Bible Reader for Android allows you to do your Bible study on the go. In conjunction with the selection of free and priced translations, studies and reference materials, it is quite the spiritual companion. Coming on the heels of the recent beta, it looks pretty good too.
The Reader software works well to give users options that streamline experience with personal preference. Options exist to adjust color, font size, verse breakdown and even page turning versus “flicking.” You can tweak the appearance to fit your taste.
The most anticipated feature is the new split screen functionality. With it, you can enhance Word study by opening, say, two Bible translations side-by side. You can also combine a translation and a study. The ease of use of the split screen functionality is what will make fans from old iterations of this software smile. Both screens can be synced, and switching resources is quite easy. You can change from a Jewish Commentary to a UBS Handbook based and be linked to the same scripture translation.
Navigation & Sharing
Navigation is straightforward on Android. Using the ubiquitous Android OS function, one is able to go straight to the listing of books grouped by Testament. Another tap gets you to chapters, and one more goes to verses.
Tapping on a particular verse allows the user to copy, highlight, bookmark and share. The share function again shows how the software is able to integrate with Android OS. Selecting that option gives one the ability to share information via programs that have the functionality baked in. You can share via Facebook, email, text, Dropbox, Twitter/client or any other program installed on your device. You can also share notes to Evernote, which adds cloud functionality to the software.
Searching in the Bible Reader is straightforward; if you’re device has a dedicated search button, it will launch the search box within the program. You can tailor your search via any number of parameters, such as restricting the scope of the Bible searched. Thus, you can find a word or phrase in the Old Testament or Pauline Epistles.
Olive Tree has, according to it’s website, an assortment of 700 different commercial and free resources. These resources include a wealth of commentaries, contemporary titles, classic Christian literature and, of course, Bibles in different languages and versions. These resources are available to purchase and/or download directly from the handheld.
Also, if one purchases an item from Olive Tree, that item follows the the owner from device to device and from one mobile platform to another (as long as that resource is available on the new platform). This is invaluable; if you had a Palm device and purchased materials, those same materials are available on iOS, Android and other newer OS’.
All in all, Olive Tree has earned a respectable name in the mobile Bible business, and with software, it is easy to see why. The newer features are sure to please legacy people and new users alike.
I did experience a few forced closes, but in the all fairness, I was running the newly pushed out software on a rooted and ROMed device. I still give it high marks.