Precisely my point!
Almost every phone can do this (screenshot) without being rooted:
Windows Mobile, iPhone, Blackberry, Palm, etc.
Google has been heavily criticized for not allowing access to the api without root privilege.
They finally fixed it in Gingerbread 2.3.3 and a publicly accessible API is available. There will be (free?) Apps shortly on the Market that use the new api. Stay tuned.
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