In stock Android, capturing a screenshot from your device is as easy as pressing the Power button and the Volume Down button simultaneously. Recording video from the device's screen however can be a little trickier.

Looking, as always, to enhance the stock Android experience with awesome new touches, the CyanogenMod team (specifically Koushik Dutta) is working on integrating screen recording through an easy Volume Up + Power combination.

With that simple key combination, users will be able to record their device's screen, with audio and touch indicators thrown in for added utility.

This feature will be great not only for developers looking to demo their app's features, but also for users in reporting bugs or errors, or recording instructional content.

If you're already a CM 10.2 user, keep an eye out for this feature, which should be headed to nightly builds in the near future. If you're not a CyanogenMod user, there's never been a better time to flash.

CM Code Review via Koushik Dutta (Google+)

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • navjot

    Would this be something possible in stock, via an app? Or is it built into the framework? (not the shortcut, but the recording itself)

    • guest

      There are various apps in the playstore that are hit or miss (mostly miss) on screen recording.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        And all need root.

        • A Black UI is the best UI

          The problem with root is what now?

          Seriously all the best apps need root and to complain about that is stupid, what's next saying titanium backup needs to work on non-rooted devices as well.

          • Stacey Liu

            Because most people don't root their phones. The problem with Titanium Backup is that it shouldn't have to exist in the first place.

            Android should have a built-in backup/restore mechanism for app data, like the one iOS has had for like 5 years now.

          • A Black UI is the best UI

            And the real issue is what? Don't root your device by all means but don't complain that certain things only work if you're rooted.

            iOS's backup and restore doesn't actually backup and restore as fully as TB does so I still see no issue here apart from those butthurt that you have to put some effort to get the better apps.

            Again don't want to root then don't root but want things like Xposed to work on your device then put the damn effort in and root it.

          • andy_o

            You seem awfully upset about a feature that, at the very most, you just shouldn't give a crap about.

  • Zyre

    Can someone tell me if there is a screen recording app for Stock Android? Preferably a popular and good one.

  • A Black UI is the best UI

    Screen recorder pro works a whole lot better and it actually allows customization in its settings instead of being restrictive like this is going to be.

    • Lando Calrissian

      And just how restrictive is this going to be, huh? Please, do tell.

      • A Black UI is the best UI

        Have you seen their pie menu it is the most basic pie out there that doesn't even allow changing its colors at all compared to other ROMs pie menu where you can change it to your heart's content.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          That answers the question perfectly. Not really though. And by that I mean, it's completely irrelevant.

    • Bob

      Looks like someone got a little butt hurt when they saw their $5 go down the drain. That, or you're the developer of the Screen Recorder app. In which case, I can understand. Look what happened to Microsoft when Google made 90% of their most profitable products, for free. Dun dun dun

  • Danny Theriault

    Seems that CyanogenMod is slowly winning back everyone's love.

    • A Black UI is the best UI

      Its not going to work anyway since those that left for better ROMs aren't coming back.

      • TehTechGod

        Yup. CM is basically for first time custom ROM users. Other ROMs out there are just as stable and offer way more features.

        • thartist

          I for one, don't want way more features. I want a handful that might be simple/useful additions and no bloat from carrier NOR custom rom, and i like what CM offers. No need for tacky tweaking in my case.

          • Problem?

            and how is screen recording usefull? Not to mention that there are a lots of apps that can do this in a custom rom...

          • A Black UI is the best UI

            I hardly call lack of features useful. I left to use slim bean and never looked back since it actually does what a custom ROM is made for being stable and allowing lots of customizationIin a small package. The irony here is cyanogenmodIoffers less stuff but is 70mb bigger then slim bean.

          • thartist

            Then i might try it to see if it's slimmer, better coded and thus faster, or if it is just more compressed.

            That is, if it supports my device, which i know CM does.

          • Cerberus_tm

            And we can now all add features one by one through Xposed, so I am leaning more towards a bare ROM these days.

        • andy_o

          Smug condescension must feel so good.

          • A Black UI is the best UI

            I suppose blind faith isn't being ignorant.

