[jsword-devel] Android bible

Martin Denham mjdenham at gmail.com
Fri Jul 2 04:10:36 MST 2010


I have built a working prototype of a bible for Android mobile phones.  The
prototype uses a slightly modified JSword back-end.  You can download the
prototype from http://code.google.com/p/and-bible/downloads/list.  You need
to manually copy the contents of SdcardBibles.zip to your Android's sdcard
prior to installing AndBible.apk

You can

   1. view a chapter at a time in bible page format
   2. select a book: ESV bible, WEB bible, Hebrew bible, JFB commentary,
   Barnes commentary by pressing a tool-bar button
   3. select a bible book chapter by pressing a tool-bar button
   4. swipe left for next chapter or right for previous
   5. search for words in the current book - press search button
   6. click a search result to go to the appropriate chapter

Testing has been done on Android 1.6, 2.1, and 2.2.  On a G1 performance is
okay but there are some pauses.  If the chapter is big e.g. Ps 119 and most
commentary pages there may be a long pause.  I am planning some performance

Android 2.2 has excellent support for JSword but unfortunately
java.xml.transform.* was only introduced in version 2.2 so I had to switch
from xslt to sax for html creation for the screen.  Earlier Android releases
also appear to have issues with dynamic class loading so I had to make some
changes to JSword source for this prototype build.  I also made a memory

Best regards
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