YouVersion is this month (July) celebrating its 10-year anniversary of the Bible App, which was one of the first 200 free apps available when Apple launched the App Store on July 10, 2008.
UG Christian News has learnt that in the decade since, the Bible App has been downloaded on more than 330 million devices and in every country of the world.
Reports show that the popular app has stayed up to date with smartphone innovations and has introduced new ways for the Bible to reach people in their everyday lives, such as through verse of the day notifications, reading reminders, reading streaks, and more features aimed at encouraging Bible reading.
“We never could have predicted the results we’ve seen as millions of people around the world have read, listened to, shared, and interacted with the Bible and each other in new ways,” Mr Bobby Gruenewald, Co-Founder of YouVersion said in a statement.
After seeing 83,000 installs of the Bible App in the first three days of inception, it went on to reach 10 million installs in 2010, 50 million installs in 2012, and 100 million installs in 2013.
The app, which initially launched with 15 versions and two languages, has according to Global News Wire, partnered with publishers and Bible societies to offer more than 1,700 different versions of the Bible, including Bible text in more than 1,200 languages.
“These last 10 years have been more than we could ask, think, or imagine, and we believe this is only the beginning,” Gruenewald said. “As we look ahead, we’re excited about the new ways God is using technology to help people make even more connections between the Bible and their daily lives.”
Global News Wire reports that YouVersion will soon launch Bible Lens, a new app that analyzes the objects in a photo and detects biblical themes to suggest the Bible verse that best fits the photo.
Then, it automatically designs a high-quality Verse Image that can be shared with friends. Additionally, the app will have the ability to create Verse Images from photos saved in a person’s camera roll to help them rediscover every moment of their life through the lens of the Bible.