Oct 18 AT 8:39 AM Nick Gray 25 Comments

Native screenshot capabilities to be unveiled with Android 4.0


As we get closer to the unveiling of Ice Cream Sandwich and Google’s new Nexus device, we’re slowly getting more details about the upcoming software update. The latest bit of news to surface is that Ice Cream Sandwich will feature native screenshot capabilities. Simply press the Volume Down + Power buttons and your phone will save a .png image of your screen to your image gallery for safekeeping.

While many of us have been enjoying screenshots on our devices since the original G1, root access or a PC connection have typically been required. Recently, manufacturers have shipped handsets that sport screenshot capabilities right out of the box, but this would be the first time Google will bake this new capability right into the source code for phones.

Taking screenshots isn’t the most exciting thing in the world, but we’ll take all the new features we can get. What other new capabilities are you hoping Google will be unveiling tonight with Ice Cream Sandwich?

Source: Android Police

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://varemenos.com/ Varemenos

    Video capturing would actually be interesting.
    Screenshot taking is just already old in rooted devices.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Totally agree. If you have root access, try out ShootMe which does video capture. The frame rate is super slow (less than 10 fps) but it’s a simple way to create a short video if you want to show off an app and you don’t have a camera handy.

      • @neidlinger

        Screen cast take 30fps video of the screen.

        Yes it’s real working video of your screen.

      • fatspirit

        ShootMe doesn’t work anymore (at least on my Desire) and even has been pulled from market by the author.

    • Ryan

      But not everyone wants or knows how to root. I’ve done it in the past, but usually ran into some problems later down the road when it comes to upgrading versions of Android and so forth.

      Taking screenshots on the fly is a pretty big, especially for someone like me, who works in paid search and runs multiple mobile campaigns. Being able to show a client that, yes we are showing will be a life saver.

      • Angie Strickland

        I’m with you, I never wanted to root, so I’m really excited about this. Comes in handy for making images for all sorts of uses.

  • MW

    big deal… SGS can do it without root…

    • rovex

      As can the SGS2. Its not really a huge feature, but nice nonetheless.

      • fatspirit

        All other phones are not SGS* I guess.

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  • John Giotta

    I didn’t ever like the Volume+Power solution to screenshots. I found myself not be coordinated enough to hit the buttons at the same time. I do, however, like how they implemented the feature in CM7. Holding down Power button and select it from the context menu is easier.

    • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff

      Problem with that is it dismisses any on-screen menu commands.

  • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

    There are a lot of apps which offer this same functionality, but I really love how it’s baked right into MIUI ROMs. Just hold down the Menu and Volume down buttons and you get a fancy little animation and a shutter sound.

    But the best screenshot implementation has to be that of the HTC Flyer. Just tap the screen with the digital pen and you’re gone. You can then save, share or write on it with ease.

  • Josue

    My evo 3D does it already… Uhmmm

    • Josue

      & w/o root :)

      • fatspirit

        And still that’s not the common Android feature yet.

  • curris

    I’ve taken several screen shots with 3D EVO… Is rather gave face recognition! :)

  • Andi

    Video editing and picture editing would be nice

  • Jamie Scott

    Even my Optimus Black is doing it w/out root!

  • Nathan

    Nothing new but nice to have no the less.

  • btelks

    This may be the one and only thing that apple was ahead of Android on. Great feature; looking forward to it.

  • http://None CaribGrackle

    Not at all impressive, but handy and nice, I welcome the new feature.

  • Rashad

    I wonder what took Google so long to implement such a simple feature

  • Glendroid

    You can already do it natively. Just hold down the back button then tap the home button. Voila! screenshot!