The Gospel Library for Feature Phones Print E-mail
Written by Gary Lee Davis   
Friday, 04 November 2011

 

If you live on the Philippine island of Mindoro, you likely speak Tagalog. It’s also likely that one day you will be able to download the Gospel Library in your native language on your cell phone.

More than five billion people in the world have access to cell phones, also called feature phones. Although the Gospel Library app is available for Apple, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows smartphones, a good majority of the world’s population do not have smartphones.

The goal of the Gospel Library for Feature Phones project is to make the Gospel Library available to feature phone users. Hal Rushton, project manager for this effort, says that when he first came to work for the Church, he noted that there were lots of good applications for high-end smartphones but few for regular feature phones. Given his experience developing games for cell phones, Hal looked for ways to put the Gospel Library app on cell phones.

Hal says, “We can get the Gospel Library in nearly every language, in nearly every tongue, and in nearly every place in the world via cell phones. There’s no publishing cost for that—just the difficulty of making an app that is compatible for the thousands of different cell phone models and platforms.”

The earliest cell phones had no operating systems. They were simply telephones. But nearly all mobile phones manufactured today have Java-enabled technology, which means they have the capability to download content.

Another challenge lies in educating users about what’s available and how to access it. Most people don’t know how to download new applications to their cell phones. We need training, awareness, and instruction about how to download and install these apps for the variety of cell phone platforms and carriers.

Despite the challenges, the team is making progress. The J2ME and Symbian beta versions of the Gospel Library are currently available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, and Samoan. You can download them here.

Hal encourages those with a J2ME or Symbian phone—especially people outside the United States—to give the beta versions a try and let him know how they perform.

If you have technical experience and would like to help, you can also join the project. (To join, click the Projects tab and navigate to the Gospel Library for Feature Phones project; then click Join.)

Hal says the ultimate goal of the Gospel Library for Feature Phones project is to help the gospel reach many more people. Not only will the app give members have increased access to the scriptures, it will also help non-members download and investigate gospel-related materials.

 

Comments  

 
# Luis Arturo Zegarra Marcelo 2011-11-06 00:14
Hi, I live in Peru and I am actually working on Qt to have the scriptures and hymn book in spanish for symbian phones. I am using QML for its simplicity. I would like to have contact with the person who is working in this so I can contribute with some ideas, I am a native spanish speaking person, so I can help with the translation and I am also an engineer. So I can help with the code too. Please contact me my mail is arkoz84(at)gmai l.com or ext-arturo.zegarra(at)noki a.com I work for Nokia. So I have access to many devices for testing purposes too.
 
 
# Betsy 2011-11-08 11:19
this would be awesome! I have an ipod touch that I use at church, but it would be great to have the gospel library on my no smart phone, too!
 
 
# Betsy 2011-11-08 11:53
I tried and my Lotus Elite will not allow me to download from the links provided. I also tried to install to my memory card and it would not open. I'm going to work on it some more...
 
 
# Hal Rushton 2011-11-08 16:35
Betsy, That is interesting info. if you could e-mail me at h.rushton@ldschur ch.org and let me know who your carrier is, that would be helpful.
 
 
# Betsy 2011-11-09 17:10
I sent you an email at the address you provided.
 
 
# G. S. Giauque 2011-11-08 14:52
I would like to download the French, but not to a phone, but rather just to a computer. Can that be done, please ?
 
 
# Jason_ 2011-11-10 12:21
I have a new LG Rumor Touch on Sprint and when I go through the phone's web browser to install it bring's up error code "906 Invalid Descriptor-Length (MIDlet-Vendor), Issue has been reported"
 
 
# Betsy 2011-11-10 20:36
that is exactly what mine says
 
 
# Hal Jay Rushton 2011-12-03 20:18
I made a change to get this to work. If you get a chance, please give it a try again.
 
 
# Shamola Fredrick 2011-11-29 02:46
What a great platform to view the church media while doing anything in the world. I can watch conference, talks, articles and listen to inspiring music while am doing my work or even when traveling just because of this great technology. How blessed we are!
 
 
# Bart 2011-12-11 19:22
My Gospel Library suddenly stopped displaying properly. All the lines in each verse combine into one line, so I have a few hundred letters all on one line, then a space where the verse ought to be, then another line with a few hundred characters all on top of one another, and so forth. It does it in scriptures, manuals, conference -- everything. iPhone 3G, os 4.2.1 (8C148). I've deleted and re-downloaded several times. Help! What can I do to fix it? Thanks.
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2011-12-12 08:49
Bart, the best place to troubleshoot problems like this is the LDSTech Forum at https://tech.lds.org/forum. I don't have advanced knowledge of this app to troubleshoot it.
 
