If you haven’t noticed it already, you might soon see your icon for the Bible App just a little…differently. That’s because the next time a new update is available for your app, you’ll get our updated icon. Of course, YouVersion is still the same Bible App you know and, we hope, love.
Because of platform differences (like BlackBerry vs. say, iPad) our icons evolved slightly differently in different places. However, with the Bible App’s growing momentum, we thought it was perfect timing to unify the icon across all platforms.
Some people have asked why we didn’t go with a YouVersion icon. The answer is simple: to help people focus on the Bible instead of a brand. We wanted people to easily recognize the Bible when they see it in the app store and, more importantly, on their phone.
So, in the coming weeks and months, wherever you experience YouVersion—whether iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7, webOS, or even in Facebook — you’ll see the new Bible App logo. It’s one small tweak that we hope will help even more people open up God’s Word.
Here in the U.S., on the fourth Thursday of each November, we celebrate a national holiday called Thanksgiving Day. Historically, Thanksgiving was considered a religious holiday for people to express gratitude and appreciation to God for providing them with a bountiful harvest season. Today, all of us at YouVersion would like to take just a moment to share with you some of the things we’re thankful for:
Our partners, publishers, and donors. Many dedicated people have committed time and resources to join us in fulfilling our vision: making the Bible available to as many people as possible, and helping them connect with it. We couldn’t do that without these people and organizations.
Our users, and especially our volunteers. YouVersion is for you. And your feedback and passion have propelled the Bible App even further in helping people fall in love with God’s Word. Thanks especially to those of you who have devoted your time, your energy, and your abilities to helping us make it all work. There’s no way we could cover the ground we do without you.
This time that we live in. We’re convinced that this period in human history offers us opportunities unlike any this planet has ever seen: connection, interaction, and genuine global community. We believe that technology—whether we’re talking computers, communication, travel, whatever—makes it possible that we could actually see the Great Commission fulfilled in our lifetime.
A God who truly loves us. God has given us the opportunity to know Him and to hear His voice, especially when He speaks to us through His Word. We love the Bible because we love Him. And we’re deeply thankful to Him for the community He has brought to YouVersion—especially you!
The Committee on Bible Translation (CBT) recently completed their update to the New International Version (NIV), and we’re pleased to announce that The Bible App will have it soon. Thanks to our partnership with Biblica, worldwide publisher and copyright holder of the NIV, the updated NIV will be available on your mobile device through YouVersion! Starting December 1, you will see the updated NIV display in the list of Bible versions as “NIV © 2010.” Additionally, you will see the NIV 1984 © 1984 and TNIV © 2005. You can visit the CBT’s website or www.biblica.com to learn more about their work on this popular translation.
As always, The Bible App (and every translation you can find there) are free. All you need to do is download YouVersion to your iPhone, iPad, Android, or Blackberry. You can also point your browser directly to YouVersion.com, or to our newest platform: inside Facebook.
Frequently, we hear from users who let us know how YouVersion and the Bible App have helped them engage with the Bible. This week, we’ll be sharing some of those stories with you. Today’s is from a Youth Pastor who used the Bible App to read through the Bible—in just 90 days!—with one of her students.
At YouVersion, we love The Bible. That’s why we developed The Bible App. It’s amazing how God can speak to us through His Word when we begin to make it a part of our everyday lives.
We’re passionate about The Bible App, but we’re passionate about it because we’re passionate about The Bible. Of course, YouVersion is just one way you can engage with God’s Word. We’re grateful to live in such an amazing time, when so many passionate people are building great tools and resources around the Bible. You can find so many great mobile applications or websites that will help you read and study The Bible. Several of them make a great complement to The Bible App. We want to make sure you know about as many of these as possible. So we’ve added a page to YouVersion.com where we can highlight for you some of the great options that you have available.
While we’d love for you to try The Bible App (which is completely free), most of all, we just want to help you connect with the Bible. Happy reading!
Wow, it’s been quite a week for the YouVersion community! Our announcement that you’ve downloaded the Bible App on more than 10 million devices made a big splash with major headlines—here are just a few:
- VentureBeat – God Comes to the Smartphone
- GigaOM – What if the Apostles Developed an iPhone App?
- New York Times – God Comes to the Smartphone: Bible App YouVersion Grabs 10M Users
- Christian Post – YouVersion Bible App Users Grow to 10.7 Million
- Christian Today – Bible app users challenged to spend 1 billion minutes reading the Bible
Then, so many of you showed up at the YouVersion Webcast that we were a trending topic in the U.S. on Twitter! If you missed it, you can catch the webcast in this post.
And in case you haven’t had a chance to get a good look at it yet, we wanted to share an infographic that gives you a little more insight into the 3.5+ billion minutes you’ve spent engaging with the Bible on YouVersion. (view below)
Thanks a million (or make that 10+ million) for all you’re doing to creatively use and share the Bible App. We can’t wait to see how God works through you in this next season to help more and more people fall in love with His word.
Yesterday was a blast! We were honored to have thousands of people watching the webcast together (actual viewership stats coming soon) and excited to see the hashtag for the event (#yvwebcast) become a trending topic in the US. Our Facebook page was lighting up as well.
During the webcast you heard about several opportunities for you to be involved in what Bobby calls “a revolution of Bible engagement” around the world. Here’s a recap of those opportunities:
- 1 Billion Minutes: How You Can Take Part
- Become a YouVersion Volunteer. (We have volunteer roles for everyone, from assisting with customer support to helping build mobile apps and everything in between.)
- Spread the word on Facebook or Twitter, send an email to your friends and family, or tell a stranger in the grocery line.
Thanks to everyone who spent time with us yesterday and to all of you who shared about the event with your friends. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21