I ran across this question posed on Twitter by Anil Dash:

Is there really no way to take a screenshot on a Kindle Fire? Huh.

I know it's early to tell, but does anyone know if this is true about the device?

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    It wouldn't surprise me. Until recently it was rare for an Android device to offer a way to take a screen shot without rooting it.
    – ale
    Commented Nov 16, 2011 at 2:12
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    For what its worth, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (with most recent stock software update) allows you to take screenshots (without being rooted). So, I think pre-ICS it's possible...at least in Honeycomb
    – user9676
    Commented Nov 16, 2011 at 15:01

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You can take screen shots with ddms and the Android SDK. It's not hard to set up. See http://www.thefireblog.com/2011/11/16/houston-we-have-screenshots/:

So, here’s a quick summary people:

  • Install the android SDK tools, then the platform-tools
  • Edit your adb_usb.ini file to add the 0×1949 vendor ID at the end
  • Ensure that adb is running properly
  • Check that your device is online
  • Run ddms
  • Start taking your screenshots using the Device > Screen Capture option.
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    Very cool that this doesn't require root, +1. Commented Nov 18, 2011 at 22:02

This might help:

How to take a screenshot with an Android device?

Basically Android doesn't provide you a direct way to take a screenshot the way iOS does. But Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will.

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    Yes, except the Fire will not be getting ICS. It's Android under the hood, but they forked it a long time ago and Amazon will be updating it going forward.
    – ale
    Commented Nov 16, 2011 at 2:11

I haven't tested since I don't have my Fire yet, but it can be rooted with SuperOneClick, which means you can probably take screenshots with an app like ShootMe or Screenshot ER 2.

I would think Amazon would advertise it if it could take screenshots without root, so I would suspect non-root users to be out of luck. That said, ShootMe has been known to work on some unrooted phones. Nobody knows why, but you could try it and hope :P

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