July 7, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka
Wikipedia has optimized its English and German websites for viewing on mobile devices, including Android handsets. The mobile version of the user-edited encyclopedia now loads faster and formats content in a way that is more suitable for viewing on an HTC Dream or HTC Magic Android phone. While both phones were capable of displaying Wikipedia in full-web browsing, it required a bit of scrolling to read the articles based on the design format. That should no longer be an issue with the release of the mobile website.
Opening Wikipedia article links on Android will now automatically re-direct users to Wikipedia Mobile formatted articles. People who actually prefer the full version or wish to edit articles can disable the feature by clicking the “View this page on main Wikipedia” link in each article. Wikimedia is working to do the same for versions of the website in languages other than English and German.
I have used the Quickpedia and Wapedia apps to deal with reading Wikipedia articles. Both have been great solutions and I may still use them depending on how well the mobile Wiki website performs for me. If the mobile experience proves to be faster and can conserve space, I’ll make a permanent switch.
Here’s a min-gallery showing Wikipedia Mobile. Click on thumbnails for larger sizes and captions explaining the new site.