The Gospel Library and LDS Tools for Android Projects PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jason Hyer   
Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Jason HyerI receive a lot of e-mail messages asking about the Gospel Library and LDS Tools for the Android phones. A main concern found in many e-mails is why the Church favors the iOS products (Apple) over the Android system.

I chuckle each time I read this question because I know there is no preference for a given platform. The difference is that the iOS applications started development before the Android applications, and they have a very dedicated core of developers constantly trying to improve the apps.

What can you tell us about the development of the Gospel Library for the Android?

To enable us to quickly put an official Church app on the Android Market, we started with static content. This made the content available but prevented the user from managing or adding new content; it also limited our ability to add new content and features.

Last fall a group of developers started rebuilding the app to allow users to manage the content. Now a user can browse through the content library and choose what they want to download. If users don’t want an item, they can uninstall it later. Though the content has been uninstalled, it is available in the content catalogue and can be reinstalled.

The library is extensive and includes the official version of the scriptures, more than 20 years of general conference reports, more than 30 years of Church magazines, manuals for Sunday School, Priesthood and Relief Society, the Hymn book, the Children’s Songbook, and other Church publications. The library is also available in Spanish and German with other languages being added.

What is in the future for the Android Gospel Library?

We have some exciting plans for the Gospel Library. For example, the ability to sync highlighted passages, notes, and bookmarks with the Study Notebook on LDS.org is in the works. This will ensure personalized information will not be lost if a device has to be reset or transferred to a new device. Secondly, it will maximize the study time across multiple platforms. You can study part of a topic at home on your computer and later pick it up while waiting for an appointment or sitting at church.

One other feature we hope to implement later this year is the ability to add personal documents. This could be useful for adding items like patriarchal blessings, study schedules, or other material that can enhance your study. Stay tuned for progress and other future updates.

Are there any plans for the Android tablets?

The other exciting development is compatibility with Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) devices. We have made some initial efforts to maximize the use of the larger screens on devices such as the Motorola Xoom, the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and the T-Mobile G-Slate. Future enhancements will address other interface and usability features with these larger devices.

How does development for the Android Gospel Library differ from development for iOS?

A big difference between development for Android and iOS is the number of devices used by each operating system. Android has dozens of devices made by numerous manufactures, and our apps have to be stable on all of them. iOS has just two devices, the iPhone and iPad.

What are some of the challenges you’ve faced on this project?

Developing an Android app can be difficult, but it is challenging us to develop a more robust app. One of the biggest challenges has been re-engineering the application. It has required very skilled developers to make the changes. Many of the community members joined the project in the hopes of learning more about developing apps for Android, but their skill level wasn’t at the level we needed. As a project team we have recognized this challenge and hope to provide more opportunities for community members to learn about Android development by working in a team-oriented environment.

What are some of the highlight moments for you on this project?

The Gospel Library has been a huge success with over 230,000 downloads and over 210,000 active installations. The app has maintained nearly a five-star rating on the Android Market.

One of the roles I fill as the project manager is answering e-mails that ask for help with an application. At times it can be quite overwhelming. However, occasionally people send an e-mail thanking us for the work we do, and telling us how much of a blessing the Gospel Library is in their lives.

I volunteered for the project manager position when I was out of work and needed something positive to focus on.

What needs does your project have right now?

The project continues to need skilled Android developers. As mentioned above, we have many people that want to participate, but we need people who have solid experience developing apps for Android and are willing to share that experience to help develop others.

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If you would like to get involved in the Android Gospel Library and Android LDS Tools projects, sign in with your LDS Account in the sidebar, and then click Projects at the top. From the Projects subtab, scroll down and click Gospel Library for Android or LDSTools for Android in the left column. Then click Join.

 

Comments  

 
# Raul B. 2011-10-15 21:07
I have the gospel library in my android, before July I was able to read the scriptures in spanish, but it seems that they are not available in other languages anymore, is this correct?
 
 
# Jason H 2011-12-06 16:28
I apologize for the delayed response. The app still allows different languages. You will need to refresh content in order to see all languages available again. We will also be releasing an update within the next couple of weeks that will include many enhancements including being able to sync your highlighting and notes with LDS.org.
 
 
# Ron S. 2011-11-21 10:48
You mentioned Gospel Library app for Android 3.0. What about Android 2.3, will it possibly downward compatible? I have a Coby Kyros 8125-4G.

Thanks.
 
 
# Jason H 2011-12-06 16:37
Gospel Library is backward compatible with Android versions back to 1.5. We are also beginning to look at how we can utilize the features in Android 4.0
 
 
# Trudy 2012-06-30 21:01
I just got a coby kyros 7042-4 it has an android 4.0 is that the reason I cannot get the gospel library to work it says it is incompatible does it not work with any 4.0 system? if not is it going to work in the near future?
 
