Version 3.5 Update: Enhanced Study Tools for Bible App for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

The newest release of the Bible App™ for iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) has all-new additions like inline study tools, as well as helpful upgrades like more robust search, more information connecting with Facebook, and Technical Support at your fingertips. In addition, we addressed several functional issues that you, the YouVersion community, reported to us.

  • Study and Translation Notes. Wherever translation and study notes are available, you can view them directly within the context of the passages they refer to. (You can turn them off just as easily.) Check out Psalm 119 in the New Living Translation (NLT) or in the King James Version (KJV) to see examples.
  • Improved Search. When you search the Bible, now you can limit where you’re looking. For example, you can search in just the Old or New Testament, in a range of books, or even within a single book! You can also sort your results—such as displaying them in book order—making it easier to quickly find what you’re looking for. (For now, enhanced search is available only on iPhone and iPod touch.)
  • Facebook Signup. You could already quickly sign up for your free YouVersion account using Facebook. But now, this handy feature displays even more useful information—even your Facebook profile picture!
  • Help. Another step in making Technical Support always-on, always available, we added direct access to Help straight from the Dashboard Launcher.

Inline Study Notes in the Bible App™ for iOS v. 3.5  Powerful New Search in the Bible App™ for iOS v. 3.5  Help on the Dashboard Launcher in the Bible App™ for iOS v. 3.5

Of course, we try to take advantage of every release to repair known bugs and to tweak the Bible App’s performance. You can update your Bible App to version 3.5, available right now in the iTunes App Store. Simply follow the instructions below to get yours.

Tell your friends! If you haven’t talked to your friends about the Bible App, a new update like this can be a great conversation starter. You can show them your favorite new features on your device, then maybe even offer to help them install it on theirs. Sharing is fun! Come let your friends in the YouVersion community on Facebook and Twitter know what you’re reading, and how God’s Word is speaking to you.


Get Your Update Now:

If you already have the Bible App installed:

  1. On your Apple device, tap the App Store icon.
  2. When the App Store opens, tap the Updates icon.
  3. Tap Update for the Bible App.
    OR
    Tap Update All.

If this is your first time installing the Bible App:

  1. On your Apple device, tap the App Store icon.
  2. When the App Store opens, tap the Search icon.
  3. Search for “Bible”.
  4. Tap the Bible App from LifeChurch.tv.
  5. Tap the FREE button.

Portuguese on YouVersion: 3 New Audio Bibles from Publishers, Translation from Volunteers

YouVersion’s vision is simple and straightforward: Helping people freely, easily engage with the Bible and connect with each other. And of course, hearing the Word of God read aloud in your native language can build your faith like nothing else. Generous publishers partner with our community to provide high-quality audio and print Bible translations. And people just like you graciously offer their gifts and abilities to help reach others through interface and website translation and other tasks. We’re blessed to have the unique, world-changing opportunity to serve alongside you.

Bible Publishers

YouVersion is privileged to be able to offer, for the first time, each of these popular “plain language” Português Bibles in audio form. (They’re also available in print):

  • Tradução na Linguagem de Hoje (NTLH). The Brazilian Bible Society spent 12 years developing the NTLH, working diligently to keep its meaning as close to the original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek as possible. The NTLH was designed specifically for readability, targeted at people who have not had the opportunity for so-called “classical” training in the Scriptures.
  • Tradução Revista e Corrigida de João Ferreira de Almeida (ARC). Also from the Brazilian Bible Society, the ARC was first published in two volumes in 1748 and 1753. A translation of the King James Version of the Bible into Portuguese, the ARC is considered a milestone because it was the first time the entire new New Testament was available in this beautiful language.
  • Nova Versão Internacional. The NVI is one of the most recent translations of the Bible into Portuguese. Provided by Biblica, the NVI adheres to more modern sensibilities for Scriptural translation, taking into account not only faithfulness to the original sources, but balancing that with clarity while also maintaining the beauty inherent in the language.

But that’s not all! YouVersion offers additional excellent print translations like the Tradução Brasileira (A Brazilian Translation), 2nd edition (TB) and the Brazilian Portuguese New Testament (WBPT).

