The Latest version of Torch – Tiny Flashlight 5.0.2 is update on 18 July 2014. The rapid growth and diversity of Android brought many challenges for app developers – many form factors, huge differences between low-end and high-end devices, users with distinct cultures and expectations. With over 200 million downloads Tiny Flashlight is one of the most popular Android apps. During the last 3 years I have experienced and solved almost all challenges related to Android’s popularity. Today I’m announcing the public release of Tiny Flashlight v5.0 Beta. Version 5.0 has been in the planning stage for the last year and a half. It is a complete rewrite and tries to solve the problems of the next generation of Android apps targeted at low-end devices and developing markets. A not so well known feature of Android is the ability of the OS to allow one application to load another application’s executable code, when certain security conditions are met. This opens a whole world of possibilities like creating different autonomous plugins for a given application. Tiny Flashlight v5.0 is a stripped-down version with only the most important functions included – starting the camera flash as a torch and using the screen light. Everything else can be added as a plugin from the market. Plugins are like normal applications, without self-executable code – they have to be used within Tiny Flashlight.
Full accessibility support. I have been surprised to find that applications with accessibility support are almost non-existent despite the excellent accessibility sub-system added in Android 4.1. I have decided to make Tiny Flashlight fully compliant and usable with touch-less navigation and the new touch-to-explore system. Tiny Flashlight will make speech notifications, when different events occur. This is very important for visually impaired users, who want to help their guiding dogs in the dark. Android eco-system integration Starting the camera LED has not been one of the easiest tasks, especially on older devices. I have received lots of requests from other developers to create a public API. The API has been completed and an open-source SDK will be released during the course of the Beta. It will be possible to create 3rd party widgets and plugins by other apps, which may need specific functionality like strobe light. Solving the different form-factors problem Tiny Flashlight v5.0 supports all possible Android device displays – from 240×240 to 1080p, while keeping the application file in under 1MB. This was made possible by using highly-optimized vector graphics for most visual assets. All user interface elements are dynamically generated for the specific device and the user almost never downloads extra assets, which are not used. Localization Localizing an application is one of the most important steps a developer should take for removing the barrier between the users and the interface of the application. The current stable version of Tiny Flashlight supports 43 different languages and with the stable release of v5.0 it will support more than 50. Also, every official plugin will be fully localized. Support for old Android devices There is a large number of old devices in Asia, which do not access Google Play and can’t be seen in the official statistics. I’m fully committed to backwards compatibility and v5.0 will support devices with Android 1.5 (Cupcake).
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.
Free flashlight app for your device! Incredibly simple and very useful. Will use your device’s camera LED / flash / screen as a torch.
- Bright flashlight / torch mode when using the device LED.
- Great and diverse screen lights.
- Widget with different layouts to choose from (including lock screen widget). Flashlight starts directly without launching Tiny Flashlight.
- Strobe / Blinking function with adjustable on/off intervals
- Morse code functionality with a Text to Morse code support.
- Beautiful layout and simple controls.
- Supports the widest range of devices with a camera flash. All for free.
- Small memory footprint, low battery and CPU consumption. Highly optimized.
- Best tablet flashlight
- LED Light – Uses your phone’s flash. Note that some devices don’t have a camera led. In this case the led flashlight option will be disabled.
- Screen Light – This is the basic white screen, which is bright enough for daily use. You can use it as your primary flashlight option in case your device doesn’t have a LED flashlight or you want to save some battery.
- Warning Lights, Police, Color, Strobe, Morse Code, Text to Morse – different light sources, which may be useful in many situations. Bright enough. You can change the brightness and the colors.
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