Mobile/Release history

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This details mobile release history on mobile and the current features we are working on.

Mobile Web[edit | edit source]

The mobile web version of Wikipedia makes use of three modes - alpha, beta and stable. Stable mode is the default experience for all users, however users can opt into other modes where they get additional features at the expensive of slightly less stability. Beta is generally bug free or close to bug free and is where we stage features and tweak them to perfection before releasing them to the wild. Our experimental (alpha) mode is as it suggests - very experimental. There are lots more features here and a higher probability of bugs. Developers are encouraged to submit new feature ideas for alpha testing as long as there is no other feature which tries to solve the same problem. Alpha features will be assessed based on user feedback as well as through the use of EventLoggingand the best ones will be moved to beta.

The purpose of this page is to explain what features you can expect in both alpha and beta modes, how long these experiments/projects have been running and who has been working on the code.

Beta[edit | edit source]

Features shortlisted for stable N/A

Currently sitting in beta

  • KeepGoing/ Getting Started
  • Test condition for left edit guider
  • Revision / Diff improvements:
  • UX improvements for tablets
    • Larger resolutions viewing mobile site see all sections expanded by default
    • Tablet styling
  • Last modified bar at top of page
  • Nearby: Navigate here on Nearby (begun in June 2013 by User:Jdlrobson)
  • Nearby Article preview on nearby (begun in May 2013 by User:jdlrobson)
  • Table of contents
  • Image lightboxes - clicking an image will open it up in a full screen lightbox. Introduced by Jgonera in September 2013
  • Talk page overlay (begun in June 2013 by User:Jdlrobson)
    • Add topics
  • Nearby pages to this page - an extension of Special:Nearby which takes article geo data and shows other articles near it with you actually not needing to be near it. Introduced in July 2013 by Jdlrobson [Promoted in Grasshopper]
  • User Profiles
  • Mobile optimised History
  • Mobile optimised Recent Changes
  • Mobile optimised Contributions pages
  • Red links are enabled. (Cannot be pushed to stable until we investigate user behaviour - do people get reverted? Do they need handholding etc?)
  • Toggling- Can toggle open focused sections with Enter and Space key on desktop (Accessibility improvements (aria))
  • Microtap - more responsive clicking to elements - introduced by JGonera in August 2013

Alpha[edit | edit source]

  • Talk
    • bubble has the number of open talk topics in it
    • ability to reply to talk topics.
  • New features
    • Categories - introduced in August 2013 as volunteer patch by Linas Valiukas
  • UX improvements
    • mediawiki.ui buttons
    • Ajax page loading - added 23rd October 2012. First introduced by User:jdlrobson with input from User:jgonera
    • Random shows keep going CTA to save user having to open menu again to click - introduced October 2013
    • Main menu has a slides in and out animation
  • Visual Editor
  • Language overlay improvements
    • [Candidate for promotion/deletion] Favorite languages. Prioritize the list of languages with your most widely used ones first. First introduced by User:jdlrobson. [does this currently work?]
  • Toggling
    • Ability to open all sections by default via Special:MobileOptions

In design[edit | edit source]

Scrapped Experiments[edit | edit source]

Some experiments don't make it to stable. The following features were dropped from alpha:

Feature Experiment duration Lead Why scrapped
Collapsed tables with zoom icon in top right corner 2012-12 -> 2013-09 User:jdlrobson Neglected experiment
Inline style scrubbing 2013-01-24 ->2013-09 User:jdlrobson https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Requests_for_comment/Allow_styling_in_templates
Search button on special pages  ? till 2013-06-03 User:Jdlrobson Echo lost it a home
Dynamic random button 2012-10-30 till 2013-04 User:Jdlrobson Due to bugs in lazy page loading

[Removing from Alpha in I5c731661ea059f61a4cb6cb5ce0409e37115f68b] No main page special casing - in stable main pages are special cased. We'd rather they weren't. This provides an environment with additional styles which reduces the need.

Mobile Web Features[edit | edit source]

Here is a summary of what stable users get.

Feature Went live (date or iteration)
LeftNavEditTutorial (bucketed experiment) 2014-02-16
New hamburger menu nav with about links, privacy links and headings May 2013
Echo Notifications 5th June 2013
Collapsed cleanup templates 2012-12
Enhanced Search 2012
Reference reveal 2012-03-26
Section toggling 2012-03-26
New Contact page 2012-05-22
New Nav UI 2012-10-23
Settings Page with beta opt-in 2012-10-23
Login 2013-02-12
Watchlists and watch star 2013-02-12
ResourceLoader support 2013-02-12
Event logging 2013-02-12
Last modified date on articles 2013-04
Photo uploads 2013-04
Nearby 2013-05-28
New page menu (watch star, talk, photo upload button and edit) 24th July 2013
Editing first pass 24th July 2013
Language overlay with search - Language overlay is loaded when needed and no languages are served up in default HTML July 2013
Photo upload nagging: Photo upload education tutorial July 2013
Infinite scroll on Special:Uploads page Oct 2013
New header and overlay design January 2014

Apps[edit | edit source]

Commons[edit | edit source]

Platform Version Download App submitted In store MD5 Release notes
iOS 1.0.10 [1] 2013-10-28 2013-10-30 iOS 7 & general UI updates
iOS 1.0.8 [2] 2013-08-21 major UI fixes
iOS 1.0.1 [3] 2013-04-23 initial store release
Android 1.0 (15) [4] 2013-10-23 40f22f782344a7c4c0a751079b3ffa05 bug fixes, nicer detail display
Android 1.0beta12 (13) [5] 2013-10-09 09841a91cc8387cb5da799099af01a59 bug fixes, license display
Android 1.0beta11 (12) [6] 2013-08-20 61ceef01cb470777105ee9751d322b44  ?
Android 1.0beta8 (9) [7] 2013-04-26 9a290d50d476286b291a1f3c20273f30 CHANGELOG
Android 1.0beta1 (1) [8] 2013-02-26 9bb40184698bf0d35021d0062e9f4590 CHANGELOG

Wikipedia[edit | edit source]

See CHANGELOG.