Volunteers

Obviously, good Bible translations in a specific language are pivotal for helping YouVersion offer God’s Word to speakers of that language—and audio versions are the icing on the cake. But YouVersion is more than just Bibles. Even the best Bible App is still difficult to use if its audience can’t read its menus and controls. And that’s where YouVersion’s world-changing volunteers come in. People from literally all around the world—people just like you—generously offer their language skills to help others experience the story of God’s love. And the need for Portuguese speakers and translators never ends. YouVersion is constantly updating the Bible App on its many platforms to continue making it easier to use. Our community can use all the help it can get responding to user requests for assistance and technical support, whether that comes through email, Facebook, or Twitter. If you can help, please let us know.

But don’t just take our word for it. Read what some of our incredible Portuguese language volunteers have to say about what it’s meant to them to reach out and support their YouVersion community:

Brazilian Portuguese Language Volunteer Alessandra M.

“There’s nothing better than feeling God’s presence. To read about His love for us through the history of Christ is certainly the best way to do this. Being part of YouVersion.com and The Bible App translation team is a blessing because I know that every day more and more people will have easy access to the Bible in their own language. YouVersion is an excellent tool to strengthen your faith, no matter what language you speak or where you are!”
—Alessandra M., Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil

 

Brazilian Portuguese Language Volunteer Marcelo C.

“It is wonderful to feel the presence of God as alive as our God, experiencing the love of Jesus in our lives and His saving work. And the only way to know all these promises for our lives is knowing God’s Word. For this reason it has been so gratifying to be part of the YouVersion translators team. The more I work, the more I read the Bible and the more I feel God’s presence. And YouVersion’s Bible App lets us do it anywhere, reading or listening to God’s Word while doing any activity! God be praised!”
—Marcelo C., Limeira, São Paulo, Brazil

 

Brazilian Portuguese Language Volunteer Eric S.

“When I discovered this awesome application, I had no doubt that I would use it and show it to my friends. I quickly realized it wasn’t available in Portuguese yet, but I saw that I could volunteer! The fact that I can help this great application reach and bless many other people in my language is enough to feel great and satisfied!”
—Eric S., Limeira, Brazil

YouVersion for Brazilian Portuguese Speakers—No Matter Where You Live

Bible App­­™ Icon and Portuguese Flag Over World MapTo speakers and readers of Brazilian Portuguese, no matter where in the world you choose to call home, the YouVersion community is happy to welcome you to the Bible App™ and to YouVersion.com. Partnerships with generous publishers of Bibles in Português now make it possible for our community to steadily add popular versions in Português like ARC Tradução Revista e Corrigida de João Ferreira de Almeida, as well as easy-reading translations NTLH Tradução na Linguagem de Hoje and NVI-POR Nova Versão Internacional.

But Bibles are just one aspect of the YouVersion experience. YouVersion’s community of awesome volunteers work hard to continually bring Português speakers improved versions of everything YouVersion has to offer, entirely in their own language. More than just menus and buttons, this includes email exchanges, conversations on social networks like Facebook and Twitter, reading plans, and full technical support.

  • Brazilian Portuguese Speakers in Brazil. Speakers and readers of Brazilian Portuguese represent the potential to contribute to the YouVersion community in a truly dramatic way. The World Factbook reports that Brazil (also known as the Federative Republic of Brazil) is the fifth most populous nation in the world, home to more than 200 million people. And according to Wikipedia, most Brazilians speak and write in Brazilian Portuguese, a language all its own, unique from European Portuguese by as many as 15% of its words.
  • Brazilian Portuguese Speakers elsewhere. While the majority of people who count themselves as Brazilian Portuguese live in Brazil, of course millions more also live abroad, in places as far-flung as the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Paraguay and of course, even Portugal.

Fortunately, no matter where you live, the Bible App is as close as your mobile device. It runs on all major platforms, ready to bring you full access to all its Bible engagement tools in Português the moment it completes downloading.

We’re thrilled to formally welcome all of our Brazilian Portuguese speaking friends into our ever-growing global YouVersion family. We look forward to hearing your stories about all the ways God is using our worldwide YouVersion community to reach more people than ever before with the life-changing story of His love.

The Entire YouVersion Experience: Now in Brazilian Portuguese

The Bible App™ Now in Brazilian PortuguêsFor the first time, now you can participate with the YouVersion community and use the Bible App™ entirely in Brazilian Portuguese! If you follow language developments at YouVersion, then you may remember that Português has already been offered at YouVersion.com for some time now. But what we’re announcing today is so much more than that. With the official launch of Brazilian Portuguese across YouVersion, now every way you can connect with YouVersion—whether you’re participating in community or using tools to engage with the Bible—you can do so entirely in Português! Brazilian Portuguese is our eighth complete language, after English, Norwegian, Spanish, both Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Russian and, most recently, Korean.

