How to Take a Screenshot in Motorola Xoom 2

Motorola Xoom 2 is a highly anticipated device from the American company. It is the younger sibling of the successful Motorola Xoom tablet. It runs on Android 3.2 Honeycomb on a Dual-Core 1.2 Ghz Cortex A-9 CPU. It features a 5 MP autofocus camera with LED flash, Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi, 16 GB on board memory storage, and a 1 GB RAM. On top of that is the nicely done 10.1 inches capacitive TFT touchscreen display which is capable of showing 16 million colors. It is made with Corning Gorilla Glass so the screen is not easily scratched or damaged without affecting the brightness and contrast levels. As with the usual Android mishap, there is no simple method of taking a screenshot with this nifty gadget. However, if you really want to share your awesome Xoom 2 screen, then we present some ways to do it, albeit quite tricky.

It is annoying that Android, though very popular nowadays, still did not put an easy method of capturing an image of the screen of the device. Would it not be better if you can just click on a button and, PRESTO, the screenshot is there?! Of course it would and it will make life easier for developers. However, not to worry since there is a non-root easy method that you can do to take a screenshot of your Xoom 2. But before you go on and do the steps, you must first download the Android SDK and use the Dalvik Debug Monitor. Once you got them on your computer (make sure they run fast and smoothly), plug in your Xoom 2 via USB or Bluetooth and make sure they stay connected throughout the whole process. It is not exactly convenient to do but it will be worth it….after.

So, here is how to do it:

Step 1: Download and install the SDK for Android that we have mentioned in the preceding paragraph. Install it in your computer.

Step 2: Make sure that you are allowing USB Debugging in your Motorola Xoom 2. To set this up, go to the Settings tab of your Xoom 2 and then click on Applications. Next, choose Development and then check the USB Debugging checkbox if it is unchecked.

Step 3: Connect the Xoom 2 to your computer (via USB).

Step 4: Find the ddms.bat item on the Android SDK folder. It is usually located in the tools subfolder. ddms.bat will open the Dalvik Debug Monitor.

Step 5: Now you are ready to take a screenshot. You have to find the Screen Capture option in the Dalvik Debug Monitor. You can do this by clicking on the device on the list. There you will see this option. After pressing the Screen Capture option, a screenshot window will be launched.

Step 6: Now all you have to do is follow the procedures that the screenshot window will tell you and you are ready to take the screenshot. If you want to take a screenshot again of Xoom 2, just repeat the steps excluding the installation and download of the Android SDK.