Ice Cream Sandwich may finally bring native screenshots to Android
posted by Michael H. / Oct 18, 2011, 12:30 AM
Screenshots have so far been relegated to certain manufacturer UIs like Samsung's TouchWiz, or to the root community through apps like Shoot Me. With Gingerbread, Google had built in the capability for developers to add the option of taking screenshots within an app, but there hasn't been options for system-wide screenshots. Now, it seems that we'll be able to do just that in ICS by simply pressing the power and volume down buttons.
Behind this process are two binaries: screenshot and screencap, which apparently existed in Honeycomb, but weren't hooked to a specific key combo. So, there we go, native screenshots will finally be in Android.
source: Android Police
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yayyy! bout time... now i know what it feels to be an isheep and always be late to the party... and oh yea.. 1st!
posted on Oct 18, 2011, 12:44 AM 3
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Oh Dirty, starting the fight early! haha This is an incredibly useful feature every once in a while. Glad to have it! Sammy has had it for a bit on some of their phones, but its good to see this will be incorporated in all of Android.
posted on Oct 18, 2011, 12:48 AM 2
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This will be really nice, actually. Granted, if you download the Android APK (I think that's what it's called) and have your phone synced with it on your computer, you can take screenshots without rooting or anything. It's how I was able to send those pics of my 1918 benchmark I got on the X after Gingerbread. :) But that process is just complicated enough to set up that I can see why you didn't include it. :)
posted on Oct 18, 2011, 1:12 AM 1
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hey Michael, i need to help u make a correction, I have the HTC Sensation 4G with T-mobile, i have native screenshots i can take within any app and outside of apps by simply holding the Power button and pressing the Home button. I actually just did it for my associate bc she didnt even know. so some android already has this functionality :)
posted on Oct 18, 2011, 12:58 PM 0
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