 
# Hal Jay Rushton 2011-12-12 21:42
If you are running Gospel Library on and iPhone 3g, that is part of the Gospel Library for iOS project (NOT a feature phone). The bug you reported has been fixed on a new version that has been submitted to the App store. In the interim, if you enter the settings and allow the screen to rotate you should be able to get it to repair itself.
 
 
# Jason_ 2011-12-15 10:48
I just wanted to let you know that I was able to download it now and it is working. There are a few bugs but I can work around them. I just really appreciate that someone took the time to work on this. Thanks!
 
 
# Jason_ 2011-12-15 10:49
I just wanted to let you know that I was able to download it now and it is working. There are a few bugs but I can work around them. I just really appreciate that someone took the time to work on this. Thank You!
 
 
# Josue 2011-12-20 23:52
Yo tengo un celular samsung s3350 y no he podido encontrar una aplicacion para tener la biblioteca de la iglesia en el
 
 
# ernie wain 2012-01-04 00:52
hi guys i had the origional palm pre and i downloaded gospel library on to iti love it but now i upgraded my phone to a hp palm pre 3 and i cant get it to download to my phone?? is there any way i can get it to work or is there another version that would go on my phone, i realy do love that on my phone its invaluable to me, thanks for your time guys ernie wain ernie.wain@sky.com
 
 
# Randy Hoffman 2012-02-21 08:45
How do we even find out what our phone can support?
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2012-02-21 08:59
Randy, what kind of phone do you have? The links mentioned in this email are the only instances of Gospel Library for feature phones that I know of.
 
 
# Chris Heim 2012-04-18 08:13
I just bought a LG Rumor Reflex, and do not have a data plan with Sprint. I've never had the scriptures on my phone before, but would love to be able to access it if it is possible. I'm not a tech-savvy person at all. Can anyone walk me through it?
 
 
# Kendall Purser 2012-06-04 23:29
Just installed on my LG800g tracfone with no problems. Totally pumped to take it for a spin. If I knew Java better I would volunteer to help develop, but I am still quite green.
 
 
# Axel Torres 2012-10-27 09:15
I really want the gospel library app for my Nokia N9 (Meego OS). How can I install the app for my phone? axltrrs@live.com
 
 
# ken stanfield 2013-02-05 11:58
I bought a Kindle Fire, so I could read and especially to "listen" to my scriptures on it... I suddenly can't listen to them anymore... what happened to the "listen" feature in Gospel Library for Kindles? I wish I knew who to call for help, the Church tech dept. or Amazon Kindle??? Does anyone have any solutions? Thank you! "pamelastanfield @yahoo.com"
 
 
# Mike Jones 2013-02-28 12:54
Quoting ken stanfield:
what happened to the "listen" feature in Gospel Library for Kindles?


The ability to listen to scriptures did not disappear on the Kindle, but the icon you're used seeing to may have. If you don't see the triangle "play" button, just go into the menu and tap on "Media". Also, there is a updated release pending for the Kindle store that will bring the icon back so it's visible in the action bar.
 
 
# Grandel 2013-02-28 09:57
Is the Gospel Library App available in LG T375 phone? I wanted to have the App but I can't download it. Please help me thank you.
 
 
# Hal Rushton 2013-02-28 11:26
The feature phone version of the scriptures are available https://tech.lds.org/dl/gljme. Please contact me (h.rushton@ldschur ch.org) if you would like help getting it on your device.
 
 
# J. Ken Fette 2014-01-03 10:25
I'm wondering what happened to feedback and updates on the Windows Phone 8... It's been since September of 2013 that we've received any updates. Just a reply to explain what's happening would be appreciated. I recognize you're stretched to the limit but there are many people that have talent in this area and would be happy to contribute but no one has asked. Please let us know what's happening with WP-8 Thank You for your time and effort, Regards Ken Fette fettejk@Gmail.com
 
 
# Sara TF 2014-01-12 16:19
I´m a volunteer of Response Team on lds.org and receive lots of complaints that Windows Mobile is given much less atention. That there´s very poor updates, specifically in Portuguese. Would you please have a look on it? Thank you.
 

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