WordWeb Software is regarded highly among Windows, Mac and iOS users for the comprehensive English dictionary and thesaurus tool that it offers to each platform. While the official iOS client has been around in the iTunes App Store for quite some time, the Android variant has just been rolled out into the Android Market. The mobile client of WordWeb Dictionary lets users view definitions for both words and phrases, complete with examples of usage, pronunciation, synonyms, sentence structures, and related words online as well as offline.
Other salient features of the dictionary include easy navigation between words in an alphabetical order, pattern-based search (exclusive feature), real-time search suggestions, help for frequently confused terms, bookmarking favorite words, random word meaning, integrated support for browsing Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Answers.com and Google for further references, advanced search filtering and lots more.
Another good thing about the app is that users can add or remove preferred information resources as required.
The app, when launched for the first time, prompts you to download an additional 27MB of data from over the internet. Once that’s done, you’re taken to the app’s homescreen, which is split into a couple of tabs, namely, Look Up and Search.
Look Up is from where you can start searching for words. For each searched term, the app displays relevant matches as well as suggestions for rhyming word(s). From the thesaurus page of any particular word, you can jump to the preceding and/or following word in the list simply by swiping left or right across the screen. Tapping Menu while viewing a word’s definition lets you add it to bookmarks, jump directly to the Bookmarks screen, get a Random Word or a Random Common Word suggestion.
The Search tab provides you access to the aforementioned pattern-based search feature of the app. Using said feature, you can provide a string of alphabets with a few missing elements in between, and let the app suggest all the terms matching the provided pattern. Using various tabs at the bottom, you can specify whether the term you’re looking for should be a noun, verb, adjective, adverb or Other. The buttons at the bottom let you specify whether you want the missing components to be replaced by a vowel or consonant.
From the app’s settings screen (Menu > Settings), you can disable whatever you don’t want to see in search results (for example, you can choose to exclude synonyms and antonyms).
All in all, seems like Android users have found an able alternative to the likes of Merriam Webster Dictionary and Dictionary.com.
Note: During our test run, the app seemed to have some compatibility issues with CyanogenMod 7 custom ROM, where it continuously kept prompting us to re-download the required additional data from the server every time it was launched. However, on a Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.0.2, and an HTC Desire running Gingerbread MIUI, it worked like a charm.