Android Nougat 7.1 Contains Hidden “Partial Screenshot” Feature

Android Nougat 7.1 Contains Hidden “Partial Screenshot” Feature

Taking Screenshots with your phone have around since the early days of Android, but the functionality stayed the same till now. If you want to share something specific, you need to crop the screenshot and it has remained the same. But, today we got to know that Google is working on a solution which may make things simpler as it is working on a partial screenshot feature in Android Nougat 7.1 as found in the Android Open Source Project (ASOP)

Multiple users on Reddit have found the code base which indicates that this feature is in the Android Nougat, but not fully enabled at the moment.

XDA Senior Member MrWasdennoch, known in the forums for his Android N-ify Xposed Module, found out that Android 7.1 Nougat on the AOSP master branch contains a commit named “Partial Screenshot“, which seemingly allows users to select a size and grid position on the screen to take a screenshot. This results in a screenshot of that particular selection, rather than the full screen, which will help constricting the information displayed to narrower focus points.

In a video, a Reddit user has posted on YouTube, by changing the code in line 53 of takescreenshotservice to screenshotpartial(), you can already activate the feature on the Nexus 4. In this case, the user - Maxr1998 - is running a custom ROM; the NitrogenOS ROM. 

Another Reddit user has also been able to activate the service using a physical keyboard and an USB On-The-Go (OTG) cable.

Google hasn’t enabled this feature yet for any phone yet, but the fact that it is hidden in the Nougat codebase means that the Mountain View based search giant is working on it and will perhaps expose it in the future.

We hope more such smaller additions, like perhaps scrolling screenshots, are made part of stock Android in the future.

Source : 9to5Google | Reddit

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