[talk-ph] Wikipedia mobile app now uses OSM

Noli Sicad nsicad at gmail.com
Fri Apr 6 22:52:32 BST 2012

Yes, Wikipedia mobile app uses Leaflet and PhoneGap. PhoneGap
addresses fragmented mobile OSes for mobile devices.

Google is funny. It is blocking Openlayers apps that uses Google Maps
as data source. It pops up a modal dialog - "Map Data". I observed it
in my mobile prototype apps lately.

Moving away from Openlayers and Google Maps and I am using Leaflet now
with jQTouch + a bit of PhoneGap. However, QuickConnect is superior
compare to PhoneGap.


On 4/7/12, Eugene Alvin Villar <seav80 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> The Wikimedia Foundation has just released new versions of their
> Wikipedia app for iOS and Android. One big change to the app is that
> they have switched to using OpenStreetMap (using the MapQuest Open
> tileset served via Leaflet, but Wikimedia plans to use its own tiles
> in the future) instead of Google Maps. Blog post here:
> http://blog.wikimedia.org/2012/04/05/new-wikipedia-app-for-ios-and-an-update-for-our-android-app/
> This switch is not for economic reasons (since Google currently does
> not charge app developers for Google Maps for mobile), but for
> idealogical reasons (Wikipedia is about open data/knowledge after
> all), and also since the map feature can now be viewed on more Android
> phones especially those that do not have Google Maps Mobile built in.
> 2012 is looking to be the year of OpenStreetMap. :)
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