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Android Ice Cream Sandwich with native screenshot function?


Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest flavor of Google's Android operating system for mobile devices, may finally allow native screenshot capabilities to tablets and smartphones, an Android enthusiast site reported. With just hours to go before Android's latest flavor is unveiled, AndroidPolice.com said a screenshot can be taken by pressing VolDn+Power. "Users of some Samsung, HTC, and other devices have already been enjoying this feature for some time thanks to manufacturer additions, but based on what we've seen so far (and we've seen quite a few things), the Galaxy Nexus will be able to take screenshots without the need for any external apps, root, carrier mods, or other nonsense - support for it is now baked into the core of ICS," it said. It added two apps, screencap and screenshot, are doing the heavy lifting for the screenshot function. With the new function, the site said an Android smartphone owner need not root his or her phone to make it take screenshots. On the other hand, AndroidPolice.com said the binaries to take screenshots are also present in Honeycomb. "The difference is starting with ICS we should be able to use them by pressing two buttons without needing root (unless Google yanks this out of the final release for some reason)," it said. — TJD, GMA News
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