A quick look at Screencast in Cyanogen OS

The ability to take a screenshot on your Android device is one of those things that has been around forever, but became a much bigger deal once Google made it a standard feature that could be done right from the device instead of requiring a connection to a computer. The same could be said of recording a video of what is happening on your device, if Google ever gets around to making it a standard in the operating system.

In the mean time, you have two options that don't involve connecting to your PC: use a third party app that hijacks the Chromecast to Screen function and records that, or use Screencast natively in Cyanogen OS.

Cyanogen OS Screencast

As the name suggests, Cyanogen OS Screencast is only available on devices running Cyanogen's flavor of Android. Accessing the feature couldn't be more simple — you just open the app and tap start recording. You'll see an icon in the top left to let you know a recording has started, and you can go and do whatever you wanted to record on your phone. Once you've finished, you can stop the recording by pulling down the notification tray and tapping on the Screencast notification. The recording will stop, and the notification will turn into a share action so you can send that recording wherever you want. There's a good chance you'll want to do some brief editing before sending it away to a social network, but the resulting video file is now yours to do with as you please.

It's simple, straightforward, and doesn't fill your notification tray with multiple icons like most of the third party solutions. An integrated solution like this makes a lot of sense even if users only end up using it to report a problem, but chances are the more users see features like this the more likely we are to see new uses for it.

Russell Holly

Russell is a Contributing Editor at Android Central. He's a former server admin who has been using Android since the HTC G1, and quite literally wrote the book on Android tablets. You can usually find him chasing the next tech trend, much to the pain of his wallet. Find him on Facebook and Twitter

16 Comments
  • Sony's implementation is far easier... I also don't need to open another app to do so... This also means less editing required after the effect... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sony's is definitely the easiest. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Totally agree, Sony's is way easier, press and hold the power button and press record, from any where, in or out of any app, it doesn't matter. I've never any performance problems either. Posted via the Android Central App
  • can you share the wallpaper?
  • Just wondering why all the sudden cynogen features? Posted via Android Central App
  • It's a secret paid advertisement series. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah, I was wondering that myself. Don't care about that off-shoot of android, the bulk of users wont be using it!
  • I mean in all honesty if the CEO hadn't said all he did and you could still get Google play store and services on it I'd consider it but without those it's dead to me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • If you mean the bulk of North American users than you may be right. China and India is a different ballgame.
  • You really think it'll get any real amount of market share? I'm not meaning large numbers but even a small amount that is worth mentioning. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Not here except amongst CM fans or if they can steal from HTC and Sony. But in India and China they have a real shot with the deals they've made with device makers. Good cops aren't good if they aren't turning in bad cops
  • Quote:
    "In the mean time, you have two options that don't involve connecting to your PC" BS.
    I can screen record through the power menu on ViperOne ROM. And as mentioned, Sony has it. Other ROMs do as well.
  • I'm just going to assume that he means without rooting your phone.
  • Cyanogen is such a joke.Look I'll never buy a phone with COS just for a feature that I can already do with my phone with an app.This looks like a sponsored post and it probably is.You just forgot to mention it.
  • While I have trouble with what Steve and Koush did to Xplodwild, I really don't understand the hate for McMaster. When Legere is brash and outspoken he's applauded. When McMaster does the same, he's vilified. Have any of the haters run CM or Cyanogen lately? It's really awesome. Fast and silky smooth with tweaks and additions that really help, instead of detract.
    I say keep the articles coming, Russell Holly, and thank you. Posted via the Android Central App
  • What's sad is that I didn't realize that app even existed on my OnePlus One. When setting up my OPO I chose to restore my hundreds of apps from my previous phone, burying this app under all of them, never to be seen. Posted via the Android Central App