But what does all of this mean to you? Well, specifically, here are all the ways you can now connect with God’s Word in Brazilian Portuguese:

  • Great Português Bibles. Publishing partners generously provide the YouVersion community with many high quality, widely read Português versions of the Bible. (For the full list, look for Português on the Versions page or, in the Bible App, select the Bible version you’re already using to see a list of alternatives, including several excellent Português ones.)
  • Entire User Interface. YouVersion’s incredible community of volunteers continues to change the world. Thanks to their efforts, now when you select Português as your default language, whether you’re at YouVersion.com or using the Bible App on your mobile device—iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android, or BlackBerry—all of the controls and menu options display for you in Português.
  • Communication in Brazilian Portuguese. You’ll find blog posts relevant to you in Português, courtesy of translation by YouVersion volunteers. And if you send us an email in Português, or post a question on Facebook or Twitter in Português, Português-speaking volunteers will respond to you—in Português!
  • Support in Brazilian Portuguese. For the first time, now you can even get help with the Bible App and YouVersion.com in Português. Check the Português version of our all-new Tech Support site for details. Ask your questions in Português, and Português-speaking volunteers trained in YouVersion support will gladly assist you.

YouVersion’s simple vision is to help people connect easily with God’s Word, for free, no matter where you live or what language you speak. If you have friends whose heart language is Português, please share this great news about YouVersion.com and the Bible App with them. And be sure to come visit with us on Facebook and Twitter. We love hearing what YouVersion means to you!

Keep checking back… If you’re a Brazilian Portuguese speaker just joining us: Welcome to your YouVersion family. We’re thrilled you’re here! Right here on our blog, we’ll be sharing more about this exciting Brazilian Portuguese launch in the coming days. We can’t wait to show you all that your new community has to offer you!

Addressing an Issue in the Bible App for BlackBerry

Do you use the Bible App for BlackBerry? If so we want to give you a heads up about a problem that is popping up for a small segment of our BlackBerry community.

We’re very sorry for the frustration some of you have experienced with an unstable app. We have been battling a tricky error that causes the app to freeze for some people, but not for everyone. This bug has been challenging to find, but it appears to be related to how we have integrated BlackBerry Messenger into the Bible App.

To get this fixed, we are pushing as hard as we can to get a new release out to you. This new release will not have the BBM integration, but there is a lot to look forward to: highlights, improved bookmarking, and a few other speed enhancements that should really improve your experience within the app. We look to bring back BBM integration as soon as we are able to solve these issues.

We are finishing up the app and will be testing it rigorously before it gets submitted to RIM for approval. That means the new build with improved features should be in your hand in about two weeks. That really does seem like a long time given how long you’ve had to wait, but it is 100% necessary to give everyone the stable release you’ve been waiting for.

Again, our apologies for the problems you’ve encountered in using the Bible App for BlackBerry. Thank you for your patience and for working with us to troubleshoot the issue. We¹ll keep you informed as much as possible and we’ll certainly have a post here on the blog when the new update is available!

Bible App for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch: New Features Debut, Others Improved

Version 3.4 of the Bible App™ for iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) introduces some exciting, brand new features, as well as enhancements to existing tools. You can update yours right now in the iTunes App Store! (You can learn how at the end of this post.)

All-New Features:

  • When you’re listening to audio Bibles, now volume control displays on the screen, right where you’re already listening. We’ve also added a button for AirPlay, which lets you listen through speakers you’ve set up on your wireless network. (AirPlay requires Apple TV.)
  • For the first time ever, if you’ve downloaded offline Bibles to your iOS device, the Bible App lets you know when one of them has been updated. So now you can always maintain the most current version of every translation—even in those times you don’t have access to the Internet.
  • The Bible App now takes advantage of Apple’s great built-in VoiceOver features, using sounds to make it easier for visually impaired people to engage with Scripture.

Updates:

  • YouVersion Live is easier than ever, with an updated interface designed specifically to help you quickly find Live events close to where you are.
  • The Bible App’s connection to Twitter is streamlined, making it even easier for you to connect your free YouVersion account to share with your social media followers.
  • Each time YouVersion introduces a new update, we try to take that opportunity to bundle standard bug fixes and performance enhancements to save you time.

