Wikipedia has become the latest entity to drop Google Maps for the open source offering OpenStreetMap.
Wikipedia using OSM for their mapping features makes a lot more sense because of the open source nature of both these platforms.
Wikipedia spoke about the switch from Google Maps to OpenStreetMap:
Previous versions of our application used Google Maps for the nearby view. This has now been replaced with OpenStreetMap – an open and free source of Map Data that has been referred to as ‘Wikipedia for Maps.’ This closely aligns with our goal of making knowledge available in a free and open manner to everyone. This also means we no longer have to use proprietary Google APIs in our code, which helps it run on the millions of cheap Android handsets that are purely open source and do not have the proprietary Google applications.
They have released a new app for the Apple iOS platform which is based on the same code that powers their Android app.
Features of the new iOS app:
Full text search
“Did you mean?” results
Saving pages for offline viewing
Share pages via Twitter, Facebook
Save pages to Read It Later
Read current page in other languages
Map integration to view nearby articles
View location of current article + nearby articles in a map
Set the default language
Navigation history features
The Android app has also been updated. Changelog:
Quick Search Bar integration
Open Wikipedia URLs from any application using the Wikipedia app
Full Text Search and ‘Did you Mean?’ correction support
A much better tablet interface
App can be moved to SD Card