YouVersion

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YouVersion
Yv-logo-520b42083d90211b20f3b49452adbd10.svg
Available inEnglish, interface available in 60 languages
OwnerLife.Church
URLwww.youversion.com
Alexa rank4,513 (Bible.com)
113,894 (YouVersion.com)
RegistrationOptional
Launched2008; 12 years ago (2008)

YouVersion (also known as Bible.com or the Bible App) is an online and mobile Bible platform published for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and many other operating systems; it also supports a variety of other platforms. According to YouVersion, its Bible App features 1797 Bible versions in 1247 languages,[1] audio Bibles for popular versions, offline capabilities, as well as over 800 Bible Plans on specific topics, portions of the Bible, the entire Bible, and devotionals.

History[edit]

YouVersion was founded by Bobby Gruenewald and Life.Church in 2008.[2][3][4]

At least since 2012, Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. billionaire founder/owner David Green has sponsored the YouVersion Bible app for mobile phones.[5]

In April 2014, YouVersion released version 5 of the Bible App, which added features for community engagement and scripture discussion.[6][7]

In April 2015, The Bible App became available on the Apple Watch[8] and included functionality for reading the Verse of the Day, viewing trending verses, as well as the ability to jump to your own Verse Images, Bookmarks, and Highlights.[9]

By April 2017, YouVersion had been downloaded over 268 million times. The app had 1492 versions of the Bible, in 1074 languages.[10]

In March 2017, YouVersion launched a service using Google Assistant on Google Home devices that enabled users to ask for Bible verses based on moods and emotions.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Bible App". YouVersion. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  2. ^ Bill Sherman, Lifechurch.tv's Bible app attracts millions of users, tulsaworld.com, USA, January 4, 2011
  3. ^ Katherine T. Phan, YouVersion Bible App Creator Makes 100 Most Creative People List, christianpost.com, May 31, 2011
  4. ^ Amy O'Leary, In the Beginning Was the Word; Now the Word Is on an App, USA, nytimes.com, July 26, 2013
  5. ^ Solomon, Brian (October 8, 2012). "Meet David Green: Hobby Lobby's Biblical Billionaire". Retrieved December 23, 2019.
  6. ^ Alex Murashako, Bible App 5 Shows YouVersion Still on Track to Engage the World in Scripture, christianpost.com, USA, April 23, 2014
  7. ^ Suzanne Arpin, YouVersion Upgrades Bible App to Build Community, charismanews.com, USA, April 14, 2014
  8. ^ Klett, Leah (April 10, 2015). "YouVersion to Release Updated Version of Bible App for Apple Watch". gospelherald.com. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  9. ^ "Now Available: The Bible App for Apple Watch | YouVersion". blog.youversion.com. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  10. ^ Jean Hopfensperger, God on the go: Bible apps offer mobile inspiration, startribune.com, May 13, 2017
  11. ^ "Google Assistant can now read Bible passages to fit your mood". VentureBeat. April 1, 2017. Retrieved April 2, 2017.

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