Onscreen Audio Controls in the Bible App™ Offline Version Updates in the Bible App™ Updated YouVersion Live Interface in the Bible App™
Please help us get the word out. If you have friends with Apple devices, a new release of the Bible App represents a great opportunity to share YouVersion with them. Please consider helping friends new to iOS install the Bible App from the iTunes App Store. And remember: The YouVersion community on Facebook and Twitter loves hearing your stories about spreading the Bible App!


Get Your Update Now:

If you already have the Bible App installed:

  1. On your Apple device, tap the App Store icon.
  2. When the App Store opens, tap the Updates icon.
  3. Tap Update for the Bible App.
    OR
    Tap Update All.

If this is your first time installing the Bible App:

  1. On your Apple device, tap the App Store icon.
  2. When the App Store opens, tap the Search icon.
  3. Search for “Bible”.
  4. Tap the Bible App from LifeChurch.tv.
  5. Tap the FREE button.

Volunteers and Publishers Help Build YouVersion’s Thriving Korean Community

YouVersion’s simple mission remains the same: To make it as easy as possible for people to engage with the Bible and to connect with each other, no matter where they live or what language they prefer. We’re thankful to team up with people around the globe who share this goal.

Publishers. Through partnerships with key Bible publishers, YouVersion is thrilled to announce the immediate availability of these great Bibles in Korean:

Volunteers. The YouVersion community is literally worldwide, made possible only by volunteers who graciously offer their time and talents, whether from the United States, South Korea, Canada… or wherever you are. Volunteers are ordinary people—people just like you—who want to help others experience God’s Word in the same personal, meaningful ways that they have themselves. And it’s easier than you may think; if you can help us translate new features and services—whether into Korean or other languages—you can make a difference. Please get in touch with us through our volunteer sign-up form and let us know how you can help.

Volunteering with YouVersion offers you the unique opportunity to impact millions of other people with the story of God’s love. Read what just a few of our amazing Korean language volunteers have to say about their experiences working on the Bible App™:

Korean Language Volunteer Ingu from Gilbert, Arizona, USA

“As I had been richly blessed by the Words of God and the free Bible App from YouVersion, I felt that I should let those blessings flow to others. I wanted to practice the principle of ‘Freely you have received, freely give,’ so I decided to volunteer using the natural talent the Lord freely gave me—my mother tongue! I was enjoying working on the Korean project so much that eventually I realized I was no longer giving freely: the Lord has blessed me back much more in getting to be a part of the YouVersion team, with such great people!”
—Ingu in Gilbert, Arizona, USA

 

Korean Language Volunteer Jason P. from Missisauga, Ontario, Canada

“The Bible App from YouVersion was the first Bible app I put on my iPad. I found the Korean version wasn’t perfect. I also noticed that YouVersion was asking for volunteers to help translate it better. I used to work developing software, and I had been pursuing the Words of God during the last twenty years in church in Korea and in Canada, so when I realized I could probably help with the Bible App, I decided to volunteer. What we’re doing together now is so much more than just translating—we’re answering God’s calling to expand His church.”
—Jason P. (박영호) in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

 

“I am grateful and honored to have the opportunity to get to work together with many other Christians on the Bible App—most of whom I have never met. The intentions we share, together with the strong (yet humble) leadership from YouVersion, makes our important work run smoothly. I truly believe that the Bible App from YouVersion is the best app, both in functionality and content (of course!). I am so happy to be able to tell my children that I got to participate in this great ministry, no matter how small a part I may get to play.”
—Sung (성희) in Denver, Colorado, USA

YouVersion for Readers and Speakers of Korean Around the World

Now, for the first time, the Bible App™ and YouVersion.com both offer the opportunity for literally tens of millions of native Korean speakers and readers the world over to connect both with the Bible and with the global YouVersion community. As YouVersion’s gracious publishing partners continue to provide additional Bibles in several languages, we’re now thrilled to be able to offer you such popular, easy-to-understand Korean versions as 개역한글, 새번역, and 현대인의 성경

Of course, the YouVersion experience is much more than Bibles. Our amazing volunteers are literally changing the world, working together to provide Korean speakers with all that YouVersion has to offer. This comprehensive set of tools is designed to help Korean speakers engage with God’s Word as easily as possible—entirely in their own language—including menus, email exchanges, conversations on social networks like Facebook and Twitter, reading plans—and even technical support!

Korean readers were already one of YouVersion’s largest, most active segments, with an average of 150,000 people a month installing the Korean version of the Bible App onto their devices. And with the announcement now of our complete Korean launch, we only expect that number to grow.

