Android 4.0 screenshots

While iPhone, iPhone, and iPod touch users have happily been capturing screenshots on their devices since day one, Google Android has never had a native screenshot feature — until now.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone is now shipping in the US, and GottaBeMobile’s KT Bradford notes that you can save a picture on the first Android 4.0 phone simply by holding down the power button at the same time as the volume-down button.

This is very similar to the way you take screenshots on an iOS device by holding the power and home buttons simultaneously. The difference is Android gives you a notification to let you know the screenshot has been saved after showing you a brief animation.

Up until now there were three ways to take a screenshot:

  1. Root your device and install a third party app from the Android Market.
  2. Install the Android SDK on your computer, connect your phone or tablet with a USB cable, and run a desktop utility.
  3. Buy one of a handful of phones that had built-in screenshot capabilities developed by the phone maker (rather than Google).

As a Nexus phone, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus includes only Google software and no third party add-ons. That means screenshots are finally baked into the stock version of Google Android and this feature should be available on most phones and tablets going forward.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...