Android 13 now enables Pixel devices to support the exFAT file system. A first that offers Google smartphones the file support of more than 4 GB contained on external storage, for example.
Thanks to Android 13, and for the first time, Google Pixel smartphones will be able to support the exFAT file system, designed by Microsoft. This allows file management of more than 4 GB on flash storage devices, in particular. This late management on Pixel devices is the result of a long and laborious journey for Google… while other manufacturers, such as Samsung, already offer this support on their smartphones.
As explained by Android Police, which goes back to the genesis of the case, some manufacturers had chosen to pay, from 2006, Microsoft to be able to offer support for exFAT on their products. The idea was thus to allow users to freely use all the peripherals formatted in exfat. The arrival of this file system on Android 13 and the Google Pixel comes three years after Microsoft chose to push forward the integration of exFAT technology into the kernel Linux.
The exfat on the pixel … a long history
However, it was not until the developers working on the kernel Android look at the issue and integrate, late, this functionality added to the kernel Linux. However, there was still a problem to be solved for exFAT to materialize on Pixel devices. Supported with Android 12 (based on Kernel Linux 5.10), the file system was still not compatible with Pixel 6, in particular, due to an alleged absence of binaries “helpspecific, notes Android Police. It seems that this gap has since been filled with Android 13.
The Pixel 6/6 Pro equipped with the Android 13 beta can therefore finally manage the exfat file system. This “noveltyshould then extend to devices from manufacturers who had not relied on Microsoft technology until now.
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