        • Kid.Drunkadelic

          LOL I knowz, those newbs arent like us elite copy paste command warriors

        • Bob

          I disagree. I've had my fun flashing all the different types of ROM's out there, and CM is by far my favorite.

          It provides the just-right amount of customization without the other unneeded bullshit.

      • nate

        Its all down to taste. Not every user follows the same path. I was one who started with CM and then moved on to try different roms, but ended up coming back

    • thartist

      Did it ever lose it, or it got cool hating and pretending to be 'leet and underground by going for other roms?

  • shadowx360

    Anyone else noticed the Allcast app that he's running? I haven't heard of any updates since the last claim that Google is breaking it intentionally from almost two months ago. Anyone have updates?

    • http://404err0r.com/ Henry Park

      Chromecast is in beta... Kosh could be putting it off until they finalize the software for good.

    • Arve Svendsen

      what i did notice though, was an app that takes wifi analy

    • sirgaspar

      Installed, not necessarily running. I got confused for a moment.

  • hyperbolic

    Hope it will make it to the 10.1.3 or even the stable version.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Very neat, But as tempting as it is, all these features aren't enough for me to switch to CM from AOSP.

  • Jeffery Keel

    DAE think this is why CyanogenMod will never become mainstream with non-nerd folk? Seriously... load it up with as much crap as you can! Is their slogan or something? Jesus wept, it's like CyanogenMod 7 all over again.

  • Problem?

    It would be better if CM devs spend their time in usefull features and maintain some devices than haven't seen a fix since all good maintainers left. Instead, the remaining devs choose to spend their time in useless features that no one cares about.

    • Kid.Drunkadelic

      you could maintain them, whiningnever gets anything down. You could get your money back I suppose how much was the charge for your CM?

      • A Black UI is the best UI

        So having someone else profit from your hard work is good now, this is exactly why those maintainers still maintain those devices just with a different and better ROM.

      • Cerberus_tm

        I paid € 50 for my copy, on CD-ROM. Was that a good price?

        • Kid.Drunkadelic

          No no no get the free trail out of glamour magazine, then call to cancel right before it ends and bam 50% off your cm

          • Cerberus_tm

            Wow, 50 % off? Great deal. How about the monthly service fee, still € 25? And is it still always-online with mandatory Kinect?

        • Bob

          Psh, you got ripped off. Mine came flying on a floppy :)

          • howardbamber

            Why is mine on punch cards??

      • Problem?

        Tell me a reason to be a maintainer or contributor, to get some silly perks while the VIP part of the team gets all the glory, the trips, the expensive devices and the big contracts with my code? No thanks I'm not a 12 year old idiot.

  • fredric

    Am I the only one who'd prefer having this feature made into an app like their camera?
    I DO love CM ROM but I wouldn't prefer it over the modified original software of my Note 2 for lack of support (it's good but not that good).

    Also, I only need specific parts of their ROM of which this is a case of.

  • TechGuy22

    yeah i used to be a CM fan but not anymore. but this is a cool feature. wish it was full screen

    • A Black UI is the best UI

      Screen recorder pro records in full screen with minimal issue.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It's so cool to be a CM hater nowadays.

  • Ixil

    I have to agree with the nay sayers. Neo CM takes the stance of simplicity and ease of use for the new user, but this is a feature for devs that no one really wants, or if they did they would already have an application that has been bug tested and meets their specific needs. I don't think this will get very far, because (I'm not a Dev but I would assume) it's probably a big deal to develop on such a large scale. They should work on developing things that everyone will want to use.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I'm not a dev, and I want it. Now what?

      • Ixil

        I guess, worse case scenario, you wait for bug fixes that will probably never come.

        • Björn Lundén

          Ever noticed how all screen recording apps for Android have a very low FPS? It's "hard wired" into the ROM, as you put it, to fix that.

    • CJ Vanilla

      Why the hate? You do realize your statement that they should work on developing things that everyone will want to use is an opinion right? Meaning you may not want to use it but others will. He likes this, she likes that, they kinda like that.... I could go on.