Koreans in North and South Korea. Koreans represent a huge, ever-growing segment of the overall YouVersion community. Wikipedia says that Korean is the official language of both North and South Korea, encompassing about 78 million speakers worldwide. And according to The World Factbook, South Korea (known officially as the Republic of Korea) is the 26th most populous nation in the world, home to just under 49 million people. North Korea is 48th, claiming about 24 and a half million people.

Koreans Elsewhere. Of course, Koreans don’t live only in South and North Korea. Another Wikipedia article estimates that an additional 7 million Koreans live outside the two Koreas, with some of the largest concentrations settling in China (2.3 million), the United States (2.1 million), and Japan (just under 1 million). The remaining number are dispersed literally all over the world.

If you speak or read Korean, the YouVersion community is excited to officially welcome you into our global community of brothers and sisters. We’d love to connect with you. It’s our sincere desire to see the life-changing story of God’s love reach more people than ever before—no matter what language you speak, or where you live.

All-New Bible App for Windows Phone!

For this release of the Bible App™ for Windows Phone—Version 2.0—we wanted to give you the best app experience possible. And we decided the best way to do that was to rewrite it from the ground up! So the Bible App for Windows Phone is all-new, ready for you right now at Windows Marketplace for Mobile. The Bible App’s functionality on Windows Phone now much more closely matches that of our other major platforms, including several practical improvements, like these:

  • Dashboard - The brand new Dashboard Launcher gives you instant access to the features you use most.
  • Search - Jump quickly to verses or passages based on keywords you enter.
  • Settings - When you sign in to the Bible App with your free YouVersion account, this update now lets you personalize how you use it, and it remembers your unique settings between uses.
  • Bible Reader - The Bible Reader keeps track of where you left off, returning you when you come back to the last version, book, and chapter you were reading. And it’s all-new, cleaner and faster loading, designed to make it comfortable for you to read for long periods, in any conditions.
  • Bookmarks - Bookmarks are a great way you can label verses—as many as you want—whether you want to share passages with friends, or simply to jump quickly to your own favorites.
  • Bible Plans - Take full advantage of the more than 150 Bible plans YouVersion has to offer, in 10 languages (so far). Bible plans make it easy for you to read the Bible on a schedule, just a little each day.

Get your update to the Bible App for Windows Phone now, and be sure to let us know on Facebook and Twitter what you think!

Announcing YouVersion.com and the Bible App—Completely in Korean

Now you can experience both YouVersion.com and the Bible App™ entirely in Korean! While we’ve offered Korean as a language option at YouVersion.com for months, today’s announcement covers more territory. When the YouVersion community formally launches an additional language, what that means is that every single interaction you can have with YouVersion’s tools and community is now available completely in that language. Korean is our sixth total language launch. (English was first, followed by Norwegian, Spanish, Chinese, and most recently, Russian.)

Specifically, here are all the ways that the YouVersion community (that’s you!) can now engage with God’s Word in Korean:

  • Great Korean Bibles. YouVersion’s partners have graciously provided our community with high quality, widely read Korean versions of the Bible, versions like 현대인의 성경, 개역한글, and 새번역. (To pick one, check 한국어 near the bottom of the Versions page or, in the Bible App, click to change your current version and scroll to see the available Korean versions.)
  • Entire User Interface. Thanks once again to our world-changing community of YouVersion volunteers, when you select Korean as the default language on your device—whether on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android, or BlackBerry—the Bible App displays all of your controls and menu options in that language.
  • Communication in Korean. Volunteers now make relevant YouVersion blog posts available in Korean. And when you initiate communication with YouVersion in Korean, your email and other responses will be in Korean as well.
  • Support in Korean. Now, you can even get help with the Bible App and YouVersion.com in Korean! When you have questions, YouVersion volunteers who speak Korean will be happy to assist you.

YouVersion’s vision has always been simple: To help people connect freely with God’s Word, as easily as possible, no matter where they live or what language they speak. If you have friends whose heart language is Korean, please share this great news about YouVersion.com and the Bible App with them. And be sure to come connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. We love hearing from you!

Keep checking back… To all our new Korean speakers: Welcome to our YouVersion family! We’re thrilled to have you join us. Over the next couple of weeks here on our blog, we’ll be providing more details about each individual piece of the complete Korean launch. We’re excited to share with you all that your community has to offer!