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Power Flashlight activates your torch with just 3 clicks of the power button

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Power Flashlight activates your torch with just 3 clicks of the power button
So, we've all been in situations where we'd suddenly find ourselves in the dark – be it due to a power outage, a malfunction, needing to cross an unlit area, or just looking for the light switch in an unknown place. Our phones' LED flashlights are, nowadays, a pretty common solution to such problems – in recent years, both iOS and various Android skins have had Torch functionality built-in, and for Android or WP users who don't have such an option on their phone – their platform's respective store is brim-packed with Torch apps, which have been amassing over the years.

Now, there is a small issue with 3rd party Torch apps, however – while a manufacturer-installed flashlight usually has a shortcut somewhere in the notifications drop-down, or another convenient and easily accessible place in the phone's UI, a 3rd party app leaves the responsibility of its icon placement to the user (and, most of the times, the choice is limited to either the home screen or the app drawer). Herein lies the problem – most of us don't need a Torch every day, so even if we download such an app, it will most certainly be pushed out of our home screens, to a place in the phone, reserved for much less used apps. And then, when we find ourselves in a dark spot, pulling activating the flashlight turns into a task a bit too slow and complicated for comfort.

Well, out of the bulk of flashlight apps in the Play Store, Power Flashlight allows the user to activate the LED with just 3 clicks of their phone's power button (when display is off – if display is on, you need to click 4 times). It is not the fastest-reacting app on the market, as it takes 2-3 seconds before the LED actually turns on, however, it could be an invaluable tool for quick reaction to sudden blackouts.

Now, the app is free, riddled with ads, and it doesn't allow you to turn the Torch off with the triple button tap until you shell out $0.99 for a “full” version – if you decide to keep using the free one, you will have to unlock your phone and enter the app each time you wish to turn the Torch off.

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via: Android Police

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posted on 05 Jan 2015, 04:03 3

1. Leo_MC (Posts: 2529; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Isn't the icon of the app an iPhone 4s with light comming out of it's camera?!

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 04:05

2. shaineql (Posts: 421; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Come on its CES and you keep posting flashlight articles , give me a break , nobudy cares , all major manufacturers have built in mechanisms much more practical than this.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 06:44

9. zwan99 (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Jan 2015)


CES is really great show, but can you tell us which are these manufacturers and what are the mechanisms that are more practical than this? Just from curiosity? Yet this is available to all phones, and does not even have to be rooted phones.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 04:59

3. xplayer57 (Posts: 33; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)


Well Samsung phones don't need such apps.... They have flashlight widgets built-in

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 05:55 3

4. yUlek (Posts: 57; Member since: 14 May 2014)


With that you can launch flashlight without looking at the phone, Its much handier than searching for a widget.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 06:08

5. shaineql (Posts: 421; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Samsung phones also have Hold volume up while device is locked to launch flashlight, and volume down to turn it off.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 06:41 1

7. zwan99 (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Jan 2015)


Which are these Samsung phones? Please enlighten us.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 06:42

8. zwan99 (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Jan 2015)


Agreed! This is much better than some widget, since you do not even have to look at the phone to start flashlight. Feels exactly as a real-world torch. Nice app!

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 08:31

11. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


the app aims to make the turning on of the flashlight a purely hardware-based affair.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 09:09

12. iyngr (Posts: 72; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)


All I do is draw a V shape on my One plus to bring up the FL.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 06:34

6. Moose (Posts: 411; Member since: 05 Jan 2015)


You are never totally in the dark as this blog implies. Your phone screen supplies more than enough light to fine any app no matter where you have it on your phone. I am quite content to do this rather than install an app like this.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 07:54 1

10. sanjjub (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Jan 2015)


Very good app.Working nicely on my galaxy s4. Assistive light widget on s4 is useful but to work, the phone should be unlocked. This really handy. Thanks phonearena.com for the information.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 09:43

13. Settings (Posts: 2308; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Oh yeah. More articles about flashlight apps. Whats next, level apps?

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