Here’s the only flashlight app you will ever need

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There are a zillion flashlight apps in Google Play, but I stumbled upon a really good one thanks to Ron Richards introducing it in the App Arena on TWIT TV’s All About Android show. It’s called Power Button Flashlight / Torch, and you’re probably already wondering what makes this better than any other flashlight app? A light is a light right? This one is all about how simple it is to turn on.

Turning on your flashlight is always a chore. You have to find the app, which is usually in the app drawer, and then you have to turn it on. Google has improved things by adding a built-in flashlight in Lollipop, while other manufacturers have offered the same. Still, you have to turn on your device, swipe down the notification panel, and press the flashlight icon. There has to be an even easier way right?


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Google’s Play Store eclipses Apple’s App Store in number of apps and developers for first time

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Given the differing business models being employed by Google and Apple in getting their mobile operating systems into the hands of consumers, it should be no surprise that despite a jump start by Apple, Google is ahead in many measures. Even in areas where Apple has a lead, Google is steadily marching toward dominance. An example of this occurred in 2014 according to app metrics tracking firm AppFigures whose latest numbers show Google’s Play Store has surpassed Apple’s store in terms of both number of apps and developers.
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Google lists their “must have” apps for Android devices

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Whether you are a new Android device owner trying to figure out where to start when it comes to apps or a long-time user that may be worried they have missed something along the way, Google hopes to help you out with a new list in the Google Play Store. Google has gone through the library of more than 1 million apps in their app store and created a list of 127 “must have” apps for Android.

Most of the apps on the list are free and many of them are the familiar apps you might expect like Netflix, eBay, Spotify, Hulu, or a variety of news sources. There are some others that you may not be so familiar with that may help you squeeze the most use out of your device as possible. To check out all the apps, just hit the source link.

How many of these have you installed? Do you think Google missed an app?

source: Google Play Store

Amazon’s offering $220 worth of Android apps for free up until December 26

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Amazon has just kicked off its Christmas Appstore promotion, which enables you to grab a possible $220 worth of applications for free. Many of this year’s must-have paid apps and games are included in the giveaway, such as Angry Birds Space, Colin McRae Rally, Djay 2, Fleksy Keyboard, Plex and many more.

Hit the break below to see a full list of content that’s available for free up until Friday, December 26.


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MSN apps now available for several platforms including Android

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Microsoft has announced that their family of MSN apps are now available for several new platforms and devices including Android, iOS and Amazon Kindle and Fire devices. The apps were already available for the desktop and for mobile Windows devices, so the reach is quite extensive now. MSN’s apps include MSN News, MSN Weather, MSN Sports, MSN Money, MSN Health & Fitness, and MSN Food & Drink. According to Microsoft, the apps were rebuilt from the ground up this past year for a “mobile-first, cloud-first world.”
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