+ Saturday October 19th, 2019

On one hand, scrolling screenshots aren’t exactly new; OEMs have been baking this into their own interpretations of Android for a couple of years now, at least, but Google has avoided doing the same.

Most recently, Google went as far as noting that it was “infeasible” to deliver this in the ANdroid issue tracker (via Android Police), but that wasn’t the end of the story. At Google I/O, Dave Burke, VP Engineering (Android) was asked the question about scrolling screenshots, and it seems he’s taken it on.

In a tweet to Android Police‘s Artem Russakovskii, Dave replied that he’d make it happen, hopefully in time for Android R:

The only sad news is that it’s too late in the cycle to bring the feature to Android Q, which is due for release soon. For those using stock Android, the scrolling screenshots feature, then, will be at least 18 months away, while other OEMs – including Huawei and Samsung – will continue to offer the feature as they have for years.

In some ways stock Android is great, but for real usability, sometimes the OEMs do a better job.

Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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