Thanks to Android 13, Google Pixel smartphones will be able to support the exFAT file system, designed by Microsoft. This allows handling of files larger than 4GB on flash storage devices, in particular. This belated handling on Pixel devices is the result of a long and tiring journey for Google… while other manufacturers, such as Samsung, already offer this support on their smartphones.
As Android Police explains, which dates back to the genesis of the case, some manufacturers had chosen to pay, since 2006, Microsoft to be able to offer exFAT support on their products. The idea was to allow users to freely use all exFAT formatted devices such as hard drives and external sticks. The arrival of this file system on Android 13 and Google Pixel comes three years after Microsoft chose to continue integrating exFAT technology into the Linux kernel.
However, it was necessary to wait for the developers working on the Android kernel to delve into the matter and subsequently integrate this functionality previously added to the Linux kernel. However, there was still a problem for exFAT to materialize on Pixel devices. Supported with Android 12 (based on Linux 5.10 Kernel), the file system was not yet compatible with Pixel 6, in particular due to an alleged absence of specific “help” binaries, notes Android Police. It appears that this gap has since been filled with Android 13.
Pixel 6/6 Pro equipped with Android 13 beta can then finally handle the exFAT file system. This “novelty” should then extend to the devices of manufacturers that until now had not bet on Microsoft technology.