Quick Tips – Getting Started with the Android App

WORDsearch Bible on the Android
We’re happy to announce that WORDsearch is now available on Android devices 4.0 OS or higher. We want to say thank you for your persistence in requesting this app and for your patience in waiting for our development team to produce it. With the release of this app, you will now be able to read content you purchased from WORDsearch on your Android device whether you are on or offline. Please remember that this is a Phase 1 app, and we are working to add new and enhance existing features.

Getting Started
From the new home screen, you’ll easily be able to: find, download & open books, search and manage your account settings. Simply scroll through your book shelf and tap on any cover to download a particular title. Note: If a book cover appears dim, you haven’t yet downloaded it. If you prefer to view your titles in a vertical list view, simply click the list view button. In either the book shelf or list view mode, you can easily tap the category arrow to display only titles in a particular category. At any point, you can tap the search icon, select Search Title/Author, and type a title or author name to locate a specific volume. Or, choose search, then Search Within Text to search for a particular term in a particular book.  Click the settings icon to log-in or to re-sync your library.

How to Install the WORDsearch Bible Android App

Step 1
Go to the Google Play store. Search for WORDsearch Bible then tap the download button.

Step 2
Tap the WORDsearch icon to open the app.

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Step 3
Upon opening the app, you’ll be prompted to sign in. If you’ve previously logged into our website, you can use those same log-in credentials here. Simply enter your email address/password and press the Submit button to sign in and register your app. Please note: If you do not have a WORDsearch account, you will be given the option to create one.

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Step 4
After signing in with your WORDsearch account information, you will be given the option to sign into the app with your LifeWay account information. This will allow you to access any electronic books you may have purchased for MyStudyBible or the LifeWay Reader. If you don’t currently have a LifeWay account, you’ll be given the option to create one or to skip this step. Of course, you can always create a LifeWay account, or log in with your LifeWay account at another time by visiting your Account Settings under the Profile icon.

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That’s it! You now have WORDsearch Bible for the Android. Be on the look out for some more quick tips in the next few days here on the blog. You can also find more information on how to use the app on www.wordsearchbible.com/android. 

Comments

  1. THANK YOU FOR THIS! It would still be nice to have been given insight into why the books in our library appear to be grayed out until we click on them.

    Also, WHY do all the Commentaries by the same author appear as separate volumes in the Android version and NOT in the Windows/Mac versions of the program? I open up my favorite commentary and want to consult it for whichever book of the Bible I may be checking at the time. To open up 3 different commentaries by the same author just to check his comments on three different books is cumbersome.

    Finally, on a side note, the term “Droid” is one I wouldn’t encourage you to use. It is actually a brand name of a Motorola phone and NOT one that Android users commonly accept for Android devices. IN other words, even though I have an Android phone AND an Android tablet, I do NOT tell people I am a “Droid” user. (It’s the kind of blunder I would expect an Apple user to make. ) :)

    Thanks again!

    • >THANK YOU FOR THIS! It would still be nice to have been given insight into why the books in our library appear to be grayed out until we click on them.

      Books that are grayed out are the ones in your library that are sitting on the Cloud. Clicking on them downloads the book to your device… A useful feature if you’ve got limited space, as others have mentioned, it would be nice if it could store them on removable media. In any case you certainly wouldn’t want to download your entire library at once over wireless… Some of the larger ones like to fail if you’re downloading too much at once, the library of the Church Fathers for instance. I got them to install but it took a couple tries.

      >Also, WHY do all the Commentaries by the same author appear as separate volumes in the Android version and NOT in the Windows/Mac versions of the program?

      I’ve noticed the same is true of other categories of resources, such as June Hunt’s counseling series. If I were to hazard a guess, my speculation would be that WORDsearch used the code of a similar app, perhaps provided by Lifeway, one that was radically different from the hierarchy structure of the PC/Mac platform. I’m not an app programer (yet) but it may be that in the interest of the widest platform compatibility, that sort of high level tree structure might not have been immediately feasible to employ. But I imagine they’ll get there. :)

      >Finally, on a side note, the term “Droid” is one I wouldn’t encourage you to use. It is actually a brand name of a Motorola phone and NOT one that Android users commonly accept for Android devices

      I could be wrong, but it doesn’t seem like those are the most popular line of phones. I’m not sure that device made enough market impact to warrant etymological monopoly on a relevant abbreviation. When I need my ears clean I grab a q-tip… not the brand Q-Tip but the “cotton covered stick baton.” The word “Tabloid” used to be a trademarked name for compressed medicine pills until an infringement suit successfully judged that the second journalistic meaning had relevance. Aspirin and Heroin were both trademarked by Bayer until Germany lost WWI. The Jungle Gym, escalators, cellophane… There are literally hundreds of examples of specific brands that fell into common language use, even in a relatively short period of time.

      So yes, while the Droid is properly referred to as a specific line of cell phones… Grammatically it’s just as correct to use as an abbreviation for Android. The Droid *does* use the Android operating system, does it not? I mean I don’t know, I’ve never owned or sold one.

      I mean Star Wars was using the word decades before cell phones went digital.

      Blessings
      Mike

      • > Books that are grayed out are the ones in your library that are sitting on the Cloud.

        Instead of a single “Downloaded books” category, it would be useful if there was an option to hide the books which have not been downloaded, while still preserving the categories. This would be useful for offline use.

        • [Michael Wright says:
          I could be wrong, but it doesn’t seem like those are the most popular line of phones. I’m not sure that device made enough market impact to warrant etymological monopoly on a relevant abbreviation.]

          Popularity aside, “Android” is the official name of the OS owned by Google and used by phones and tablets, while “Droid” is a specific brand or line of phone which is also trademarked by George Lucas’ Lucasfilms and licensed to Verizon Wireless.

