Wikipedia for Android says goodbye to Google Maps

The next time you use the Wikipedia app on your Android device, you might be getting map data from OpenStreetMap instead of Google Maps. The application was updated last week to fix a bug and also to drop Google Maps. Instead of using Google Maps for map data in the app, Wikipedia is moving to OpenStreetMap, an open source mapping project (think of it as the Wikipedia of maps).

In their blog, Wikipedia states that the move aligns with their goal of making knowledge available in a free and open manner to everyone, and that it will help the app run on the millions of Android devices that are purely open source and do not have proprietary Google applications.

The removal of Google Maps comes after Google imposed API limits on its Maps API. So far, Apple FourSquare, and Microsoft have all moved to OpenStreetMap.

So, if you haven’t already, head over to the Google Play store and download the updated Wikipedia app today!

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via The Verge