One of my favorite apps for accessing the Holy Bible has just received a huge update for their Android application. eBible has released the full version of their Android application giving you access to your notes and highlights right on your Android device. I have used eBible for some time on all of my iOS devices but now that the full Android version has been released it is now my go to application for Bible reading on my Android phone.
With eBible’s newest Android update you now have access to all of your Bible study notes. Just sign in to the application using your Facebook account or your free eBible account and notes that you create on their website syncs automatically with your Android device. Not only that but full multi-layered highlighting is now supported on the Android platform as well.
The biggest difference between eBible’s Android application and iOS application is the speech functions that are available in the Android version. When you first sign into the application you are taken to a simple screen with a microphone button in the middle and a search bar at the top. Tap the microphone button and say what you want to read, “Psalm 121″ and just like magic the application immediately loads that particular Scripture for you. If the application is unsure what you are asking for you will be presented with a dialog box asking you to make the proper selection: Psalm 12:1 or Psalm 121.
If that is not enough as soon as the application loads the particular Scripture passage for you it will begin to read the Scripture to you. Imagine you are riding in the car and would like to study your Bible. Tap the button, say the Scripture selection you wish to hear, and sit back and let the application read God’s Holy Word to you while you are commuting to work.
As a Sunday School teacher I use this application to read certain passages of Scripture to me to insure that I have the pronunciations correct when I am reading them in class. I can even see this application being used in the classroom setting and letting the application perform the task of reading the Scripture while the class listens and prepares to discuss.
But if you don’t like talking to your phone or having your phone talk to you, all you have to do is click on the search bar at the top of the screen and you are presented with a listing of books of the Bible, chapters, and verses to make your selection much like you do in the iOS version of the application.
The Android version of eBible doesn’t contain the fancy flipping pages like its cousin in the Apple App Store but this does not detract from a beautiful application that functions well with minimal effort. An internet connection is required to access the Scriptures since the Bibles are not contained on your device but on eBible’s servers. But this was not an issue with either my 3G or 4G Android devices. In fact with a 4G connection the application performed as if the data were maintained right on the phone with little lag time between requesting a passage, loading the passage, and the playback of the passage.
With the addition of the notes and highlights in this version of the Android application, the eBible Android Application is now just as functional as its iOS application or the eBible website. I have used the eBible notes to keep track of which passages of Scripture that I had taught to my class and the dates of the lessons. Now all of that information is available right on my Android phone.
If you haven’t tried out eBible for Android you should really take a look at this application. With many different translations available and more being added in the future it is one of the most useful Bible applications that I have used on my Android devices. Unlike some of the other Bible apps that try to do too much and become too slow to load or respond, eBible does a couple of things and they do them very well. The application is fast and easy to use.
You can download the eBible for Android application for free in the Google Play Store. Give it a try today and let me know what you think.
What electronic Bible do you use on your phone or tablet?
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