09/17/2018 in: App Tipson
During a meeting a few months ago, the head of our development team showed us a chart. But this was not a normal chart. A gamut of colors, lines, and words, mostly indiscernible to non-developers, filled the screen like a jumbled mess of colorful spaghetti. This, we were told, is our new goal. After many pots of coffee, inspirational meetings, and finally putting a legend on the chart, a brand-new feature emerged from this tangled web: Olive Tree audio Bibles and books.
After months of hard work, we have finally released this new feature in our app.
You can get this new feature as soon as the update hits your device.
For iOS devices, you’ll need to have iOS 10 or higher.
For Android, you’ll need to be running 5.0 or higher.
But, like most things we do, we want to go above and beyond expectations. We don’t want people to use our app to only read the Bible. We want people to study the Bible. So, why would our audio experience only consist of listening to the Bible? That would be too easy.
Here are 10 ways the Olive Tree audio feature will raise the bar.
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1) WHERE DO YOU WANT TO START?
If you’ve tried to listen to the Bible in an app not built by Christians, for Christians, then you know the pain of always starting audio at the beginning of a chapter (or worse, the beginning of a book!). What if you want to start at verse 43?
Enter Olive Tree’s verse-level navigation for audio Bibles. With the same familiarity of choosing where you want to start reading the Bible, you can choose where to start listening.
2) SPEAKING OF READING…
Want to read as you listen? No problem. We’ll have the verse display on your device while the audio is running so you can read along.
3) PICK UP THE PACE
You get to be in charge of how fast or slow the audio plays. Speed controls can get those slow-talking narrators to pick up the pace.
4) TAKE YOUR PICK
We have been working hard to get some of the best audio Bibles and books out there. Our store currently has over 12,000 different digital books and resources, and we are equally dedicated to providing as much quality, audio content as possible.
Here are some of our favorites:
5) BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: STREAMING & DOWNLOADING
Most audio apps offer either streaming or downloading. A survey of our users taught us that having both options is the crowd favorite. So, we decided to give the people what they want.
We’ll even let you download individual books of the Bible to conserve space. We wouldn’t want you deleting all those cute pictures of your dog from your phone.
6) KEEP YOUR FAVORITES
Want to remember your favorite parts without scrolling through audio? Easy. Create a bookmark or short clip of the audio for safekeeping.
7) SWITCH IT UP
You’re free to stop listening and later continue where you left off. You shouldn’t have to start over just because you began listening on your iPhone in the car and can’t start again until tomorrow.
8) LISTEN SAFELY IN THE CAR
Want to listen while you drive? We’ve included a driving mode that provides you with an easy-to-tap design. Being in God’s Word is important, but we would hate for you to be distracted behind the wheel.
9) LISTEN WHILE STUDYING
If you’re a multi-tasker, you’ll love this feature. Using audio in our app won’t prevent you from accessing all your other resources. Instead, continue opening maps, comparing translations, reading commentaries, and taking notes.
10) ALL IN ONE PLACE
Lastly, this feature is added to our already popular, free app: the Olive Tree Bible App. There won’t be a separate app for audio. We want to keep everything easy to access, all in one place.
See all the new audio Bibles and books available on our store!