YouVersion iPhone update 1.9 Available Now

The latest YouVersion update hit iTunes this afternoon, which was a sweet Friday surprise and a great way to kick off the weekend! Here’s what it means for you:

  • Now you can tweet verses you’re reading directly from the Bible app with a shortened http://read.ly URL
  • We’ll have some YouVersion Live goodness ready to share with you when we launch on Tuesday. (Don’t forget to check out the webinar if you haven’t seen it yet!)

To get these latest features, you’ll need to update to the latest version of YouVersion for the iPhone, which is Version 1.9. Unfortunately this means that afterwards you’ll need to re-download any offline versions you previously downloaded, but that shouldn’t be necessary when upgrading in the future because this update fixes several issues related to offline translations.

If you’ve never downloaded an offline translation, it’s pretty easy:

  • 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 list of available offline translations.
  • Once you’ve selected the translation, tap “Download.” The translation should begin downloading immediately. (You’ll see a bar showing you the progress of the download in real-time.)

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

We can’t wait to share YouVersion Live with you next week!

YouVersion Live Webinar is Available

For everyone that didn’t get a chance yesterday we have put up an archive of our YouVersion Live Webinar at http://youversion.com/live.

You’ll find out how YouVersion Live is creating a brand new way to experience church services and other live events. It’s been great to see all the reactions, observations and questions on Twitter after yesterday’s webinar. Continue the conversation by using #youversion in your tweets!

Thanks for sharing our excitement about the many ways YouVersion Live can be leveraged to reach our culture. Just a few more weeks and people around the globe will be able join in!

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Some initial impressions about YouVersion Live

Be sure to check out our free webinar today on YouVersion Live at http://youversion.com/live.

YouVersion Live Webinar Wed, Sept 23 at 2-3 PM CDT

This October, YouVersion Live will give you a brand new way to interact with live events like church services, conferences, and more. Want to know how you’ll be able to use it?

Join us for a live webinar: Wednesday, September 23 at 2:00-3:00 PM CDT at http://www.youversion.com/live
LifeChurch.tv Pastor, Innovation Leader Bobby Gruenewald and Digerati Pastor Terry Storch will guide you through YouVersion Live and show you how this free new tool can work in your environment.

  • What will it look like to use this in a church service or other live experience?
  • As a communicator, how can I use it to help people get more out of my message?
  • How will people find a live experience?
  • What will it take to set up an experience ahead of time?
  • How likely is it that people around me will be able to use it?

Get answers to these questions and have a chance to ask your own during this free webinar. To join us, just go to http://www.youversion.com/live on Wednesday, September 23 at 2:00 CDT.

Hope to see you there!

New Android Update for YouVersion

YouVersion Bible users on Android will be pleased to know a new update has gone live in the Android marketplace. This updates is all bug fixes and should continue to help you have a great experience engaging the Bible on your Android device.

Simply head to http://youversion.com/download on your Android device and you will be directed to the Android Marketplace and the update.

YouVersion iPhone Bible Update Sumitted!

Yes it is true! Last week we did submit an update to Apple Store for the YouVersion Bible app for iPhone. We are excited for Apple to release this update as it has many bug fixes and some new integration that will allow you to share scripture through Twitter.

We are also in heavy development on another update for the YouVersion iPhone Bible app that will add YouVersion.com/Live integration. You can be looking for that to be coming down the pipe sometime in October.

(For more information about YouVersion.com/Live go to the site and sign up for our Webinar that will give a walk through of the features and have examples of how it can be used.)

YouVersion for BlackBerry Storm … sorta..

Terry Storch walks through how to get the Blackberry Tour version of the YouVersion Bible app working on the Blackberry Storm. This obviously isn’t a perfect fix, but for those of you with a Storm that want YouVersion this is an option!

Introducing YouVersion Live

We’re thrilled to introduce a brand new concept for YouVersion.com. It’s called “YouVersion Live” and it brings a new level of interaction to the communication of God’s truth and love.

