PocketBible for Android 1.0.9 – Bookmarking

Posted on: October 4th, 2013 by Michelle Stramel 26 Comments

PocketBible for Android version 1.0.9 has been released on the Google Play Store. If you downloaded the app from Google Play, you should be automatically updated. If you are using a Kindle Fire (or other non-Google Play device), you can download the latest version by browsing to http://lpb.cc/android while on your device.

The major new features in 1.0.9 are the ability to add bookmarks to verses and a new navigation menu. The full list of features includes:

  • Bookmark Bible verses. Organize bookmarks with categories you define. Sync bookmarks with the Laridian cloud.
  • Navigation menu for easy access to downloading books, settings, etc. Additional side panel added for tablets.
  • Double-tap for full screen
  • Improved verses selection
  • Multi-user installation

The new bookmark feature is available from the contextual action bar (where you are already able to highlight). When you tap on a verse, you’ll have the option to highlight or bookmark. Bookmarks can be viewed from the navigation menu or side panel (for tablets). Tapping on the PocketBible icon (upper left) will give you quick change options on the navigation menu.

More features are planned for PocketBible for Android including note-taking, daily reading progress tracking and enhanced searching. Take our survey and let us know which of these planned features are of most interest to you.

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26 Responses

  1. Paul says:

    Great work, keeps getting better and better.

    Something I forgot to mention in the survey, I wouldn’t mind have a screen rotation lock in the Control settings.


  2. William Greene says:

    Thanks for the upgrade. I am still waiting for the features currently available on my old PocketPC. I specially miss “Find,” “Lookup,” “sync to verse” , “View in all Bibles” and “View in all commentaries.” I assume that you are working on all the original PocketBible features.

  3. Bruce Gilliland says:

    Ditto to William Green’s comments. I did not have space in the survey, but my request would be, to the extent possible, restore the features and functionality we had in PB for Windows Mobile (PB 4) that have not already been added to PB Android. Plus I believe there are some features in the iPhone/iPad version we do not have yet in the Android version. I hope to see some of those soon.

  4. Chris McLoughlin says:

    I have to say, still have lag issues on my Samsung Galaxy S3 on AT&T running Android 4.1.1. All books are running off device memory, so it’s not that they’re installed on an external memory card. Love Android as an OS but PocketBible not running well is really the only advantage iOS has over Android for me. Hope this lag issue gets fixed. As I understand it, other Android devices don’t have this same issue. I guess worst case scenario, come next year when I have a phone upgrade, the lag issue goes away!

  5. Jeff Roberts says:

    Craig and the team, thanks. I’ve lived without myBible for a few years since Android started taking over and Palm got stupid and died. I was sad that you couldn’t commit at that time to the platform, who could see the techno changes coming? So I found a way to live without, I thought. I found another app which I used for a couple years, but talk about cumbersome…finally the ESV free came out, praise God. But very limited features. Today, I grabbed the app from the Playstore, and within minutes I had my password, and a few minutes more, IT’s BACK!! I had forgotten how wonderful this is, how much I missed it….thank you. You probably usually get yelled at, which is kind of where we left off maybe 4 years ago…so time to appreciate. Great stuff.

  6. Jeff Roberts says:

    Only comment in using it so far is that I’d love to see some of the verse in Search results. To just see the list doesn’t help much. If you use the ESV app, you’ll see what I mean.

  7. Chris McLoughlin says:

    Wow Michelle, thanks for the quick reply! I find the lag to be when trying to select different bibles, commentaries or books and verses within a bible. Initial app startup is also slow. Since there’s nothing more annoying than a general complaint about a perceived slowness, I’ll post a link to a video I’ll take so you can see for yourself

  8. Wayne says:

    I’m not sure if this is the right place to ask questions on how to use PB for Android, so if it’s not please direct to the correct place. I’ve been using PB for PPC for over 10 years now and it’s my sole source of study. It’s simply the most outstanding program.

    My question: how do you select words in a verse to copy to a another program?

    • Jon Grose says:


      If you hold down on the word you want to select, a contextual action bar will probably come up giving you options like “copy”, “search the web”, “select all”, etc. However, this is completely up to the phone, and we do not directly control the process. Generally on phones that run Android 4.0 and above do an OK job of being able to select individual words. If this doesn’t work for you, it is probably not a feature of your device.

      Eventually we want to control this function a little more so that even older devices can select words and do things with selected text like “look up in dictionary”, and “search”. This is a long ways off, and we have a lot to add before we would get around to it.

      In the mean time we are right now adding the ability to copy or share selected verses. This will not give you the same level of control as selecting individual words, but it will be a great step in that direction.


  9. Wayne says:

    Thanks Jon for your reply. The actions you describe work in all my other apps, but not PB for Android. So you can actually select text in your PB for Android?

    • Jon Grose says:


      If you are asking if I am able to select text on my devices then the answer is yes. I have a Galaxy Nexus and a Nexus 7 that both work great with text selection. I also have a first generation Kindle Fire that does not natively support text selection.

      If you are asking if we support text selection in our app, then the official answer is that we don’t do anything to support text selection at the word level. Some devices work with this and some don’t. If you are running Android version 4.0 or above you are likely able to do so, but no guarantees. Even in 4.0 there are still a few quirks in text selection that get ironed out in 4.1/4.2.

      In the next update (1.1.0) we WILL support text selection at the verse level.

  10. wayne says:

    Thanks Jon for the answer! Much appreciated.

  11. Ernie says:

    new navigation menu. The full list of features includes:
    Bookmark Bible verses. Organize bookmarks with categories you define. Sync bookmarks with the Laridian cloud.
    Navigation menu for easy access to downloading books, settings, etc. Additional side panel added for tablets.

    Double-tap for full screen

    I tried to do this but it just covers the tool bar but does -not- maximize single windows–is it supposed to? Would really like it to do it like the windows desktop version does it. Good job on the program so far.

    • Jon Grose says:


      Double tap does not enlarge any of your panes, just hides the status bar and action bar. Good idea though, I will take it under advisement.

  12. Bruce Gilliland says:

    Version 3 for iOS is the big news, but can we see something on Android 1.1.0 that I just updated to on my phone?

  13. Bruce Gilliland says:

    RE: Ernie’s request for a full screen view. I concur. However, I don’t know what finger actions are left that could be used. Double-tap is taken as Jon noted. Currently, using the split-screen feature to return to one screen always displays the top or first screen. If there was some way to display the active screen instead, that would accomplish what Ernie wants. My old Windows Mobile phone is long dead, so I cannot recall how we switched to full-screen from multi-screen (multiple books open) in PB4 for Windows Mobile. The PB for Windows uses an icon in the menu/action bar.

  14. Ernie says:

    Jon Grose says: “tabbed version of panes”

    You already have tabs of a sort, tapping the top of the windows, tabs would be much easier to use. But when you have 5 windows open, it’d be real helpful to be able to tap/long tap/button to maximize a single pane so as to make it easier/quicker to read.

  15. Bruce Gilliland says:

    Michelle, I spoke too soon. I got the update notification from Google Play some time before Jon’s post on the blog, so I had already installed and tested the update before the posting appeared.

    Jon, you have mentioned tabs before, but I had forgotten that. PB is very useful. I was highlighting and bookmarking scriptures in a Bible study class Wednesday night on my phone. But all those features you had in PB4 for Windows Mobile spoiled me. I want all those fancy iPad screen shots on my Android tablet. 🙂

    Just remember: Nothing is impossible – for those who don’t have to do it.

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