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CNET Editors' review
Most Android flashlight apps are extremely simple: on and off. Some add battery meters. Then there's Nikolay Ananiev's Tiny Flashlight + LED. Like most of the others, it's free, though it does have ad banners. No big deal, because it's way more than just an LED flashlight for your smartphone. Like what? For starters, it includes a prominent battery meter. The illuminated, color-coded Power button glows green for on and blue for off. But tap the Options button, and Tiny Flashlight's awesome extras come to light.
We installed Tiny Flashlight in a new smartphone running Android Ice Cream Sandwich. We pressed the app's Power button, and our phone's LED lit up like a proper flashlight should. We moved on to Options, which includes the app's settings, such as a Shake on Lock Screen for the LED light, sound effects, and other general choices. The first light we could choose was the default flashlight, but the next one we tapped was a Screen Light. Turning it on illuminated our entire screen in bright white light, though not as bright as the LED. The outline of the Power switch remained visible. What's next? How about a Morse code flasher? Text to Morse flashes SOS or any message you want to type. Next up was something cooler still, a strobe light (with a warning that strobes can cause seizures in some individuals). The Warning Lights shows a high-res image of two yellow safety lights that flash in sequence. The Light Bulb changes background color when you swipe the screen, and tapping turns it on. The color light also changes color and brightness when you swipe up or down, filling the screen with a soft colored illumination you can vary continuously. Last but not least, the Police Light flashes red to blue. The Apps button leads to other downloads.
The only thing wrong with Tiny Flashlight + LED is battery life: With so many awesome lights to use, you might let your battery run down. The app's built-in battery meter is invaluable for preventing such unpleasantness. And don't get lost in the wilderness without the Morse code flasher!
From Nikolay Ananiev:
***************HUGE Holiday giveaway on Phandroid.com. Tiny Flashlight is one of the sponsors! You can win one of the 10 brand new unlocked Galaxy Nexus devices! http://phandroid.com/2011/11/24/holidroid-contest/***************Flashlight for your device! Incredibly simple and yet very useful flashlight application. Will use your device's camera LED as a torch.Tiny Flashlight is currently the best led flashlight app on the Android Market, because: - It supports the widest range of devices with camera led (flash) - It's also the brightest flashlight / torch on the market, because the camera led emits very intense light in the dark. - Has different widgets to choose from - Has great and diverse screen lights - Includes a color light - Has the best supportLight sources:============== * Camera LED light - Uses your phone's camera led (flash) to emit bright light. Note that some devices don't have a camera flash. In this case the led flashlight option will be disabled, but you can still use one of the screen lights. * Screen Light - This is the basic white screen light, which is bright enough for daily use. You can use it as your primary option in case your device doesn't have a camera led or you want to save the battery. * Warning Lights, Police Lights, Color Light, Strobe Light - Different light sources, which may be useful in many situations. You can change the brightness and the colors.Flashlight Widget:========Tiny Flashlight is one of the few applications on the market, which is free and has different widgets to choose from when the device has an option for a led light. Add a widget by tapping and holding on your main screen.Flashlight Permissions:============Why Tiny Flashlight needs so many permissions and how are they used:* TAKE PICTURES AND VIDEOS (CAMERA permission) - In order to start the camera led (flash) on some devices, Tiny Flashlight has to use a small part of the camera hardware and it needs this permission. Don't worry, I'm not taking any pictures or videos without your permission. Tiny Flashlight is just accessing the camera led (flash).* CONTROL FLASH LIGHT - This is the old method of accessing the camera flash on Android 1.5 and 1.6.*** As you know, Tiny Flashlight is free, but also is one of the best supported apps on the Android Market. Currently, this is the only app that supports almost all devices with camera led (flash) and fully supports all versions of Android (1.5, 1.6, 2.0, 2.1, 2.2, 3.0). This takes huge amounts of time and effort and in order for Tiny Flashlight to remain the best flashlight on the market, I have to use ads inside it.The following permissions are required by Google's own ad provider (Admob) and Millennial Media (the biggest independent ad network). Both are respected industry leaders.* INTERNET - Used to load ad info from their servers. Nothing more.* MODIFY/DELETE USB STORAGE - Temporary caches some ads on your SD Card. This method is used to save bandwidth.* READ PHONE STATE AND IDENTITY - Some Motorola devices have factory bugs. These devices don't have unique IDs and this became a problem for ad networks, because they can't function without it. There is a workaround for this problem by using the PHONE IDENTITY permission. This permission is used only for getting a unique id. Nothing more.Keywords:flashlight, torch, led flash light, strobe, brightest, , El feneri,Recent changes:***************HUGE Holiday giveaway on Phandroid.com. Tiny Flashlight is one of the sponsors! You can win one of the 10 brand new unlocked Galaxy Nexus devices! http://phandroid.com/2011/11/24/holidroid-contest/**************** Added partial support for tablets (landscape mode)* Added support for Samsung Exhibit 2* Added support for CyanogenMod 7 on Motorola Backflip* Added support for Samsung Galaxy W GT-I8150* New option in Settings - ask the user when exiting Tiny FlashlightContent rating: Everyone
What's new in this version: ***************HUGE Holiday giveaway on Phandroid.com. Tiny Flashlight is one of the sponsors! You can win one of the 10 brand new unlocked Galaxy Nexus devices! http://phandroid.com/2011/11/24/holidroid-contest/**************** Added partial support for tablets (landscape mode)* Added support for Samsung Exhibit 2* Added support for CyanogenMod 7 on Motorola Backflip* Added support for Samsung Galaxy W GT-I8150* New option in Settings - ask the user when exiting Tiny Flashlight
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