        • Yeah the Kindle has this feature built into its interface, it’s nice… I just wish they hadn’t done the carousel, it’s so ugly. I’d almost rather see ad space there.

          This seems like a logical addition as they go through the development process. It would be nicer though it was just a simple “view” option on one screen, rather than the multiple screens you have to navigate in some other apps.

  2. Any plans of making this available on the Amazon Kindle site?

    • Yes, it has already been submitted to them, and we are just waiting for the final approval. Hopefully within a week you will see the app for the Kindle.

      Thanks!

    • If you are like some who’ve been a little frustrated with Amazon’s App Store release schedule (and it’s not just WORDsearch, FACEBOOK of all things is waiting for approval) I have written an article on how to “side load” the app from the Google Play store to your computer to your Kindle. It’s completely temporary, and kind of complicated, but I promise it’s safe, you don’t have to root your Kindle or anything, and WORDsearch runs beautifully. It’s just a way around the Amazon store which for whatever reason is taking forever updating its apps.

      http://www.examiner.com/article/the-kindle-fire-hd-and-lifeway-s-new-wordsearch-app

  3. Lifeway login is not working on Android app

  4. While its not yet available in the Kindle store, and not going into any details about that… (◔_◔) This version does, as far as I’ve been able to test it, work on the Kindle Fire HD 7″. In fact it works BEAUTIFULLY on the Kindle. If you’d like I’ll keep you guys up to date as I go…

    First initial reaction… This runs so much more smoothly than the iOS version. But that could be because I was using an iPhone 3Gs, and this device has dual processors and amazing WIFI.

    Second… I had NO IDEA my library was this huge, I’m finding books I had no idea I had. *lol*

  5. That’s great news. Thanks for all the hard work that’s gone into this.

  6. First impressions are definitely good. That said, the app definitely needs an option to choose where books are stored. I use a Galaxy Note 2. The app stores its books in the internal storage whereas I have a 32 GB external SD card which it doesn’t use.

    I would be happy to help your developers if they need any further information or tests.

    • I confess… I wish *everything* had that option. A lot of apps need it and don’t offer it, the Kindle Reader app for one example. I’m at 200 books, and thank God for the Cloud, between apps and music and everything else, an 8gig iPhone has no way of handling that. Shoot I’d settle for a “Send it back to Cloud” feature.

      That said I remember having a discussion with Drew Haninger several years ago about the difference between Olive Tree’s services and WORDsearch. At the time, they had no interest in putting their library on stationary devices like a PC or Mac platform, as Drew said, because “we always envisioned this being used for small group studies.” I told him he was missing out on a potentially huge audience in college students, especially people in Biblical Studies… for that no student is going to sit there and fiddle with their iPhone when WORDsearch can easily Copy/Paste data into their papers along with the correct Bibliographic format. (Note to WS; I kind of fibbed, anyone in college level Biblical studies writes their papers in SBL or Turabian, I might have missed it but I don’t think WS has that one… still, who else even has that feature?)

      I forget the name of the office manager but he also had his bachelors in Biblical Studies and completely agreed that he never used a mobile device for that. Oddly enough a year later they released a PC/Mac platform… but it still has nothing on WORDsearch’s capability.

      That’s why I think once they get these mobile apps fully developed, suddenly we’re going to see an impressive market shift. WS is probably far more powerful than your average Bible Study user needs, but add something like customizable reading plans similar to YouVersion’s app and you’re meeting those needs… make it so people can plan out how they want to review the works of the Church Fathers, or learn Greek, or use any number of other features of WORDsearch, and suddenly you’ve got, hands down, the most powerful and accessible product on the market.

      I guess that’s what got me invested over Logos, WS has a way of saying, “Come to us, all ye who don’t have $5,000 to start your digital library…” You’re free to build that how you want. Which could be said about other apps, but you can’t do with them what you can do with WORDsearch, not by a long shot.

      • Thanks for all the encouraging words, Michael! We actually do have Turabian citation, if you go to Options – Settings – Book Copy – Citation Style and choose Turabian, then click OK, you’ll have Turabian styles. Hope this helps!

        • See now that I’ve graduated… *lol*

          Actually it wouldn’t have mattered, I got into the habit of using EndNote as a citation manager. For some things it was a real challenge trying to find the precise published versions (I should have just called it an Online Media source or something) but I was far too use to supporting my challenging arguments with exact page numbers. It’s funny how it worked out too, some resources I already had on paperback in WORDsearch didn’t offer page numbers, while some I didn’t expect did offer them. Like Thayer’s Greek Lexicon. Man when I got into the study of Acts I was like Fox Mulder investigating Acts 27:14. There is a word there that scholars have debated but all sort of settled on “nor’easter,” a kind of Mediterranean swell… Between Thayer’s and “The Archaeology of the New Testament” I was able to argue archaeological evidence of the words existence in Greco-Roman pagan mythology, and that the purpose of the sea voyage narrative was to show Paul’s innocence according to Roman culture, but also to elevate the God of Paul far above the false gods of the pagan Romans he was being sent to. That was a fun paper. :)

  7. Glad it’s finally here. So far so good. Like KStock, would like to save books on SD card. Also would like to see split screen with multiple books. I would assume this is coming in future release. Thanks for all the work and providing it. I am using on Acer T500 tabet.

  8. I like the app but was wondering what happen to the NIV bible?

    • You probably have the study bible version… it doesn’t show up in Bible Translations, but just underneath under Study Bibles. Last I checked it was really difficult to navigate too, which kind of sucks… but then with the whole 2011 thing I couldn’t go electronic in my Bible studies anyway, we’d still be reading different bibles.

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