 
# Jereme 2012-12-03 19:14
From what I have seen and or tried, the Google App store does not recognize the device. In turn we are not able to download the Gospel Library. I have tried other Android application stores to get the Library.

A simple downloadable version would be suffice instead of using the Google app store.
 
 
# April M 2011-12-23 13:52
Were you able to download it? I have a Coby Kyros 7022 and have been trying to figure out how to download it, it says it isn't compatible with my device. Any ideas?
 
 
# Sandy W 2011-12-15 14:47
I have the Gospel Library app on my iPod, and recently ran into a bug where all the letters on each line run together into the first character of the line, so I can't read anything. This is happening across different sections--scriptures, music, etc. Has anyone else reported this bug? I can send a screen shot if needed, but I can't figure out how to fix it. Thanks!
 
 
# Sandy W 2011-12-15 14:48
I have the Gospel Library app on my iPod, and recently ran into a bug where all the letters on each line run together into the first character of the line, so I can't read anything. This is happening across different sections--scriptures, music, etc. Has anyone else reported this bug? I can send a screen shot if needed, but I can't figure out how to fix it. Thanks! (sandyswhite AT gmail DOT com)
 
 
# nanette d 2012-06-08 07:00
I have been using LDS Gospel library on iPod and recently bought an Android tablet. Is there a way to access the study notebook from the LDS Gospel library android app?
 
 
# MOJ 2012-07-12 06:56
I am having trouble with the Sync feature, and I'm not sure where to address it. Recent changes I've made in my Study Notebook are NOT appearing in my Android app. I've uninstalled and reinstalled, but it hasn't solved the problem. Not sure what else to try.

I am running app version 2.2.1.2 (build 20120613-1612) on Android OS 2.3.6 (Gingerbread). The device is a Samsung Galaxy SII (Model number SGH-T989).

Contact me at my Gmail address: the username in the address (before @gmail.com) is markojarvis.
 
 
# sb 2012-12-28 22:21
I use gospel library on an ipad as well as on an android phone. The last time (about a year ago) I tried to sync my library on both the phone and the ipad, the links, marks, and notes got jumbled up. Some references were marked twice, some notes were duplicated, etc. Do you know if this issue has this issue been resolved? I would like to sync my phone again, but am afraid to lose information on my ipad.
Thank you for all the work you put into this great app.
 
 
# sb 2012-12-28 22:26
One more question... I tried to categorize all of my notations on lds.org. Once I did this, the document titles showed up in my ipad notebook, but the actual references aren't there—just several carots under each heading that I created on lds.org. Am I doing something wrong, or is the app not yet able to list the references under the categories?
Thanks again
 
 
# oorchard 2012-12-30 09:05
Does anyone know if there is a way to get the LDS Gospel Library app on the Colby Kyros? It runs on Android 4.0, but the device is not recognized by the Tootle Play store and the app is not available in Colby's GetJar app store. Any assistance or help greatly appreciated.
 
 
# Greg Turner 2013-01-09 21:17
You must first download and install the Amazon AppStore app from amazon.com, then you can install these LDS apps from the Amazon Appstore. Google Play isn't compatible with some versions of Coby Kyros.
 
 
# Jerrimie A. Arrieta 2013-01-11 20:40
How can I download the amazon appstore?I guess it is not present in the getjar? Please help ...Tnx so much...
 
 
# Jerrimie A. Arrieta 2013-01-11 20:38
Oorchard we have the same problem , Had you figured it out? Please inform me if you already get the remedy of this problem. Tnx so much....
 
 
# Oorchard 2013-03-19 19:57
Jerrimie -Don't know if you figured it out, but I was able to by following the link provided by Greg Turner (see his most recent post below) to the Amazon app store. I installed the Amazon app store and was able to install LDS Gospel Library, LDS Tools, and other apps. They installed and worked fine. Just click on the link and follow the instructions. Good luck!
 
 
# Linda M Allington 2013-01-09 17:02
I adore Gospel Library but have a problem. I just got an Samsung Note 2 and downloaded Gospel Library. When I launch the app I get an error stating that it cannot synch. Then if I try to manually synch, I get the Same error message. None of the annotations + Made previously on my tablet show up either but they are there Online and on my Motorola Xoom tablet. How do I get my Samsung Note 2 to synch without error "messages ?
Thanks for all you do!
Linda Allington
ssgnowl@hotmail .com
 
 
# Jerrimie A. Arrieta 2013-01-11 20:34
Please Brethren help me , I just bought a coby kyros tablet with Android 4.0 for the purpose of having the Gospel Library but i got disappointed because I cannot download
it. What should I do Brethren and Sisters?
 
 
# Greg Turner 2013-01-21 21:08
To install Amazon AppStore, open your Android web browser to the following:

www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000626391

then, simply follow the instructions.

Good luck!
 

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