there is an excellent likelihood Android 14 will assist a mannequin new file format

previous-faculty NTFS meeting new-faculty Android

The format wars are almost over — no, it is in all likelihood not the one you are extreme about. for as prolonged as they would possibly, Android cellphone owners have been plugging in exterior drives to maneuver information about for one set off or one other. however when your disk was formatted in something completely different than FAT32, they had been most truly out of luck. these days, Google helps Android make a decided comeback to tablets and completely different massive sort elements which might get hooked as a lot as these exterior drives with these troublesome codecs. a part of that comeback means getting over the NTFS hump.


again in June, we lined the gradual grind that acquired Pixel telephones on Android thirteen to assist exFAT. The situation there was extra complicated as a consequence of particular person Android OEMs (not Google, although) licensed assist from Microsoft again when that agency had propriety over the format. When it launched exFAT into public area, it triggered a sequence of enchancment to combine assist on the Linux kernel, the downstream Android kernel, and the subsequent gadget kernels.

NTFS, additionally a Microsoft-pioneered format, has had a particular story when it acquired here to Linux assist. Our level of entry is pretty current, nonetheless, as be taught/write abilities in NTFS had been integrated into mannequin 5.15 of the kernel. Mishaal Rahman of Esper reported on a Android thirteen kernel based mostly on that mannequin that occurred again in August.

there have been some foremost caveats that will block NTFS assist from being enabled with shut to-future computer software updates or on new models, although. the most vital one was that the quantity daemon, Android’s storage mounting service, wished to be up so far to assist NTFS — one factor nonetheless in Google’s palms.

the good information is that, in line with Rahman, Google has simply constructed and constructed-in a utility that fixes widespread NTFS factors. this would possibly presumably be an indication that the agency is actively progressing on a fuller NTFS assist implementation and opens up the prospect that relevant Android thirteen models as properly as to any gadget on a future Android mannequin will get this revenue. do not get your hopes too extreme if you happen to’ve acquired an Android thirteen gadget, although, as Google’s almost the one OEM that will put inside the work to bump up the Linux base for its gadget kernels. briefly, we might presumably be inside the working for NTFS assist on all Android 14 models if Google retains up its tempo.

If this variety of factor will get your goat going, you’ll possibly want to make your self aware of one other file format, this one be taught-solely, that Android’s been itching to get OEMs on board with.