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Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread Allows Screenshots Without Rooting

Google began rolling out Android 2.3.3 over the air updates for Nexus One and Nexus S smartphone users last week. The update brings Gingerbread’s key features including a tweaked user interface, improved keyboard, and better power management to the Nexus One, while removing Facebook sync from the Nexus S.

The good news is that users are reporting the Android 2.3.3 finally allows users to take screenshots of their device without first rooting their phones or installing the SDK. While iPhone users have always been able to snap a picture of their screen by pressing the Home and Power buttons simultaneously, Android users either had to connect their device to computer with a USB cable, install the Android SDK kit, and run a desktop app — or root their Android device and install a third party app such as ShootMe.

According to Androidcentral, the root-free screenshot feature will be implemented in this new version of Android, meaning that applications created by third-party developers will be allowed to grab whatever is being displayed on the screen. Of course, it’ll still take some time before Gingerbread is spread to all Android terminals and we start seeing screenshot-capable Android apps in the Market, but in any case it is a long-awaited feature that’s finally come true.

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