Android smartphones, for the longest time, restricts users from recording video files larger than 4GB in size. This limitation may be lifted with the introduction of Android 11, the next major update of the Android operating system that is set for release by next year.
According to a description of a new commit in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) gerrit, Google will update Android’s media classes to exclude the 32-bit file size limitation. In a test conducted by Google, a video file of around 32GB was successfully recorded, and a seperate test even managed to use up a phone’s entire storage capacity with a single recording.
The long overdue update to video recording file size limitation is much needed in current and next generation smartphones. Reasons being that phone camera quality as well as storage capacities have increased drastically throughout the years. With 4K and 8K video recording support now possible on smartphones, it would make a lot of sense for file size limitations to be abolished or updated.
The commit has not been implemented just yet, but it is expected to be included in the upcoming Android 11 release in 2020. It’s believed that an Android 11 beta may be arriving in March of next year, with a full release expected sometime in August.
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