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.

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On Thu, 10 Sep 2020 at 12:19, Runa Bhattacharjee <> wrote:
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 [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])


best regards,
Runa Bhattacharjee (she/her)
Director Engineering, Language and Inuka
Wikimedia Foundation

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