- Tiny Flashlight + LED: brighten up your day with your phone’s camera flash
- Arcis: a arcade/tower defense mix
- FlightTrack Free: the best-looking flight tracking software out there
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Apps for August 10, 2012
The future is now: with Tiny Flashlight + LED, you can live the dream. It’s an ad-supported app that allows you to use your camera’s built-in flash module as a flashlight. I’ve never seen anything more futuristic than this!
Tiny Flashlight is one of a number of apps that is designed to perform this exact task. It’s not exactly a revolutionary idea, either, but it’s still useful on any given day. It can use both your camera’s flash module and simply your LCD screen as ways to light your path. Obviously, the camera flash is magnitudes brighter than the screen, but if your phone doesn’t have flash, it’s a nice stopgap.
It’s actually more than a flashlight, too. Tiny Flashlight can flash in patterns, enabling you to turn your phone into a strobe light, a police-style light, send morse code, and more. Overall, Tiny Flashlight is a pretty useful flashlight app, but there’s nothing really too special about it.
Download size: 1.3MB
There are billions of different takes on the tower defense genre, and if you’ve grown bored of them all, I’ve got good news: a new one has arrived. Arcis is a free tower defense game in which you must build walls and towers to defend the central tower.
Arcis is different from other tower defense games. Rather than being entirely place-and-go, it lets you go into the central tower and control it yourself. There’s no longer any waiting around for the wave to be over, as you’re busy controlling your tower. Of course, there’s more than just the central tower. There’s a total of three other types of towers, and each can be upgraded multiple times.
Overall, Arcis is a fun little arcade/tower defense mix. Unfortunately, it did not work properly on my Samsung Vibrant, but worked great on my other devices. It’s definitely still a work in progress, but is already quite fun.
Requires: Android 2.3.3+
Download size: 7.9MB
Tracking flights used to suck. Airlines that have built-in viewscreens appear to have bought said screens in the mid 1980s, and any apps designed to replace them have utterly failed to update their fantastically horrible user interface. FlightTrack Free is different: it’s had effort put into making it look nice, and it certainly paid off. It’s a beautiful flight tracking app for anyone who needs to track a flight.
FlightTrack Free allows you to see the semi-real time path of given flights as they’re in the air. They’re shown on a beautiful rendition of Google Maps, and at the same time, can show you the arrival time. You can also go to the flight screens to track multiple flights at once. If you’re looking to upgrade, it’s unfortunately not clear what features FlightTrack Free is missing over FlightTrack or FlightTrack Pro, and both other versions are significantly more out of date than FlightTrack Free.
In short, FlightTrack Free is a great little app for showing you exactly where a flight currently is in the world. It can give you arrival times, gate numbers, baggage lane numbers, and more in one great-looking, well-designed interface. If you’re looking for a flight-tracking app, FlightTrack Free is it.
Requires: Android 2.3+
Download size: 5.1MB
[via Android Police]
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