[Wikimediaindia-l] New Wikipedia mobile app now available for KaiOS phones

Hi everyone,

There is now an additional way to browse Wikipedia in India! We are happy to confirm that the Wikipedia app is available on the top 3 mobile phone operating system platforms in India - Android, iOS and newly KaiOS, which is provided through Jiophones [1]. Jiophone users can download and install the Wikipedia app on the JioStore.

This first release is focused on how to make it easier to read Wikipedia on a phone that does not have a touch screen. The platform supports over 100 languages for reading, and we appreciate that volunteers have fully translated the Wikipedia app user interface into five Indian languages so far: Bangla, Gujarati, Hindi, Odia, and Punjabi. The app will continue to have updates and reach more countries over time.

If you (or someone you know) own a Jiophone, please give the app a try by downloading it from the JioStore. We would like to hear about your experience with it. Let us know about issues or bugs through the in-app feedback feature, through the project talk page [2], or through Phabricator [3].

To enable the app to reach readers in even more Indian languages, we would greatly appreciate additional translations of the user interface on Translatewiki.net [4].

To know more about the app and our work, and why we believe this project is so important to help us reach new users, you can see the main page for the app [5] and the Questions and Answers page [6]. We welcome your comments, suggestions, and feedback on the related talk page [2].

Lastly, please, do share this message on other venues of interest for community members in India.

Kind regards,

Angie Muigai, Lead Product Manager
Runa Bhattacharjee, Engineering Director
(on behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation Inuka team[7])

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jio#JioPhone
[2] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Talk:Wikipedia_for_KaiOS
[3] https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/maniphest/task/edit/form/1/?tags=kaios-wikipedia-app
[4] https://translatewiki.net/w/i.php?title=Special:MessageGroupStats&group=wikimedia-mobile-wikipedia-kaios-strings#sortable:3=desc
[5] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikipedia_for_KaiOS
[6] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikipedia_for_KaiOS/FAQ

[7] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Inuka_team

Hello Runa,

Hope my mail finds you in the best of health and spirit. This is Rajeeb, Wikimedian from Kolkata. I like to thank you for your informative email and like to volunteer in any capacity whatsoever.

Hoping to hear from you soon.

Namaste,

Rajeeb.

(U:Marajozkee).

In the spirit of openness and free-knowledge, is it possible

(1) To ensure that such apps are available on all platforms, whether large or small. The latter is especially important to ensure diversity and that smaller players are not pushed out of the market.

(2) To make it possible to work with Free and Open Source community volunteers who might be able and willing to make such apps more widely available, by releasing specifications to them?

(3) To seek feedback from the community about the kinds of apps that might make it easier to create, generate and share Wikipedia content? For instance, we badly need a less-complicated, low-bandwidth focussed Commons upload app that could help us tap the power of photography for Wikimedia Commons in our region.

Fredericknoronha

Hi Rajeeb,

Thanks for reaching out, and I hope this finds you in good health as well.

Right now it would be great for us to know from more people about their experience using the app. So, if you do have access to a KaiOS/Jiophone device, and are able to view the app, your feedback (first hand or from others users known to you) would be very helpful. Additionally, the UI messages for the Wikipedia KaiOS app need updates occasionally on translatewiki.net[1]. Do feel free to keep an eye out if that is of your interest.

best

Runa

[1] https://translatewiki.net/w/i.php?title=Special:MessageGroupStats&group=wikimedia-mobile-wikipedia-kaios-strings&showMessage

Hi Fred,

Hope you are well. Very nice to hear from you, and thank you for your comments. Please see responses to them in-line below:

In the spirit of openness and free-knowledge, is it possible

(1) To ensure that such apps are available on all platforms, whether large or small. The latter is especially important to ensure diversity and that smaller players are not pushed out of the market.

As you very rightly said, it is in our collective benefit to be able to support different platforms and widen the reach for openness and free-knowledge. There are ongoing initiatives within the Wikimedia Foundation’s product teams that do cover the most popular platforms, as well as support wider access to Wikimedia sites via mobile web browser. Which platforms do you think we should also be considering for extending additional coverage?

(2) To make it possible to work with Free and Open Source community volunteers who might be able and willing to make such apps more widely available, by releasing specifications to them?

Specifically for the KaiOS operating system, there is a developer platform that shares guidelines on how to develop apps[1]. To particularly contribute to this app, we do have detailed specifications and open tasks on the public issue-tracker[2] and git repository[3], which should be accessible to volunteer contributors. The developers on the team can provide guidance and reviews as needed, as they are currently the upstream maintainers of this app.

[1] https://developer.kaiostech.com/

[2] https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/project/view/4305/

[3] https://github.com/wikimedia/wikipedia-kaios

(3) To seek feedback from the community about the kinds of apps that might make it easier to create, generate and share Wikipedia content? For instance, we badly need a less-complicated, low-bandwidth focussed Commons upload app that could help us tap the power of photography for Wikimedia Commons in our region.

The Commons app has definitely come up several times over the years in wider conversations. There are ongoing on and off-wiki discussions that we regularly obtain feedback from, as well as periodic activities like the Community Wishlist Survey, and other research or usability studies. You can also drop feedback for our team particularly through the team talk page[4] or issue-tracker[5].

[4] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Talk:Inuka_team

[5] https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/project/view/4300/

Hope this is helpful.

best

Runa

Hi Fredericknoronha,

(3) To seek feedback from the community about the kinds of apps that might make it easier to create, generate and share Wikipedia content? For instance, we badly need a less-complicated, low-bandwidth focussed Commons upload app that could help us tap the power of photography for Wikimedia Commons in our region.

Just wanted to point out that a new limited connection mode[1] has
been introduced in the community maintained Commons app[2]. It hasn't
been released yet but it's planned to be part of the upcoming
release[3].

References
[1]: https://github.com/commons-app/apps-android-commons/issues/746
[2]: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Mobile_app
     https://commons-app.github.io/
[3]: https://github.com/commons-app/apps-android-commons/issues/3765