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Author Topic: How the heck did she capture my phone display?  (Read 3113 times)
IainB
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« on: February 15, 2012, 02:14:45 AM »

In copying files from my mobile phone (Samsung GT B2710), I discovered this image saved in the phone's internal memory (i.e., not in the added memory card):

The thing is, this image appears to be a copy of all the pixels in the phone's display, as it would have appeared on the date and time it was saved: 2011-12-31 23.40.30 (New Year's Eve) - date/time taken from the image details as saved in the phone's internal memory. The image itself doesn't seem to have any attached EXIF record though.

In the image, the network operator is shown as 2degrees - which is correct. The phone is using a 2degrees SIMM, the number itself having been ported from another network operator (Vodaphone) in early 2011.

My daughter Lily is a dab hand with all things digital - computers, cameras, game devices, remote controls. She had been busy preparing to take pix on the run-up to midnight and the New Year's fireworks display, and I suspect that my phone was used at some stage, and the display captured as per the image shown above. She does not recall what she might have done to do this.

I've pored over the handbook and online user guides, spent hours researching phone hacker forums online and playing with the phone (and discovering some other things it could do that I did not know of before), but for the life of me I cannot figure out how the heck she captured the phone display.
Any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2012, 03:23:36 AM »

Is it possible the screen capture happened accidentally?  The following links suggest that some Samsung phones have some combination of key presses that lead to screenshots:

  http://www.technixupdate....-capture-on-samsung-wave/
  http://opensourcehacker.c...-samsung-android-devices/

Didn't see any mention of Samsung GT B2710 though...
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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2012, 06:19:26 AM »

Is it possible the screen capture happened accidentally?  The following links suggest that some Samsung phones have some combination of key presses that lead to screenshots:

  http://www.technixupdate.com/how-to-take-screenshot-screen-capture-on-samsung-wave/
  http://opensourcehacker.com/2011/02/27/taking-a-screenshot-on-samsung-galaxy-s-and-other-samsung-android-devices/

Didn't see any mention of Samsung GT B2710 though...
Yes, she definitely took the screen capture accidentally. My son at 14 months old found out how to dial SOS (911 emergency services) whilst the phone keyboard was locked.
Thanks for the links. I tried equivalent key combinations to what they mentioned, but that didn't do it for this phone. Though there was no mention of the Samsung GT B2710 in those links, there was mention of the ability to do panoramic (stitched) photos, which I discovered the GT B2710 can do also - VERTICAL and HORIZONTAL!
The GT B2710 is not a fancy Android device, and does not have a touch-sensitive screen, but it does seem to be packed with tons of features, some of which are frustratingly buried in the non-intuitive tree of menus. One review of this phone that I read (PC World or something like that) said that they could not find its photo editing and retouch features! I eventually found them after quite a bit of hunting around.

All those features were just a bonus for me. I got the phone mainly because it was being sold at a special discount and is a good basic phone and is a "solid immerse" - i.e., TOUGH - device. You can drive a car over it, drop it on concrete from 2 meters, dunk it in water and it works fine. I haven't driven a car over it yet, but it bounces without harm on concrete and even rings clearly if called when it's under water! It has a highly scratch-resistant screen and well-spaced keys that accommodate my spatula-like finger-ends.
By the way, it is also a GPS device, a compass and a pedometer (no kidding).

All these features are mentioned in the documention. Screen capture was not one of the documented features though!
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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2012, 04:50:45 AM »

Sussed it.
Lily was playing with my phone whilst I was driving the car the other day, and announced that she had rediscovered the screenshot function keys - as per this image and notes:

And here's a screenshot!

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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2012, 08:03:49 AM »

How do you do that by accident? huh tellme
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« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2012, 08:53:01 AM »

How do you do that by accident? huh tellme

Umm...butt-dial while dancing at the club with the hotties? Wink
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« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2012, 09:47:25 AM »

even rings clearly if called when it's under water!

Please tell me you've personally tested this!
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« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2012, 10:25:34 AM »

Please tell me you've personally tested this!
Yes, it works fine. A great little near-indestructible phone.
It's called a "solid immerse" for that reason.
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« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2012, 10:27:26 AM »

How do you do that by accident? huh tellme
My daughter Lily is 10 years old.
She has always been a dab hand at discovering undocumented features of TV remote controls, cameras and cellphones, and computer games. She presses everything just to see what it does.
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« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2012, 06:59:25 AM »

How do you do that by accident? huh tellme

Umm...butt-dial while dancing at the club with the hotties? Wink

My mother recently left me a 3 minute voicemail of silence. I called her back to ask what she wanted and she said that she must have bum-dialed me. After that, I told her I was grateful it was silent.
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« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2012, 10:19:26 AM »

My mother recently left me a 3 minute voicemail of silence. I called her back to ask what she wanted and she said that she must have bum-dialed me. After that, I told her I was grateful it was silent.

Silent, but violent~! tongue Grin


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« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2012, 10:20:06 AM »

How do you do that by accident? huh tellme

Really! That's quite the bizarre set of moves to pull off.

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