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Capturing a screen image on a smartphone may not be something needed all the time, but it’s a handy capability when you want to share the screen. The free ShootMe app is a utility that snaps the screen with a simple shake of the phone.

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Capturing a screen image on a smartphone may not be something you often want to do, but it’s a handy capability when sharing a screen capture is needed. Android has a glaring omission: there’s no way to take screen captures to share with others baked into the OS. The free ShootMe app fills this void; it’s a simple utility that snaps the screen with a simple shake of the phone.

ShootMe is available in the Android Market as a free download, and once installed, it allows capturing the screen no matter what program is running on the phone. Since some apps, notably games, take control over the phone hardware buttons, the ShootMe developer made a smart decision to use the accelerometer found in most Android phones to trigger the screen capture. A simple shake of the phone generates the capture, which is signaled by the sound of a camera shutter. The captured image is saved on the phone in a ShootMe folder, so all images are grouped together in any photo viewing app that is used.

While taking screen snaps is something that app reviewers do a lot, once ShootMe is running, the ease of taking images opens up new uses for all Android phone owners. When I run across something in the phone browser I want to share, rather than copy/paste a link in an email, I simply send a screen snap. It’s also a good way to share things on Twitter, as most Twitter apps have a simple way to tweet an image.

ShootMe works on the HTC EVO 4G, and users are reporting successful usage on other phones running Android 2.2.

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  1. I believe this app only works on rooted Android phones. You may want to look into that.

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  2. Says the dev: Only supports ROOTED devices.

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  3. It says rooted devices only in the description? Or will it work on a EVO 4G with the latest official Android OS?

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    1. It turns out it works on the HTC EVO without having to root it. Worked perfectly on mine, sorry for the double post!

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      1. After doing some looking around, it seems that the ability to use ShootMe comes and goes with each update. The most recent one enabled it but the initial upgrade to Froyo had disabled it. Interesting.

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  4. The app originally required a rooted device to work but the current release does not. The developer apparently hasn’t updated the notes on the Market, but it works fine on unrooted devices.

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  5. Hmmm….. just installed on the T-Mobile G2, which we know can’t yet stay rooted. Won’t run, says “Failed starting server. Please check that you have *** ROOT *** access on your device…..” Bummer!

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    1. Some folks are reporting success on unrooted devices, but on other handsets it won’t work. No details on what the determinant is, but a lot of folks have reported to me that it works fine.

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      1. The Evo 4G originally had some security flaw that permitted the use of some root-required apps like ShootMe. It disappeared after one of the OTA updates, but it looks like as of the Froyo update, the exploit is back. This is why ShootMe can work on current Froyo Evo devices without root.

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      2. The only non-rooted device this is known to work with is the Evo 4G.

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    2. Kevin which screen capture App, are you using on the N1?

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      1. I have the Android SDK installed, so I USB tether to get my screencaps. Kind of silly, since my Nexus One is rooted, but I have to work with the images on my computer anyway, so I never bothered to find a good app. ;)

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  6. Sayin’ it needs to be rooted device, on my N1.

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