Ice Cream Sandwich may finally bring native screenshots to Android

Ice Cream Sandwich may finally bring native screenshots to Android
The big reveal for Ice Cream Sandwich is happening tomorrow, but as always, that won't stop us from giving you some new info tonight. There is new word coming from Android Police that Ice Cream Sandwich will finally be getting native screenshots. 

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.

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12 Comments

1. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

yayyy! bout time... now i know what it feels to be an isheep and always be late to the party... and oh yea.. 1st!

4. Yeeee

Posts: 190; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

Finally I wanted to root my phone just for this

2. GoodFella

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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.

3. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

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. :)

5. Phullofphil

Posts: 1762; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

It is like the screen shot on my iphone i jailbroke. Hit power and home. That method is by far the best. Shaking kind of changes the screen alot i noticed on scrolable pages with certian apps

6. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

Yeah thats cool

7. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Last month SE's 2011 xperia lines was graced with this said ability, kinda cool and most of all usefull, nice it'll be implemented in the ICS update. . .

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

it definitely has its "show off" uses. not a major deal but glad its finally gonna be native. ive always had it since every phone ive had has been rooted.. lol

9. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

The Epic Touch has this with Gingerbread. Just push the power and volume down buttons. :)

10. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Boring... My EVO 3D has been doing it since the device launched. Power button + Home button for a screen shot capture.

11. android_hitman unregistered

i really would like to finally connect to ad-hoc WIFI networks ...

12. TMobileRep_52_SwaaaG

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

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 :)

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