YouVersion

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YouVersion
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Available in English, 40+ others
Owner Life.Church
Website www.youversion.com
Alexa rank

5,255 (Bible.com)

85,937 (YouVersion.com)
Registration Optional
Launched 2008; 10 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. YouVersion's Bible App features 1492 Bible versions, in 1074 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] It is staffed by more than 20 full-time employees and more than 400 active volunteers.

November 2013 brought around the introduction of the Bible App for Kids, which 13 months later had 5 million installations in 6 languages.[5]

In April 2014, YouVersion released version 5 of the Bible App, which added features for community engagement and scripture discussion. The Bible App has been downloaded more than 200 million times.[6][7][8]

In April 2015, The Bible App became available on the Apple Watch[9] 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.[10]

In November 2015, The Bible App became available as an Amazon Alexa skill on the Amazon Echo.[11]

In August 2016, YouVersion announced that the Bible App became the first mobile app in history to offer text content in over 1,000 languages.[12]

By April 2017, YouVersion had been downloaded over 268 million times. The app had 1492 versions of the Bible, in 1074 languages.[13]

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.[14]

Bible App Features[edit]

  • Bible reader: Reading the Bible on the mobile device.
  • Reading Plans: Hundreds of plans help users read the Bible regularly by serving up daily selections of Scripture.
  • Personalization: Notes, bookmarks, and highlights help users personalize their interaction with Scripture, much as they might with a print Bible.
  • Synced between platforms: Users can pick up where they left off whether they are reading on their computer, phone, or tablet. Reading plans, bookmarks, notes and more are accessible on all platforms.
  • Social network connections: Sharing favorite verses and reading plan progress on Twitter and Facebook.
  • Notes: Users can journal thoughts privately or choose to share them with others. The community can access all of the contributions for a verse simply by clicking on it and viewing related notes.
  • Offline: Some versions are available for download directly to mobile devices for use in airplane mode or when outside of network coverage.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "YouVersion". YouVersion. Retrieved 22 April 2017. 
  2. ^ BILL SHERMAN, tulsaworld.com, Lifechurch.tv's Bible app attracts millions of users, USA, January 4, 2011
  3. ^ KATHERINE T. PHAN, christianpost.com, YouVersion Bible App Creator Makes 100 Most Creative People List, USA, May 31, 2011
  4. ^ AMY O’LEARY, nytimes.com, In the Beginning Was the Word; Now the Word Is on an App, USA, JULY 26, 2013
  5. ^ "What if millions of children all over the world fell in love with the Bible?". YouVersion Blog. 18 January 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  6. ^ Murashako, Alex (April 23, 2014). "Bible App 5 Shows YouVersion Still on Track to Engage the World in Scripture". The Christian Post. Retrieved April 27, 2014.
  7. ^ "The Bible is everywhere". youversion.com. Retrieved 5 September 2015. 
  8. ^ SUSAN ARPIN, charismanews.com, YouVersion Upgrades Bible App to Build Community, USA, April 14, 2014
  9. ^ Klett, Leah (10 April 2015). "YouVersion to Release Updated Version of Bible App for Apple Watch". gospelherald.com. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  10. ^ "Now Available: The Bible App for Apple Watch | YouVersion". blog.youversion.com. Retrieved 2016-08-09. 
  11. ^ "The Bible App is Now Available on Amazon Echo | YouVersion". blog.youversion.com. Retrieved 2016-08-09. 
  12. ^ "The Bible App is the first app in history to offer text content in 1,000 languages! | YouVersion". blog.youversion.com. Retrieved 2016-08-09. 
  13. ^ Jean Hopfensperger, startribune.com, God on the go: Bible apps offer mobile inspiration, USA, MAY 13, 2017
  14. ^ "Google Assistant can now read Bible passages to fit your mood". VentureBeat. 2017-04-01. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 

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