Unfortunately, neither Google nor Amazon supports paid apps in China, so a lot of nciku users won't be able to download the nciku dictionary in this way. But don't worry, because we've set up our own system that's only slightly more complicated. As long as you're a registered nciku user and have a PayPal or AliPay (支付宝 / Zhīfùbǎo) account, you can be up and running with the nciku Android app in minutes.
The first thing to do is to download the nciku Android dictionary and install it on your phone.
After you've installed the app, you'll see a screen that says you need to pay do download the dictionary data files. You can either pay on our website, by going to www.nciku.com/android, or on your phone by tapping the top blue link.
On the website, you have a choice between paying with PayPal or AliPay, while if you pay within the mobile application you can only use PayPal. If you're paying on the website, you need to copy the nciku Device ID from your application onto the appropriate box on the website, click "continue" to proceed, then press the "confirm" button after making sure the Device ID is correct.
After pressing this button, you will be taken to the PayPal or Zhifubao site in a new window to complete the transaction. After making the payment, close this window and click the "I have completed the payment process" link to complete the purchase.
Once the purchase has succeeded, you can close and re-start the nciku application on your phone. The application will automatically detect that your device is now authorized to download the data files, and you can start to use the nciku dictionary after installing these files from our server.
Yes - just install the application on your new phone and go to www.nciku.com/android in your web browser. Click the "Change my device ID" link at the top of the page, enter the new device ID into the form, and press "Change Device ID".
You can change the Device ID up to five times - if you need more than 5 changes, please get in touch with us and we can reset this counter. You can only use the nciku Android dictionary on one phone at a time, so please delete the dictionary from your old phone after changing the ID.
The nciku Android Dictionary lets you search through over 163,000 English and Chinese entries, plus over 95,000 matched examples, using Words, Meanings, Pinyin and Examples search modes.
The latest update (version 3.3) added automatic search for pinyin when there are no matching ‘words’ results, and vice versa (so you can see results for “nihao” without having to switch to pinyin mode), automatic search for selected text in your clipboard, split-screen view for tablet mode, Theme Words and Conversations sections, while the previous major update (version 3.0) added many new features:
In addition, the app still supports all the features of the previous version:
Like what you see? You can download the app today for $7.99 USD from the Android Market. If you're in China or another country where paid Android Market apps aren't available (or even if you're not), you can also buy the app through our website using Paypal or AliPay (支付宝 / Zhīfùbǎo).