Flashlight 7

Flashlight 7 is a handy Windows Phone app that has been recently updated to Windows Phone 8. Flashlight 7 not only turns your Windows Phone screen into a flashlight but also utilizes the camera LED light to chase away the shadows.

The update, version 4.9, adds SOS LED support to the mix along with your standard flashlight feature using the LED or screen, a siren mode, a few color lights, the strobe light, a few mood lights, a kaleidoscope and a hypnosis screen. Some of the different light styles have directional arrows that pull up variations of the effects.

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Developer Interview: Gergely Orosz

This week, for our series of developer interviews, we're joined by Gergely Orosz who is an established developer with the likes of  AppFlow Cocktail Flow and Flashlight 7 under his belt. Head on past the break for the interview and to read up on his advice and thoughts on the Windows Phone developer experience as well as the platform itself from a consumer perspective.

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If you browse the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace under the Tools category, the one thing that stands out is the vast amount of flashlight apps that are present. If my count is correct (and I openly admit I may have missed one) there are thirty flashlight apps available.

Most, if not all, simply open a white screen that is bright enough to use as a light source. Some version come with options ranging from having the ability to turn on/off the light to having strobe or colored lights. Flashlight 7 offers a light pattern that spells S.O.S. in Morse Code as well as a police light (blue and red flashing) pattern.  Luckily there's enough variations with the thirty or so flashlight apps to keep them from getting boring.

These flashlight apps can come in handy. If you hunting for keys, the power goes out at the house and all you can find is your Windows Phone, if the kids need a nightlight for nighttime road trips, and other emergency or spur of the moment needs.

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