YouVersion Live is a free service that will give pastors, conference speakers, teachers, and group leaders the ability to share content and real-time feedback on mobile devices during live events, services, and more. Here’s an idea of how a church leader could use YouVersion Live…

A pastor would love to be able to get his congregation more involved in his message, ask questions and get answers, survey the room with a simple poll, give them an easy and natural way to take notes on his talking points, and maybe even give them a follow-up thought with a blog post or YouTube video as they’re leaving. And, in a perfect world, they’d be able to keep all that information in a place they look every day so they can refresh themselves on what he spoke about.

When YouVersion Live launches, this pastor will be able to do all this (and a little more) by simply dragging and dropping in a super-simple dashboard on YouVersion.com. During a service, his congregation will pull out their web-enabled phones, open up YouVersion (either on the mobile website or a native application), read the Bible, take notes, ask questions, submit prayer requests, answer polls, find links to external content (event details, blog posts, videos, etc), and give online. Before they leave, they’ll be able to send all that great content to themselves (or a friend) via email for future reference.

With YouVersion Live, a pastor can offer his congregation a rich and engaging way to experience the Bible and his message. Plus, with millions of people already using YouVersion on their phones, he’s got a head start towards telling his congregation about this new tool.

We’ll be talking more about YouVersion Live over the next several weeks, so stay tuned for more information and announcements!

Screenshots:

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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 Android Market. 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:

Android Views

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.

YouVersion Update 2.0.3

Update 2.0.3 was pushed out earlier this week…you might have already seen some of the amazing new features and fixes. Here is the punch list of new features and updates:

Features:

  • Implement a new widget in the Reader, it’s an audio Bible with many translations to choose from and is powered by Faith Comes by Hearing.
  • Implement short URLs (read.ly), this can be seen in the Link to Reference widget in the Reader.
  • URL has been setup at http://www.youversion.com/download that will take anyone who visits the URL from their Blackberry, iPhone or Android device straight to the correct place to download the app for their phone. If you’re coming from a mobile device not listed, it sends you to m.youversion.com automatically.
  • Book, chapter and version pickers in the Reader now scroll down to the position you are currently at when opened.
  • If you search for a reference (ex John 3:16) it will now take you straight to the Reader. If you do this while on the Reader page, there is no page refresh it just loads the chapter/verse up instantly.
  • You can also do a search for reference on the mobile site (m.youversion.com) to jump straight to a chapter/verse. This makes navigation on the mobile site much easier now.

Changes/Improvements:

  • All HTMLs sent from YouVersion.com (sign up, invite, following, etc) are in plain text instead of HTML emails, this makes it easier to read on a mobile device.
  • Parallel reading has been greatly improved. We now only sync the right side with the left, so if you’re scrolling the left side, the right side will attempt to sync but if you start scrolling the right it stays independent. The main reason for doing this was to cut down on some of the erratic behavior that can start to happen in certain situations (screen sizes, etc). It has made the Parallel mode a lot more stable and usable.

Bugs Fixed:

  • Duplication of “likes” on your Likes page.
  • Sometimes after removing a “like” it would still show up on your Likes page.
  • If you “liked” something in the Reader, it wouldn’t show up on the individual contribution page for that item that you had liked it, thereby presenting you with another “Like” button but then throwing an error.
  • Sometimes switching versions it would not line back up to the verse you were on in the previous version.
  • When in Reader and highlighting verses, if only one contribution was found for the verse(s) highlighted there would be a navigation error that made it impossible to view the contribution content.
  • Now you can type just the book name in the Reader input field (ex Genesis) and it will take you to Genesis 1:1, before it would throw an error.
  • Bug in Safari on Community page where display formatting would get messed up under certain orders of contributions, likes, bookmarks, etc.
  • Links in Daily Reading RSS feed now go to the right location.
  • HTML code for the last badge on the Badges page was the code for the one above it, this has been fixed.
  • Many other minor bug fixes.

Look for a few blog posts in the near future highlighting some of these new features! Thanks again for your support, and Happy YouVersion’ing!