Posts Tagged ‘screenshot’

Screenshots on unrooted Android

2010.12.01 23:26 by Leo Antunes - 12 Comments

A few weeks ago I noticed an image on my Froyo phone which appeared to be a screenshot. This came as a surprise, since I don’t have any screenshot applications installed and am generally economic when it comes to the amount of fluff on my phone. I did a few searches and there doesn’t seem to be any visible mention of this feature out there, only mentions of how to do it with the SDK or with specific apps.

Since today I finally managed to discover how to actually do it again (holding the Back button and pressing Home), I took these screenshots using different launchers to be sure it wasn’t some feature of ADW.Laucher.

I still haven’t beat my laziness to actually reset to factory settings and make sure it’s not some other random app (which would be a bit unsettling, actually) and it could also be a Samsung specific feature, implemented as one of those pesky unremovable apps.

Can anybody out there confirm this (not particularly useful) feature? Did I miss it being published somewhere?

[UPDATE]: I found a couple of “hidden” apps that probably have something to do with this (through Settings→Applications→Manage applications→All).

The first one is an obvious suspect, but since it isn’t named after Samsung (which admittedly doesn’t mean much) I figured it might be activated by the second one, which in my overly-creative and not-really-investigative mind could be a sort of hotkey-daemon. [UPDATE 2: well, that’s ignoring the obvious fact that SEC stands for “Samsung Electronics Corporation”. D’oh!]
I don’t think the feature is important or interesting enough for me to investigate much further, but still I thought I might leave some pointers if people want to get this on their ROMs.