Wiktionary Launches Android App – Free Dictionary In Over 150 Languages

Wiktionary needs no introduction, and I won’t be giving one (gearing up for the Windows Phone Summit, grabbing a cappuccino and making myself a pizza, so, no time!). They just launched an Android app, and like all things Wikipedia (Wiktionary is a sister project of Wikipedia), it’s free.

Wiktionary for Android

Available in over 150 languages, you can save articles in the Wiktionary app for Android, to read later. It’s a wonderful feature to have, because constant connectivity is not always possible. Not just that, you can read the articles in the said 150+ languages, and even listen to word pronunciations. Pretty good.

Wiktionary on Google Play

Here’s the official presser, in case you have some time to while away –

Wiktionary, the online dictionary that anyone can edit, is now available as a mobile app for Android in Google Play (formerly Android Market). With the official Wiktionary App, you can:

  • Read Wiktionary in over 150 languages
  • Share pages with friends
  • Listen to word pronunciations
  • Save your favorite pages
  • Read the Word of the Day
  • … and more!

Expanding the reach of Wikimedia projects on Android is an important contribution to spreading free knowledge globally. And this is a great example of the motto, “Fork our code, reach millions, and help educate the world!”

A volunteer development effort, the Wiktionary App was developed in collaboration withUndergraduate Capstone Open Source Projects. Four Canadian undergraduate Computer Science students built the app as volunteers, using the code of the existing Wikipedia App, and adding additional features for Wiktionary.

Like the Wikipedia App before it, the Wiktionary App is committed to Open Web technologies. It is built using the open source framework PhoneGap, and uses HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript. The code is completely open source, and available on GitHub. Anyone can get involved – by submitting code, adding translations on Translatewiki, or by becoming a contributor to Wiktionary.

We’re excited to release this app and get Wiktionary into the hands of more mobile users. We hope you are as excited as we are!

Patrick Hayes, Volunteer