Android 2.3.3 supports screen shot apps on non-rooted devices

hat Android doesn’t support screen shot apps might have come as a surprise to some people when they first started using Google’s OS, since other smartphone platforms feature such utilities. Android users with root access have enjoyed the option to take screen grabs with applications such as the excellent ShootMe, but so far we haven’t been able to capture screens directly from an Android without rooting it first.

However, users of Android have always been able to capture its UI with a PC and the SDK. By enabling USB debugging from Settings > Applications > Development, installing the Android SDK, connecting your Android device to a computer, and then launching ddms.bat from theandroid-sdk/tools folder, you can quite conveniently capture your phone’s user-interface in action. And some custom ROMs, such as MIUI, let you take screen shots just by pressing a hardware key combination.

But many people understandably find installing the SDK bothersome, and not all Android users are interested in rooting their devices. Luckily, the latest version of Android (2.3.3) lets us take screen shots even without root access. Last night, I happened to notice a conversation on Twitter between Cyanogen and phone guru Paul O’Brian, creator of the MoDaCo forum:

Android 2.3.3 screen shot functionality

No specifics were mentioned, and it will likely take a while before we start seeing apps that take advantage of this new functionality – but still, excellent news. Now let’s just hope that Android 2.3.3 will come to current devices sooner rather than later.

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Rohan Sood, I am 14 years old. I am all about Technology and Gadgets! I am currently at New Delhi, India. Future plans are going to USA and working at one of the awesomest companies APPLE Inc. As you might know, “TECHNOLOGY” is present everywhere. Let’s together understand this word and make the World a better place. I believe in “Sharing KNOWLEDGE”. I created this Blog to share as much Knowledge as possible. I hope you find my Blog interesting and self-sufficient. I will keep you UP-TO-DATE about the Technology News around the Globe!

Posted on March 1, 2011, in Android, Gadgets, Mobile Phones/Tablets, News and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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