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iPhone Bible Update 2.1 Submitted to iTunes Store

Today we pushed a new update to the Apple iTunes Store for approval. Version 2.1 is really laying a great foundation for a huge release coming in just a few weeks…more about those details in a few days. Anyway, we wanted you to know about what is coming, and what you can expect to see in version 2.1.

What’s New In Version 2.1:

  • Optimized for iPhone OS 3.0
  • Nueva Version Internacional translation
  • Tweet verse now includes 140 characters of verse
  • Updated Live, improved details in emailing notes
  • Improved memory management
  • Fixed CUV translation issue

Hey and don’t forget, to keep up with the latest updates and news follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/youversion. Thank you so much for your continued support!

Aaron Keyes – What do you love about YouVersion?

We were thrilled to connect with Aaron Keyes and others during Catalyst and talk with them about why they love YouVersion.

If you need some new reasons to love YouVersion we’ve announced several this week!

To share why you love YouVersion head on over to our Facebook page and let us know!

New Spanish Bible Translation: Nueva Version Internacional

People who speak Spanish have a great new option for reading the Bible online and on the go. The Nueva Version Internacional is the latest addition to the growing list of translations on YouVersion. As the number of Hispanic YouVersion users continues to increase, we’re especially excited about launching the NVI.

You can find the new version on YouVersion.com, the mobile version of YouVersion, and every mobile Bible application that’s powered by YouVersion, including the Bible app for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry. We’re thankful to Biblica (formerly the International Bible Society) for their generosity in making the NVI available on YouVersion.

If you have Spanish-speaking friends or family, now is a great time to tell them about YouVersion and the addition of the NVI translation!

YouVersion for BlackBerry now in English, Portuguese, Spanish, German and French

YouVersion features Bible translations in 41 different versions and 21 languages, and now BlackBerry users around the world can enjoy new language options for the app itself. We’re extending the global reach for the Bible App to Portuguese, Spanish, German, and French, in addition to English. These languages are localized into the app, which means all the buttons, menus, and settings will be in the language you choose.

You can have access to these languages, as well as some important bug fixes and improved stability, by updating to version 2.04 inside the Bible app or by going to http://youversion.com/bb.

More than 990 million people worldwide are speaking these five languages, and we’re excited to see what God does as BlackBerry users in these areas have increased access to the Bible.

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YouVersion for Android Update!

Good news for all of our Android users, we’ve just pushed a YouVersion Bible update with plenty of new fixes. Here is a list of the updates in version 1.1:

  • HTC Tattoo support. QVGA Resolution (240 × 320)
  • Speed enhancements throughout the application.
  • The Bible app now scrolls to the proper verse when searching.
  • Updated the Profile Picture to match YouVersion.com
  • Many fixes to improve stability and reduce crashing of the app.

If you haven’t gotten the release check for updates on your Android device (in the status bar notifications) or go straight to http://youversion.com/download for the new update!

The Bible Lands on Droid!

Today is the highly expected launch of the Verizon Droid. It is the first device with Android 2.0 (Google’s mobile operating system), has a flip out Keyboard and has even been compared to Apple’s iPhone device by several bloggers (TechCrunch, Mashable, cnet).

Well as the new Droid launches we would also like to let everyone know that YouVersion Bible app is now available for mobile phones running Android! Just go to http://youversion.com/download and you will be directed from your Android phone to the free Bible app powered by YouVersion.

For those of you already using an Android device, or looking at making the change to Verizon’s Droid, what gets you most excited about the platform? Let us know over at http://facebook.com/youversion!

(The Bible for Android works on all Android devices such as the Hero from Sprint, the T-Mobile myTouch and CLIQ)

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YouVersion Now Available on Android!

We are excited to announce the debut of the YouVersion Bible App for the Android Mobile Phone…also know as the Google Phone. Users of the Android Mobile Phone can download it now for free from Google’s built-in App Store called Market Place. The Bible App, which is also available for Blackberry, iPhone, and web-enabled mobile phones, includes many of the features you’re familiar with from YouVersion.com, like the reader, search, daily reading, bookmarking, and user contributions. Here’s a quick look:

You can choose from 40 different translations and 21 languages in the Bible App. Now, the ease of use you’ve come to expect from YouVersion.com is at your fingertips on your Android Mobile phone. Explore Scripture, expand your perspective, and experience community—all for free—by downloading the Bible App today.

Updates Pushed to YouVersion.com

The Digerati Team has been working hard and we’ve just released some great new updates for YouVersion, especially for Live. Here is a quick list of the updates just pushed:

  • In YouVersion Groups you can now transfer Group Ownership from one account to another.
  • Users can now leave a Group they’ve joined.
  • Several fixes to search bugs when searching for Events
  • And we’ve continued to make the site simpler and easier to use in the new Groups and Events areas.

We also just released the second “Why do you Love YouVersion?” video on our Facebook Page, be sure to check it out and leave a comment!

Enjoy The Message Offline on Your iPhone

Like The Message translation of the Bible? Now you can read it offline in your Bible app for iPhone/iPod Touch. To get it, you’ll need to have version 2.0 of the Bible app, so go ahead and install it if you haven’t already. Once you do, here’s how to get the offline version:

  • Open the Bible app on your iPhone or iPod Touch (with a wifi connection) and go to the “More” tab.
  • Tap “Settings,” then “Offline Translations,” then scroll to find The Message in the list of available offline translations.
  • Once you’ve selected The Message, tap “Download.” The Message translation should begin downloading immediately. (You’ll see a bar showing you the progress of the download in real-time.)

Now that you have The Message downloaded to your device, you’ll be able to read the Bible anytime and anywhere as long as you have your downloaded translation selected. It’s perfect for when you’re in remote areas with no connection or on airplanes and subways while traveling.

We’d like to extend a special thanks to NavPress for allowing us to offer The Message as an offline translation. Their generosity shows their heart to increase access to the Bible for people around the world.

And don’t forget that several other translations are available offline as well, including the New Century Version, New King James Version, New English Translation, God’s Word Translation, and many more (including several other languages). Just follow the directions above, and you’ll see all your choices.

Thanks for using YouVersion to interact with the Bible!

Updates to YouVersion Groups, Events and Live

Yesterday the YouVersion Team pushed updates to the newly launched Groups and Live areas. For Groups you will now see easy links to go back in and edit your Events after you have set them up. You will also be able to access your Event Dashboard which is where you can view responses to Prayer Requests, Questions and the large screen display for your Polls. And in general you should be able to find your way around better in the Groups and Live areas.

There have also been a number of behind the scenes improvements to help speed up YouVersion and help it scale under all the heavy usage we’ve been getting, especially on Sunday mornings. We are excited for this update as the first of many that are on the way to continue to improve your experience with YouVersion.

Thank you to all the churches and groups that have already been so creative in using YouVersion Live for your events in your community. In fact we would love to see the creativity and innovation you are putting into your Events to share with others in the YouVersion community. You can send us the event link through a mention on Twitter to @YouVersion.

And if you haven’t seen it yet be sure to check out the first in a series of videos on “Why I Love YouVersion.”

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