Oct 21st, 2013

We’ve always wanted a way to record what’s being displayed on our Android devices, but the current solutions are all flawed in some way. They might require root, they might not be very smooth, and some just flat-out don’t work. Koushik Dutta is hoping to change all of that with a new feature he’s working on for future versions of CyanogenMod.

Users can start recording their screen at any time using a combined press of the “power” and “volume up” buttons, which isn’t unlike the standard “power” + “volume down” combo we use for taking screenshots. Koush’s method includes the ability to show device touches with an on-screen graphic so users know what is being pressed, and when. You also have the option of having your phone record audio from the microphone during the recording, which would make it super easy to say whatever you need on top of the recording.

There are many situations where such a feature would be useful, such as tutorial videos, app demos, and getting support for any issues you might be having. Color us excited for sure.

The feature isn’t currently present in any CyanogenMod nightlies, but Koush has already uploaded the code to the project’s Gerrit page for any developers who might want to give it a shot:

Remote display framework support.
Any app can use the remote display APIs to mirror to another device...
This can be used to implement AirPlay, Chromecast, or even screen recording.

We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled to see when, exactly, the rest of us will be able to get in on the fun. Watch a quick video demo of the new feature above.

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