New for iPhone/iPad: Verse History, Copy, & SMS Sharing

The newest update to the YouVersion Bible app for iPhone/iPad (2.3.3) is ready and waiting in the App Store. Download it now by going to http://youversion.com/download from your device or search for “Bible” in the App Store. If you’re a fan of the app, please take a moment to rate it and leave a comment in the App Store.

This release includes some long-awaited feature additions that I can’t wait to tell you about, so let’s jump in.

Verse History
The new History feature is cool. It’ll help you navigate more quickly to verses you were reading recently. It’s great for when you want to share a verse with a friend, but can’t remember where it was. Or use it to keep up with your pastor when he’s jumping back-and-forth between two or more verses during a sermon.

To start using the History feature, go to the More section and tap “Edit” in the top right corner. Drag the “History” icon into the dock at the bottom to replace one of the icons that are already there. Now, after you’ve navigated to a verse using the Search function, the reference for that verse will show up in your History. (You can also access History directly inside the More section if the History icon isn’t in your dock. History only works with verses you’ve navigated to via Search right now. We’ll expand it in the future as we get feedback from you, our awesome users.)


Copy Bible Verses
You’ve been asking for the ability to copy Bible verses to your phone’s clipboard for a while. While it seems like a simple feature, actually executing that feature properly was not so simple. Now when you select a verse in the Bible reader you’ll have the choice to copy it to your clipboard, along with the other options to share or see contributions.

SMS Sharing (iPhone Only)
SMS (text messaging) is the #1 form of communication for an entire generation. It’s a great way to share quick thoughts through small snippets of text. Now you can easily share Bible verses via text message with anyone in your phone’s Contacts. Just select a verse and choose SMS from the list of sharing options that appear.

We also redesigned the UI when you interact with a verse.


Bug Fixes
We fixed the issue that some folks were having enabling the connection between their YouVersion account and Twitter or Facebook. We also squashed a few bugs related to network connectivity.

We’d love to hear your thoughts about this release so connect with us on Twitter (@youversion) or on our Facebook page (facebook.com/youversion) and let us know what you think.

Thank You Early-Adopter Organizations!

Reina-Valera 1960 Biblia en Español en YouVersion

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Millones de personas alrededor del mundo están descubriendo y usando YouVersion para leer la Biblia en su propia lengua materna. Actualmente ofrecemos 22 lenguajes diferentes, y estamos entusiasmados en expander nuestra lista de traducciones de Biblias gratuitas para que cada vez más personas puedan comprometerse con las Escrituras.

En asociación con la American Bible Society y la United Bible Societies, estamos emocionados en anunciar la suma de una nueva Bíblia en Español a la creciente lista de traducciones de Bíblia de YouVersion: la Reina – Valera 1960. La RVR60 es una de las traducciones más populares de la Biblia al Español y es leída por diez millones de personas en docenas de países.

La suma de la RVR60 abre una enorme oportunidad a YouVersion para ayudar a millones más a comprometerse con las Escrituras. Puedes comenzar a leerla de inmediato seleccionando la RVR60 de la lista de traducciones disponibles mientras lees la Bíblia en You Version.com o en cualquiera de las aplicaciones móviles de YouVersion.

Reina-Valera 1960 Spanish Bible on YouVersion

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Millions of people around the world are discovering and using YouVersion to read the Bible in their native language. We currently offer 22 different languages, and we’re excited to expand our list of free Bible translations so more and more people will be able to engage with Scripture.

In partnership with the American Bible Society and United Bible Societies, we’re thrilled to announce the addition of a new Spanish Bible to YouVersion’s growing list of Bible translations: the Reina-Valera 1960. The RVR60 is one of the most popular Spanish Bible translations and is read by tens of millions of people in dozens of countries.

The addition of the RVR60 opens a huge opportunity for YouVersion to help millions more engage with Scripture. You can start reading it now by choosing the RVR60 from the list of available translations when you’re reading the Bible on YouVersion.com or in any of YouVersion’s mobile apps.

YouVersion Bible App Wins Prize in Palm Contest

The YouVersion Bible app for Palm webOS was recently awarded $1,000 for being one of the most-downloaded webOS apps. Palm held a developer contest to see which webOS applications could garner the most downloads over a specified period of time, and thanks to you, the amazing YouVersion community, the YouVersion Bible app for Palm webOS was honored to be among the most downloaded free apps in the Palm App Catalog.

Ever since we announced the launch of our first Palm webOS Bible app, and then our relaunch with a native, full-featured app, the YouVersion Bible app has remained among the hottest apps in the Palm App Catalog. Whether it’s because of our passionate users or because it’s the most advanced app in the YouVersion lineup of mobile apps, the webOS Bible app has been one more tool to help more people engage in Scripture wherever they are.

Thanks again to our amazing users for helping us win the $1,000 prize. We’re excited to invest it into more development to continue our mission of increasing Bible engagement around the world.

