If you have ever tried recording long videos of 4K quality on your mobile phone, you might have noticed that the video automatically jumps after 12 minutes to another video though continuing to record. Thus, you would have found that an hour’s recording you did continuously is saved as five different videos of 12 minutes each. This is due to a limitation inherent in the Android operating system, which cannot create a video of more than 4 GB. The video recording technology within the software was created by Google in 2014 and has not changed since. The information now is that the next iteration of the OS, the Android 11 will include this much desirable upgrade.
Smartphones Have Moved Miles Ahead
The camera section in smartphones has been receiving increasing attention from designers. It has become commonplace to find phones with triple and quad-camera setups. The primary shooters have now reached a high of 108MP and 4K recording of videos is also a regular feature. Market sources indicate that even 8K recording capability is not far off. At the other end, the onboard storage levels have risen by leaps and bounds. From 16 GB and 32 GB storage, you can now take the storage on your smartphone up to 1TB with a microSD card. These developments have possibly induced Google to make changes to its software.
Gerrit Discloses the Change is in the Offing
The Android Open Source Project Gerrit has information that Android 11 will have the change to accept longer recordings of videos and mux them to compresses for easier storage. According to this commit in Gerrit, “Android will now “use 64bit offset in mpeg4writer,” which allows Android “to compose/mux files more than 4 GB in size.”
It is further learned that this new feature has already been put to test by Google and a video file of 32 GB has been successfully composed.
Google may start working with smartphone manufacturers to fix a limit for the file size for video recording suitably and making the changes in the camera APIs.
Since even the latest Android OS version 10 is yet to reach many devices, it will be a long time for you to download and experience the new feature on your mobile. Google makes the beta version available for developers to give their feedback at the earliest is March each year.