on the bubble again and the app will redirect you to a list of relevant articles from Wikipedia.

If you’re not into geography or maps, hit the magnifying glass icon to automatically search the location you’re looking for. The app will show you a list of search results based on the distance from the location you have specified on the search bar. To organize things, you can also sort the list items by going to Menu > Sort.

Selecting a search result from the list takes you to another page from where you can get more information about a selected topic or place. The information is grouped into four categories: People, Culture, Economy, and Geography. Although Wikihood for Android doesn’t support Economy and Geography at the moment, developers promise an update soon to complete the app. You can also share its contents by pressing the share button on the page.

Other features include a refresh button to update search results and the Wikihood icon that will direct you to the app’s main screen.

If you want to try location-based browsing of Wikipedia content, check out Wikihood. You can download Wikihood for free from the Android Market and discover interesting information about any geographic location all over the world.

What Android apps do you use for your virtual tours and online expeditions?

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