We all know that Android phones are great because of the variety they bring to the smartphone market. Well, that variety isn’t exclusive to the hardware itself, but also applies to the fast growing number of quality apps in the market.
Check out these 6 that you definitely don’t want to miss:
1. Bible (YouVersion)
Description: With sixteen English versions, four Spanish versions, and a bunch in many other languages, this Bible provides the user with a great deal of variety. The English versions include all of the most popular ones: KJV, NKJV, ESV, NASB, NIV, TNIV, NLT, and even The Amplified, and The Message! This app also has a couple dozen reading plans with popular approaches like ‘Bible in 90 Days’, Chronological, Historical, and many more.
Why you might like this one: The YouVersion app has really set the standard for all other mobile Bible apps. You probably won’t find another free app with this many different translations of the Bible included for free. Having that many translations at your fingertips can really enhance discussion during a small group Bible study!
Description: CadreBible is more than just a Bible. It’s a pretty comprehensive Bible study app, complete with multiple translations (including Greek and Hebrew texts), dictionaries, commentaries, and other ancient writings. Many of the resources for your library can be downloaded for free (public domain), but some of the more current texts must be purchased. It also has a reading plan feature, and this one allows you to create your own reading plan (pictured below). While you are reading, you can even use the highlight and underline tools to mark important sections of text, just like you would in your paper Bible.
Why you might like this one: While not as flashy as some others and somewhat limited in the free texts, this app has some pretty cool features for serious, ongoing study. The extended library that’s downloaded to your phone (therefore not requiring a data connection during study) will provide some great depth in your studies. Go ahead… try dropping a reference to Josephus in your next small group. It’s sure to impress all your friends!
Description: You won’t find any actual Bibles in this one, but you will find some cool resources that can help you during your Bible study. ColorDict is a dictionary application that allows you to download and reference multiple dictionaries at the same time. There are a few Bible dictionaries that can be downloaded in addition to the many other non-Bible based reference texts available.
Why you might like this one: One of the key elements of a good Bible study is the word study. This app will allow you to search across many different dictionaries in order to get you the best possible background information on a word in whatever Scripture passage you’re studying.
Description: This app features one version of the Bible, but it’s a good one… ESV. In addition to the basic ESV text, there are a few other cool features including the Listen, Sermons (formerly Bible Bites), and Share functions. ‘Listen’ downloads and plays an audio version (and not just text-to-speech) of whatever passage you select. The ‘Sermons’ tool gives you access to hundreds (or maybe even thousands) of sermons (posted online) for your desired passage. And ‘Share’ gives you easy access to tweet, FB, text, email, or blog a passage that you’re reading.
Why you might like this one: This may be more of a good devotional tool than it is a study tool, but these features make it a worthwhile resource… especially if you’re looking for inspiration. And you have to love the idea of having access to a complete (and quality) audio Bible that you can listen to for free from your phone.
5. Live Bible
Description: This app is a personal Bible reader that looks to broaden connectivity to Christian community. There are no big bells and whistles for the serious scholar, but it does contain several of the most popular translations out there. Essentially, it’s a browser based Bible, pulling from various resources on the web. The opening screen displays a “Daily Scripture” from either biblegateway.com or crossway.org. But one of the coolest features that sets this one apart from the rest is the RSS feed reader that’s built in.
Why you might like this one: The RSS reader in this one is what makes it worthwhile. It’s cool that it has lots of great translations, and it displays it in a way that is very easy to read (especially for a small screen). But it really kicks up personalization a couple of notches when you can add feeds that are important to you, and that you feel are good Bible study resources.
6. Touch Bible
Description: While limited in the number of versions of the Bible that it offers, the Touch Bible does have some pretty cool features. The featured version in this app is the NET (New English Translation). Among the notable features of this app are the day/night screen settings, and some of the online extras that include things like maps and other supporting texts.
Why you might like this one: The limited number of translations may be discouraging, but the study and translation notes that are embedded into the text with the NET version are really cool. With the touch of the screen you can get valuable background information about key words or ideas.
What’s your favorite Android bible study app? Is there anything else that you’d add to this list?