Introducing “Free Bible” Pages for Your Organization

We live in exciting times! Through the Internet and mobile technology, more people than ever can access the Bible anytime, anywhere. And today, we’d like to introduce an opportunity for you to join us in this mission to spread God’s Word. With a Free Bible page, your church, business, company, or organization can generously offer a free Bible and connect people to the the life-transforming power of the Holy Spirit as they engage in Scripture.

For no cost, we’ll create a Free Bible page on YouVersion.com featuring your logo and a personal message from your organization. Actually, we’ll create two different pages: a page that’s optimized for mobile and another for standard web browsers. The content will focus on making it easy to download the free Bible app.

An Example

Oral Roberts University is having their first chapel of the semester this Friday. ORU President Mark Rutland will ask students to pull out their phones and visit bible.oru.edu to get a free Bible. ORU took the initiative to set up that customized link, which will redirect to the standard URL we provided on our web site: youversion.com/free-bible/oru.

Would you like to have a Free Bible page for your organization?

Your organization has influence over people that might not discover the free Bible app on their own. This is a great opportunity for us to partner with incredible organizations like yours, who share our passion for spreading God’s Word.  Fill out this form if you would like to have a Free Bible page like this for your organization.

Big News! New Bible App for Symbian Phones

We’ve been working hard to bring you a new Bible app for the Symbian platform and we’re excited to announce that it’s ready and available for download now in the Ovi Store and on GetJar.com. Many Americans aren’t familiar with the Symbian mobile platform, so we’ll take a moment to explain why we believe this is a big deal.

First, Symbian accounts for about 40% of smartphones in the world. There are hundreds of millions of people carrying a Symbian-powered device in hundreds of countries. Second, because Symbian is so ubiquitous outside the United States, we’re excited to see how God uses this step to reach the world with the Bible, helping millions more engage with Scripture.

Like the first version of our mobile Bible app on other new platforms, the Symbian app is currently a basic Bible reader that accomplishes our foundational purpose of increasing Bible engagement around the world. Future development will bring more features you’ve come to love on other mobile platforms, like Reading Plans, social sharing with Twitter and Facebook, YouVersion Live, and more.

Have fun with the new Symbian app and don’t forget to tell your friends to download the YouVersion Bible app on their phones. It’s the easiest way to give someone a free Bible!

Free YouVersion Promo Video – Download now!

We love seeing more people engage the Bible through YouVersion, so you can imagine that we’re pretty excited that the YouVersion Bible app is being downloaded to a new mobile device every 4 seconds. But individual downloads aren’t the only thing to celebrate. We’ve been encouraged by how small groups, churches, conferences, and universities are adopting YouVersion Live as part of their events and gatherings and we’ve seen even more groups simply encouraging their people to download the Bible app during their regular meetings.

So, to make it even easier for churches, conferences, musicians, universities, small groups, coffee shops, and others to share the Bible and YouVersion, we’ve made the video above available as a free download on OPEN, LifeChurch.tv’s library of free digital resources for churches and other ministries. (Choose “Week 3 Whispers Promo” in the list near the bottom of the page.) The video can be downloaded in multiple formats and is free for you to use at church, in your small group, or just sharing with a friend.

Have fun and don’t forget to let us know how you plan to use the video to tell people about how they can engage the Bible through YouVersion for free!

Introducing Norsk Bibel 88/07: A New Norwegian Bible Translation

We’re excited to announce the recent addition of the Norsk Bibel 88/07 to the growing list of YouVersion Bible translations. The Norsk Bibel 88/07 is an extremely popular Norwegian translation of the Bible and we’re thankful to the Norsk Bibel AS for their generosity in providing this translation to the Norwegian speaking members of the YouVersion community around the world.

What makes this announcement even more exciting is that it comes right on the heels of the completion of the localization of the YouVersion.com interface into the Norwegian language. We’ve been able to accomplish this push to reach the Norwegian speaking community with the help of Norea Mediemisjon, who was instrumental in translating the web interface and also helped solidify the relationship with Norsk Bibel AS.

We hope our Norwegian speaking friends will enjoy this new addition! Keep an eye out for further developments as we work towards enabling people around the world to engage the Bible their native language.

Lifeway & YouVersion Partner to Help Thousands of Churches

From Bible publishers to foreign media organizations, many first-rate organizations have teamed up with YouVersion as we work together to help millions engage with the Bible in new ways. We’re pleased to announce another strategic partnership, as YouVersion becomes a part of Lifeway’s Digital Church initiative.

Digital Church is a collection of web-based services endorsed by LifeWay Christian Resources to help churches and ministries to become more efficient and effective growing their church and the Kingdom. By recommending trusted solutions, LifeWay allows churches to focus on leveraging technology for ministry.

We’re honored to be included in LifeWay’s Digital Church initiative and look forward to equipping even more churches with the innovative Scripture engagement tools offered by YouVersion. In addition to YouVesion’s online and mobile Bible, churches can take advantage of YouVersion Live for mobile interaction during events like church services, youth events, and more.

We’re excited about this partnership and the great relationship between YouVersion and Lifeway. We know that God will use this connection for great things in His Kingdom.