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Google plans to include scrolling screenshots in Android R

It's not set in stone, but it's trending in the right direction.

Published onMay 17, 2019

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Dave Burke, Google vice president of engineering for Android, mentioned today on Twitter that scrolling screenshots are “in the hopper” for Android R.

Nothing is concrete, since Burke also said the Android team can “hopefully” implement scrolling screenshots in Android R. That said, Android software engineer Dan Sadler joined the thread and accepted Burke’s challenge.

— Dan Sandler (@dsandler) May 17, 2019

It’s good to see Google taking a more concrete stance on scrolling screenshots. As a fireside chat during Google I/O 2019, Burke said the feature was a “good idea” and that there’s “no reason not to do it.” Another Android lead agreed, but said adding the scrolling screenshots feature wasn’t a high-priority feature.

The announcement is also somewhat of an about-face, since Google said in April that the feature “will not be able to be considered at this time.”

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Because Google might bake scrolling screenshots into Android R, don’t expect to see the feature in Android Q. That’s not a problem if you own a smartphone from Huawei, LG, OnePlus, Samsung, or Xiaomi, since their phones have natively offered the feature for several years.

Scrolling screenshots isn’t the only feature “missing” from stock Android, with features like app twin functionality, system profiles, and screen-off gestures also absent. Let us know in the comments which missing feature from stock Android you’d like to see baked in one day.

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