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Do you know that Android phones cannot record video files that are larger than 4GB in size? Yes. It’s true. However, that could possibly change next year in the next version, Android 11. Of course, saying that the change would be a welcome development is a huge understatement.

This limitation keeps getting more annoying as days goes by, because currently, we now have mobile phones that are capable of recording 4K videos at 30fps basically everywhere, and that means big file sizes. 4K60 consumes even more space, and of course we are expecting first set devices with 8K recording capabilities to show up on the market in the nearest future.

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With that in consideration, the size per minute of video captured will only go up, which means that you’ll fit less and less time into that 4GB. As it is right now, video recording won’t stop after the current file that’s being created has reached 4GB, the camera app will keep recording subsequent files. So if you keep going, even at 4K30, you may find that your Gallery has a bunch of different files stored for what you thought was one continuous recording. Not ideal, for sure.

The 4GB limitation was introduced in 2014, when the mobile world was much different in terms of hardware capabilities, and while it may have made some sense then, it definitely is just a step back in user experience right now. Google seems to have realized this.

The description of a new commit in the Android Open Source Project gerrit says Google will allow Android to “compose/mux files more than 4GB in size” in the next major version of the OS. That’s Android 11, and if the company keeps to its previous time frames, the first beta should be out sometime in March.

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