  • Shitiz Garg

    Just when I switched back to 4.3 stock they come up with a feature I might actually need <_<

  • Incorporate Apps

    If this came to stock Android this will be a blessing to us developers who can easily Debug user problems remotely. Unfortunately most users will email you "It isn't working" and that is that. Obviously not even a Setup Log will help us there as we can possibly know what exactly is not working.

  • Mathias Kenting

    Wauw, all the new features and the upcoming CM Installer are really making me want to try CM again.

  • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

    Native screen recorder will be a really welcome feature for me...but I really hope they can make it work at 30fps...if it provides inferior experience than Screencast, might aswell not even bother.

  • ViperX

    What is the name of that live wallpaper? TY

  • howardbamber

    Sorry but CM is style over substance. Noobs rom. Nothing works. As for the nights... Good way to screw up your os. They are so buggy

    • creed

      That's funny. Every other Rom gets their base from cm, unless it is just a debloated version of the stock rom. Calling x rom a newb rom and y rom for advanced users is just asinine. People like what they like.

    • Michael Pahl

      Actually, I have been running Nightlies on my Razr Maxx HD every since the bootloader unlock from Matt was released. Yes several bugs with MMS and Group Messaging, and a few with Wifi and Data drops, but since CM 10.2 those issues are fading fast.
      I get two solid days battery life, and buttery smooth OS. For a dual core CPU and older Adreno 225, this thing is rock solid on 4.3.1
      Only thing is needs to stock camera functionality, which is near impossible. As for the noob ROM comments, sure it doesn't pack everything SlimBean, RootBox, or PacMan has to offer but its plenty for the average enthusiast. Offering an easy to flash ROM to the masses is a good way to get more people on board and more pressure on OEMs/Carriers to allow this kind of tinkering.

  • Drew M

    It will be interesting to see how well this actually works as a CM feature. Screencasting has historically been hit or miss, with success depending entirely on the SOC. Since some of the excellent device maintainers have left CM, I can't imagine this will get better.

  • Zaatour36

    freaking awesome!

  • ZH40

    Any chinese here noticed that QQ? 0.0麻花藤冲出亚洲走向世界了?

  • Guest

    I'm not a custom rom pro by any means but People saying this is not a big deal that there is apps out there already that can do this I don't think have actually tried to do this.. I am trying to get into reviewing android games and yes there are apps out there that can record your phones screen like the screencast app BUT there are not apps that I "know of" that can record the screen And the phones audio. Screencast can record mic input but not the phones audio so if you want to record a game with audio you have to record the audio separate via some other method and add it into the video later ( which depending on your phone is not as easy as it sounds.) Sooo If CM can record video fo the phones screen with its audio and not just mic audio then this is a very good feature.

  • Jeff Fisher

    Still waiting for a solution to recording the screen AND the phones audio not mic audio.. Im trying to start up a Android game reviewing youtube channel but finding it difficult to record the games with audio.. I can't believe how difficult it is to get a games audio recorded on my phone I thought it would be much easier.

  • Tajada

    You people are funny. The way I understand it:
    1) This functionality comes from a framework being developed to provide Airplay support. That's why it's not a separate app and is part of the OS. It is simply a side effect of other development efforts.

    2) To have the opinion that CM's only purpose for existing is for newb ROM users is a little misguided since (almost) all the other ROMs out there use CM as their base. In other works, no CM, no [your favorite ROM].

  • TYGstatus Galaxy Note 2 Rooted

    I just root my phone and install "SCR PRO" it allows "video screenshots" with sound capabilities and you can upload them via Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, etc. Also in the settings menu you can adjust the video resolution/quality and you can adjust the frames per second ratios to make video smoother....that of course requires more Mb space......Hope that is helpful and didn't spoil it for CM developers...... PS CM is the coolest thing for android. Does anyone know of a working CM Nightly Rom for my "US CELLULAR" I tried all that were labeled US CELLULAR but none would flash properly..... Should I download the International/Unlocked version of the ROM????? please anyone email me @ [email protected]