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Local Points Of Interest In Wikipedia

Application Name: Wikipedia Places Free

Description: Lists Wikipedia entries near your current location.

Publisher’s website: 2-3

Cost: Free ad supported version; $2 paid version removes ads.

Version/date reviewed: v.1.11  /  4-1-11

Phone/OS: Droid X / Android 2.2

Android Market (mobile app only)
Android Market (browser)


Straightforward app – gets you GPS location, and lists any nearby locations geotagged in Wikipedia. Tap on a list item …



… and go to the mobile browser view of that page; your phone’s Back button will take you back to the app.


Clicking on the “map icon” next to a listing brings you to a map view of that location; you can select any supported and installed  app (Google Maps here, but works with Bing, Mapquest, Locus, etc.). It’s accurate, but some kind of more-visible placemark would be useful.

Other issues: Lots of nags to upgrade to the ad-free version, but if you use it enough to be bothered by those, you really should upgrade.

Final thoughts: Other apps show Wikipedia locations as small icons on a map, that can be hard to tap accurately; this list approach definitely has advantages.

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1 Response to “Local Points Of Interest In Wikipedia”

  1. 1 Eamon

    This application has been updated to allow you to choose the location of interest. The app also now displays markers at the points of interest and has no nags.