Stories from the YouVersion Billion – What is yours?

Last week YouVersion hit a major milestone: YouVersion users have spent one billion minutes reading the Bible on mobile devices. That’s 19 centuries! It makes me wonder if something like that would have happened so quickly without the Bible being in the pocket of around 3 million people all day, every day.

Although the sheer number (1 billion!) is amazing, the more important factor is that “1 billion” represents real people spending real time reading their Bibles. The stories from those people are moving:

“I have a wife, 3 kids, a full-time job, and I’m the part time (but really operate at full time) worship pastor at a large church. I’ve had to sacrifice a lot of things to make all of these things work, and at times I would drift away from consistently reading the Word. Having YouVersion on my Droid has made an incredible difference in my life, my families life, and my ministry. Thank you so much for doing so much for His Kingdom.”

“Your app has been a Godsend, and led me back to attending church regularly and seeking spiritual help during my more recent trials and tribulations.”

“I have found that I read my bible on exponentially more than ever before as it’s always available anytime, anywhere. I love the fact that I can send text’s that I’m reading by email to my friends/family.”

“I lead an adult Disciple Bible Study at our Church. Having the many translations available on my iPhone makes comparing texts very convenient and aids our study.”

These are only a few of the many, many stories we’ve received from YouVersion users that have seen God work through the Bible on their mobile device. If you have a story of your own, go to http://www.onebillionminutes.com and let us know. We’d love to hear your story.

YouVersion Android Bible App update!

Last week was such a busy week we forgot to let you know about our Android Bible App update > 1.1.4. Here is a list of some of the change log:

  • store the Bible version with bookmarks
  • replaced Bible version selection with native Android widgets (improved speed)
  • replaced settings with native Android preferences
  • fixed force close on screen rotation, and on restarting the application
  • using native Andorid context menu system now to make future application translation easier
  • improved failure handling
  • removed obsolete code and assets to reduce storage footprint
  • improved code for upgrading database schemas and preferences
  • making use of Checkstyle plugin to improve the code
  • fixed random force close on first-time application startup

Most of these were more stability and bug fixes, but know that a big update is in the works. The Android App roadmap includes Log In, Live, Offline, updated Reading Plans, much much more!

What Can 1 Billion Minutes in the Bible Do?

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Today we are celebrating people reading their Bible with YouVersion for a total of one billion minutes on a mobile device. Imagine all the life change, encouragement, love, and passion in God that have come from that time spent in the Bible. Come celebrate with us at http://onebillionminutes.com, and to our YouVersion users, thank you for making this milestone happen. You’ve read the Bible in airports, the tube, coffee shops, church services, and countless points between.

Bible App Tops Facebook on BlackBerry

Two days ago, Blackberry App World approved our YouVersion Bible App 2.0.5. This was a huge release since it made the Bible App compatible with the BlackBerry Storm and Storm2. Today, I opened Blackberry App World on the Storm and noticed something very exciting…YouVersion Bible App is a Top 10 Application, even ahead of the powerhouse Facebook.

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So, as excited as I am about YouVersion being in the top 10 apps…I am most excited about seeing the Bible being freely distributed on a global scale. Currently, more than 350,000 new mobile installs take place each month globally. Thank you for your support and for telling all your friends about YouVersion. It’s because of you that more and more people are reading the Bible!

Need to download the app? Visit http://youversion.com/download on your mobile device.

iPhone Bible App 2.1 is Live in the iTunes Store

We are thrilled to let everyone know iPhone Bible App 2.1 is now live in the iTunes App Store. There are several improvements in this update which you can get on your iPhone App Store or by going to http://www.youversion.com/download.

Get more details on this update here…

YouVersion Bible App now for BlackBerry Storm (Version 2.0.5)

We are pleased to announce a major update to the YouVersion Bible app for Blackberry that includes functionality for the Storm. This update is for ALL BlackBerry devices and has a whole new easy-to-use dashboard to help you navigate the Bible on your mobile device.

Version 2.0.5 is available at http://www.youversion.com/bb today!

Here are some screenshots of the new update:

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Videos for you to use Introducing YouVersion Live to your Group, Church or Event

Below are a couple resources we wanted to pass on to all of you who have been creating groups and events inside YouVersion Live the past month. First, we have a video you can use to help introduce YouVersion Live to those participating in your event whether a church congregation, small group or concert.

YouVersion Live – For use with your Event Community.

Secondly, maybe you love what YouVersion Live can do but have had a hard time explaining it to a leader, your team or event coordinator. For that we have two videos below. One is a quick explanation that could be used at both an event or one on one. The other is a full webinar explaining the roots of YouVersion Live and its core functionality.

YouVersion Live for Leaders – To Explain to Leaders, a Team or Group Looking to Leverage YouVersion Live.

YouVersion Live Webinar – For a detailed look at YouVersion Live

Don’t worry, the two promotional videos are available for download in HD as both a movie file or for use on DVD so you can easily use them during your events. They are hosted at OPEN over at LifeChurch.tv for Free! Downloadable Version at OPEN.

SNEAK PEEK: YouVersion for Blackberry Storm?

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!