Thanks to Android 13, Google Pixel smartphones will be able to support the exFAT file system, which was created by Microsoft. This allows files larger than 4 GB to be processed on flash storage devices, in particular. This delayed handling of Pixel devices is the result of a long and arduous journey for Google … while other manufacturers, like Samsung, already offer this support on their smartphones.
As Android Police explains, dating back to the genesis of the issue, some manufacturers have chosen to pay Microsoft since 2006 to be able to offer exFAT support on their products. The idea was to allow users the freedom to use all exFAT formatted devices such as hard drives and external drives. The arrival of this file system on Android 13 and the 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 it and then integrate this feature that was previously added to the Linux kernel. However, there is still an issue that needs to be resolved in order for exFAT to materialize on Pixel devices. Supported by Android 12 (based on Linux Kernel 5.10), the file system was not yet compatible with the Pixel 6, in particular due to the alleged absence of specific “help” binaries, Android Police notes. It appears that this gap has since been filled by Android 13.
The Pixel 6/6 Pro with Android 13 beta can finally handle the exFAT file system. This “newness” should be extended to devices from manufacturers that have not yet bet on Microsoft technology.