Wikimedia mobile engineering
Mobile[edit | edit source]
Teams[edit | edit source]
- Mobile web works primarily on Mobile Frontend, a MediaWiki extension providing a mobile web front-end to MediaWiki sites including Wikipedia. The mobile interface of a Wikimedia project can be reached by visiting langcode.m.X.org (where X is the name of a Wikimedia project).
- Mobile Apps. The Mobile Apps team is currently working on native Wikipedia reading and editing apps for iOS and Android.
- Wikipedia Zero. This team partners with mobile carriers throughout the world to provide zero-rated Wikipedia (free of data charges) in developing areas.
Priorities[edit | edit source]
- Mobile support for other product work:
- Mobile first design: mobile web and apps represent both new contexts, and new sets of users where we can create new features from a mobile first perspective. These features will have simpler design - emphasizing easier and more structured workflows.
- Porting existing features to mobile: this includes reader facing, editor facing, and admin facing features that currently exist on the desktop site.
Projects[edit | edit source]
- Wikipedia Zero is an initiative of the Wikimedia Foundation to enable mobile access to Wikipedia free of data charges in developing countries. The objective of the program is to reduce barriers to accessing free knowledge—one of the largest barriers being cost of data usage. The Wikipedia Zero initiative is based on partnerships with mobile phone operators, whereby the operator agrees to deploy a version of Wikipedia in such a way that their users do not need to pay for data access. Follow the Wikimedia Q&A Page and the Wikipedia Zero blog for detailed information on the project. Follow our developments in this project, here.
- The Wikipedia S40 J2ME app is designed for use on features phones (primarily Nokia Series 40) that enables efficient reading of Wikipedia. Despite the fact that J2ME is a dying platform for mobile apps, it is still prevalent in many parts of the world on a wide variety of feature phones. Recent feedback from mobile operators in India, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa and South America indicate a high preference for a J2ME app over Android apps and browser-based experiences.
- Wikipedia Over SMS and USSD: This project aims at providing access to Wikipedia over SMS and USSD using an open source project called Vumi.
Other projects[edit | edit source]
|Open Street Map||OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world.||Status|
|Mobile support in MediaWiki core||Building native mobile device support in MediaWiki by porting critical components of Extension:MobileFrontend to core and building additional functionality as needed.||Status|
|Mobile default for sister projects||Migrating our sister projects to default to their own mobile interfaces.||Status|
Roadmaps[edit | edit source]
Get involved[edit | edit source]
Readers and editors[edit | edit source]
- Report any issues you encounter casually browsing to our feedback list.
- Become a Wikimedia beta tester and try out new features.
- Help us expand our currently set of tested browsers.
- Test the Wikimedia mobile projects in the languages you know and report any issues. This might be by helping us write browser tests, PHPUnit tests or QUnit tests.
- Help translate the mobile user interface and apps by volunteering at translatewiki.
- Promote the mobile projects among your friends and Wikimedia fellows through Twitter, Facebook and other social networking tools.
- Browse not only Wikipedia but our sister sites on mobile and send us feedback.
- Try the app for: iOS, Android, or BlackBerry.
- Check the App Catalog to find more mobile apps developed by third parties that rely on Wikimedia content.
- Help us brain storm what features you need most on mobile.
Developers[edit | edit source]
- If you receive any errors, report it on Phabricator.
- Go through the repositories at GitHub and Gerrit and try out the code.
- Report and fix bugs in our beta sites.
- Help us write automation tests.
- Join us at #wikimedia-mobile and get involved and talk about our current projects.
- Learn about Mobile Web coding conventions.
- Learn about and contribute to Mobile Reportcard.
Agile[edit | edit source]
The mobile team runs an agile ship.
Contact us[edit | edit source]
- Talk and discuss our current projects at .
- Follow us @WikimediaMobile on Twitter.
- Join the MediaWiki technical mailing list
- Follow the Wikimedia Tech Blog
List of projects[edit | edit source]
|Wikimedia Apps||Wikimedia Mobile Applications for iOS, Android, and new platforms||Team Dan Garry (Product Manager), Dmitry Brant, Bernd Sitzmann, Monte Hurd, Brion Vibber, Brian Gerstle, Corey Floyd, Vibha Bamba, Moiz Syed, Tomasz Finc, Adam Baso:|
In October, following on from the successful launch of Nearby on iOS in September, the Wikimedia Apps team released Nearby on Android as well. Nearby allows you to see articles about things that are near you, and read their articles to learn more about them. The team also released features that roll up disambiguation and page issues into a button underneath the page title, so that the content of the article is brought closer to the top of the article. We also released a refactor of the technical architecture of the app to bring the app closer to compliance with Google's standards for Android apps, which also brought a few minor UX improvements. On the iOS side, a bug fix build was released which improved the UI scaling on iPads, fixed a few minor issues with the table of contents, and fixed miscellaneous crashes. At the end of the month, a build was submitted to Apple which reworked the way the app retrieves information from the servers, which should increase the stability of the app and reduce crashes.
|Wikipedia Zero||Free and zero rated access to Wikipedia through our partners||Team Tomasz Finc (Director of Mobile, Engineering); Carolynne Schloeder (Director of Mobile, Programs), Dan Foy (Tech Manager), Yuri Astrakahn , Jeff Hobson:|
|Mobile web projects||Features and design work on the Wikimedia MobileFrontend mobile gateway||Team Maryana Pinchuk, Jon Robson, Juliusz Gonera, Ryan Kaldari, Max Semenik, Arthur Richards, Michelle Grover, Vibha Bamba, Moiz Syed, Kaity Hammerstein:|
This month the mobile team released the first reader test of WikiGrok for a sample of users and articles. Preliminary data is promising, with high engagement and quality coming from readers. In the coming months, we will continue testing the UI, begin aggregating responses and sending them to Wikidata, as well as start on i18n to release WikiGrok in more languages. Additionally, the team has started on a new project (codename Gather) intended to allow readers to remix and share Wikipedia content via mobile. We plan to release an initial pilot this quarter and assess engagement and quality of the content generated.
Inactive projects (completed, planned or on the backburner)
|Commons App||An iOS and Android app that allows you to upload media to Commons.||Team Tomasz Finc, Brion, Yuvi, Shankar:|
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