Platform Version Download App submitted In store MD5 Release notes
Android 1.3.4 (25) [9] 2013-01-22 2013-01-22 81e0fd6be48daf139ae8c9ecd705eb47 Privacy policy & terms of use links
Android 1.3.3 (24) [10] 2012-12-05 2012-12-05 3a451cf4d1c1a46aa9910cf1f2dd2051 Android 2.2 bugfix (fallback to HTTP)
Android 1.3.2 (23) [11] 2012-11-08 2012-11-08 f1aa0ec0af0a33a8b6c7c77623c133c4
Android 1.3.1 (22) [12] 2012-10-31 2012-10-31 90102c246e70af235a5ba545cf6fe2db
Android 1.3 (20) [13] 2012-10-30 2012-10-30 601629ab7a377b55d1baffe86b29b5e7
Android 1.2.1 (17) [14] 2012-06-18 2012-06-18 206d4aa29c0d41c67b502d856260a500
Android 1.2 (16) [15] 2012-06-15 2012-06-15 46961705c69c1f1e05132cc97b6a1526
Android 1.1.1 (11) [16] 2012-03-30 2012-03-30 e6cad64dcb3767238c34dc9caf52efbd
Android 1.1 (10) [17] 2012-03-26 2012-03-26 3f4086e4d79e307587df51c84ddd15b2
Android 1.0.3 (4) [18] 2012-01-31 2012-01-31 f7b885a291314df8783e7a892777b589
Android 1.0.2 (3) [19] 2012-01-23 2012-01-23 66adf5c9fbc75f60ae3396c8d286eab5
Android 1.0.1 (2) [20] 2012-01-22 2012-01-22 d9abdc07336253da2a55084297922da7
Android 1.0.0 (1) [21] 2012-01-13 2012-01-13 e63eea0b07b2d1aeacbfd0b6ba1b7a91
iOS 3.3.1 2013-04-??
  • localization updates
  • user-agent fix
iOS 3.3 2013-01-07
  • fixed landscape mode on iOS 6
  • fixed splash screen flash on iPhone 5
  • native Facebook sharing on iOS 6
iOS 3.2.2 2012-11-12 2012-11-19
  • Bugfix for facebook sharing
  • Store icon update
iOS 3.2.1 [22] 2012-10-24 e26acad8c6127a905006393a61d88a5d
  • support iPhone 5 screen
  • fix for loading saved pages on iOS 6
  • fix for duplicated references section
  • fix Twitter detection on iOS 6
iOS 3.2.0 2012-06-22 2012-07-06
iOS 3.1.2 [23] 2012-04-13 2012-04-17 14fc21702b4d19f313a1c455980257b3
iOS 3.1.1 2012-04-03 2012-04-06
iOS 3.1 2012-03-27 2012-04-05
Windows 8 7 / 1.0.0.29 [24] 2013-04-11 ... ed336346d56ca789ca26e7fe137bf3f2 Localization, crash fix, security improvements, find bar fixes
Windows 8 6 / 1.0.0.28 [25] 2012-10-14 2012-10-19 6962e7aedefe6b6c633212090ed147bd Localization, keyboard focus, hub UI improvements, selected text sharing
Windows 8 5 / 1.0.0.27 [26] 2012-09-30 12012-00-04 af507dcff3d11403d9834d4421661e5e Win8 RTM build, bug fixes, in-article find, share target for search.
Windows 8 4 2012-06-12 2012-06-12
Windows 8 3 2012-06-01 2012-06-01
BlackBerry PlayBook 1.3.3 [27] 2012-12-07 2012-12-12 1cfcdcd28ffb4aca3e87c4ada8c40ed5 Fix for missing article header section
BlackBerry PlayBook 1.1 2012-04-18 2012-04-18 Initial release
FireFox OS 1.0 2012-12-?? 2012-12-?? Bug fixes, JSONP, legal update
FireFox OS 1.0 2012-10-26 12012-01-08 Initial release

Wiktionary[edit | edit source]

Platform Version Download App submitted In store MD5 Release notes
Android 1.0 [28] 2012-06-19 2012-06-19 fa0cf14e1ba12ebb05c13d3559c18c4b

In design[edit | edit source]

Retired[edit | edit source]

Wiki Loves Monuments[edit | edit source]

Platform Version Download App submitted In store MD5 Release Notes
Android 1.2.5 (13) [29] 2012-09-24 2012-09-24 1e5079fd7fe124c56e972f208df626b8 * Bugfix for incorrect login to test wiki
Android 1.2.4 (12) [30] 2012-09-20 2012-09-20 ff2beb9bd4de7abd2077c515e671393b
Android 1.2.3-1 (11) [31] 2012-09-12 2012-09-12 ca0a89093135a21aaf1c5954f1d07096
Android 1.2.3 (10) [32] 2012-09-10 2012-09-10 17a0dfee69af802775d395c9ea514509
Android 1.2.2 (8) [33] 2012-09-05 2012-09-05 d7b3fda0ef217f3a6085dba8ec577ec3
Android 1.2.1 (7) [34] 2012-08-31 2012-08-31 ff351054304fdece2a8f3f03731dd4ed
Android 1.2 (6) [35] 2012-08-30 2012-08-31 c73926a478ed380740c1a71917fd4a95

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