It could happen with the March 2023 Pixel Feature Drop
The screen recording feature on Android currently captures your entire phone screen including any notifications that may appear during the process. Therefore, users should carefully time screen recordings or enable airplane mode to avoid disruption. Google seems aware of this issue and is working on a new change that will let you record specific apps instead of the entire screen.
9to5Google spotted an experimental screen recording UI in Android 13 QPR2 Beta 2, which lets you select a specific app to record. The “Share or save an app” header on the new UI suggests that the feature will also allow users to choose a specific app to cast to another device instead of casting the phone screen.
As the embedded video shows, the new feature will give users quick access to a selection of recent apps to save or cast, followed by additional apps in an expanded dialog that resembles Android’s share sheet. .
The improved screen recording feature is not available in the latest Android 13 QPR 2 beta, so we cannot confirm how individual app recording or casting will work. The feature appears to be a work in progress and Google may enable it in a later beta. However, you shouldn’t expect it to arrive on your device until the March 2023 Pixel feature rollout.
Regardless of when the feature arrives, it’s definitely a useful addition that will benefit many Android users, including us here at XDA. We often need to capture screen recordings for tutorials, and this feature will make the process much less boring.
Along with the new screen recording feature, Android 13 QPR2 Beta 2 also reveals details about a few upcoming changes like the ability to transfer eSIM profiles to a new phone, an updated taskbar interface for large screen devices and automatically themed icons in pixel launcher. You can learn more about these features by checking out our previous coverage.