Earlier this week, the OTA update to Android 2.3.4 finally began rolling out to HTC Sensations around Europe. Our unit received the update yesterday, and quite by accident we discovered that - besides being able to make voice/video calls in GTalk - we also had a new ability to take screenshots untethered from a computer.

Those of you familiar with the standard method of taking screenshots through the Android SDK know how convoluted the process can be: hunting for drivers, enabling debugging, living down those notification-bar icons ... all a fairly time consuming process. Not to mention you have to be at a computer.

Thankfully this update makes things much more convenient. All you have to do is simply hold the Power button and tap the Home key. Your screen should flash and a toaster notification will inform you that the image has been saved to your camera (DCIM) folder. The screenshot will appear in "Camera shots" in Gallery; perhaps not the most logical of locations, but easily found. Another oddity is that the images taken do not match the native resolution of the screen, being four pixels wider at 960 x 544. Either way, this is a nice new feature for Sensation owners, and should make sharing cool new applications and embarrassing text messages that much easier.

Sadly there is no sign of an update for the Sensation 4G in the USA, but hopefully this European release will put pressure on T-Mobile to hurry things along.

Update: The EVO 3D update from this morning introduces the same feature.

PS: For those of you keeping track of such things, the line ro.htc.framework.screencapture = false has been changed to true in /system/build.prop. There is a mod thread in the HTC Evo 3D forum on XDA-Developers in regards to enabling this on non-updated phones.

Brian O'Toole
Having learnt his writing techniques reading e-Books of Sherlock Holmes, Brian now spends his time /kicking, lurking, SSHing and encoding.
  • tmack

    Should note the Evo 3d update today also has the screen shot capability

  • mike

    Update recieved this morning now I'm up to 2.3.4 Sprint EVO 3D WITH NEW SWYPE

  • Tommy

    Ever since this update the graphics get all fuzzy when playing games, and the fuzzy graphics wont go away before I reboot!

  • lloyd

    Tmo rollout started yesterday as well

  • xnifex

    Even though they say the native resolution is qHD, almost anyone on the Evo3D & Sensation xda forums that has been doing screenshots through the SDK or other means knows about the extra 4 pixels. If you try really hard, you can see them on the actual phone too. No one knows why they're there.

  • http://adfoe.com ryan

    maybe my power button is stuck down or something but a lot of the time when i'm just trying to get to my home screen it ends up taking a screen shot. kind of annoying

    • xnifex

      Sadly it's a common bug popping up after the update.

    • Nikele

      yes this makes me very frustrated as well. And I called tmobile spent hours troubleshooting and they had no idea this feature was even and option.

  • http://www.oamahou.com Outman

    No problem, it works good for me !