Ice Cream Sandwich to include screenshot ability?

Ice Cream Sandwich to include screenshot ability?Flash internet? No problem. iTunes syncing? Consider it done. Free apps? We've loads. Take a screenshot? Erm... computer says no!

And that's the way it has been for years. Android users may have felt they had a lead on iUsers by being able to do so much more on their handsets but taking screenshots - one of the most basic tasks - has been locked out on all but a few Android phones (such as Samsung's TouchWiz variants, and HTC Sense handsets).

Luckily, it's all going to change with Ice Cream Sandwich, according to a post over on Android Police.  All you'll need to do to show the world what you've been up to is hold down a couple of buttons and, et voila, your screenshot will be saved natively.

Yes, that is without having to root or take a chance on flaky third party add-ons from the Android Market.

We can't describe how such a little thing can put such a big smile on our faces. On the majority of Android handsets, if we wanted to get a screen grab, there was only one very convoluted way and that involved downloading the Android SDK, connecting the phone to the laptop and going through a really long process. Heaven above knows why Google has taken three years to get it on board.

We've been loving these leaks but sadly, all good things must come to an end since the new OS (and its initial host, the Nexus Prime) will be unveiled in Hong Kong around 3AM tomorrow morning - albeit a week late.

And we really can't wait to see the Nexus Prime's mouth-watering specs in action. That huge screen and 2050mAh battery to name just a couple of elements. Looks like it'll be curved like its predecessor, the Nexus S, and released just in time for Christmas.

Although for us, it feels like Christmas Eve already!

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wahidul891  Oct. 18, 2011 at 11:15

ermm.... my £150 samsung galaxy ace has had screenshot for a very long time.... press back and home button. Im pretty sure a lot of over phones have it aswell...

Fields25  Oct. 18, 2011 at 14:09

As the article states:
"taking screenshots - one of the most basic tasks - has been locked out on all but a few Android phones (such as Samsung's TouchWiz variants, and HTC Sense handsets)."

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 19, 2011 at 07:27

All rooted Android devices can install a screenshot app.

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