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A Free Quran App with Nearly all the Features You Could Want
Review Date: Sept 29, 2014
Google Play Store Rating: 4.7
Developed by: Quran Android
Release Version: 2.5.8
An app that will give you the Arabic text of the Quran and a whole host of useful features on your Android device; that’s the Quran Android app in a nutshell. Quran Android is a free, open source app for Android that has most of the feature you could ever want or need in a Quran app.
Everything from transliteration, translations in several languages (English, French, German, Indonesian, Malay, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu, and more), tafsir (explanation), audio recitation, search mode, and more are available on this app. One notable feature not present is color coded tajweed (pronunciation rules).
Quran Android’s layout of the Arabic text of the Quran corresponds to that of a printed Madina mus’haf (print version). This is convenient when switching between reading in print and reading on the app. Even the page numbers and line numbers match. On larger Android tablets, this mode can displays two pages at a time. There is also the option of switching between landscape and portrait mode.
One feature of note that is not included in this app is color coded tajweed. Of course, this feature is not essential, but is an available option in other similar apps. Also, there is no pinch zoom, so in the Arabic text only mode, there are only two text sizes: portrait and landscape. However, this issue is somewhat addressed in the translation mode, where the Arabic text can be displayed and resized (See Translations for details and images).
MashaAllah, the app has several options for audio recitation of the Quran. Currently there are 15+ reciters, each of which recite ayah by ayah. Some of the notable reciters include: Abd El Basit, Husary, Minshawy, and many others. There is even an audio English translation (Ibrahim Walk). When the audio is played, the ayah that is being recited is highlighted in the text, thus enabling the user to follow along with the recitation. There is also a repeat ayah mode (still in beta test, according to the developer on the Google Play App page) that repeat the current ayah 1, 2, 3, or “infinity” times.
One thing to note, however, is that there doesn’t seem to be a mode of reciting without momentary pauses between ayat.
There are also text translations in many languages such as English (Sahih International, Mushin Khan & Hilali, Yusuf Ali, Pickthall), French, German, Indonesian, Malay, Spanish, Turkish, Bosnian, Russian, Bengali, Kurdish, Somali, Dutch, Swahili, Malayalam, Azerbaijani, Tamil, Urdu, Farsi, Chinese, and many others. The English translation is displayed ayah by ayah. There is no paragraph mode for displaying translations, so on smaller screens the translation must be scrolled through often. There is also an option to display the translation and Arabic text together. However, in this mode, the Arabic text is written using the Arabic font, not the calligraphy used in the Quran text only mode:
[Quran only mode] [Translation mode (Sahih International)] [Translation and Text]
In addition to having translations, the app also has tafaseer (explanations) of the Quran available. As of the writing of this review, the tafaseer all seem to be in Arabic, and include the tafaseer of Baghwy, Ibn Kathir, Muyassar, Qurtubi, Sa3di, Tabari, Tanweer, and Waseet.
The extra features in the Quran Android app include:
Night Mode (beta): This options makes a dark background and light fonts for easier-on-the-eyes reading in dark settings.
Search Mode: Enables you to search the translations, while giving you dynamic results as you type.
Volume Key Navigation: This option lets you navigate through the pages of the Quran using the volume keys on your Android.
Bookmarks: Lets you bookmark certain pages, and stores the page where you left off.
Marker Pop-up: This option makes a momentary pop-up upon reaching a juz’, hizb, etc. section.
Advanced Settings: Lets you choose where to store your downloaded content. This is particularly useful for storing audio recitation files, since they can be quite large onto external memory.
Download Amount: Lets you choose how much audio to download at a time. Options are page, surah, or juz.
The Quran Android app is one app that seems to have nearly every feature you could want in a Quran app for free. MashAllah, it has many convenient features like a standard Quranic Arabic layout and calligraphy, a plethora of reciters, ayah by ayah recitation, and more, which make it a pleasure to use. Some additional features that could be suggested are: English tafaseer, audio streaming without momentary pause in ayat, color coded tajweed, and a paragraph mode for translations. Another suggestion would be to make it available on the Apple app store. A great thing about this app is that is open source, so these features can be added inshaAllah!
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