Android 14, Steps Forward in Full NTFS Support

maybe finally Android 14 It will solve one of its last major limitations from the point of view of integration with Windows: it will be able to read (and above all write) original disks and volumes formatted with the file system NTFS. Mishaal Rahman from Esper has noticed a new commit in the OS source code in the past few hours; Of course, this is far from an official announcement – a thousand obstacles may appear during construction, and it is not impossible, as has happened several times in the past, for the release to be postponed to subsequent editions – but it is for now. Least important in the right direction.

It should be noted that already with Android 13 an important victory was achieved in this sense: native support for the exFAT file system, which was announced and “opened” by Microsoft in 2019, 13 years after its release. However, the support is only limited to Linux Kernel 5.10.2 and newer; The Linux kernel version usually remains the same for the life of the device, even if the Android version has been updated.

This means that they are many Few of the devices on the market are already compatible with exFAT Among those worth mentioning are the Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, and Pixel 7 Pro, to name a few. However, before opening it, Microsoft allowed manufacturers to purchase a license to implement it, so it is possible that some other devices will support it, right away for a bit. As you can imagine, it’s a safer bet when it comes to modern, best-in-class brands – Samsung Galaxy S above all.

For NTFS, the situation is a little more complicated. Meanwhile, it is good to remember that NFTS is older than exFAT, which was primarily developed to think about solid-state memories that are ubiquitous nowadays; Second, it has not been officially “opened” by Microsoft. However, starting with Linux kernel 5.15 onwards, there is full read and write support Thanks to the open source driver known as NTFS3, which is maintained by the German software group Paragon.

The first version of Android 13 based on 5.15 kernel and thus with full NTFS support, at least in theory, was already spotted a few months ago; However, On the Google side, there is still some work to be done, specifically in relation to the “daemon” (or service) that takes care of the composition of the various folders. As we said, there is still a long way to go. However, exFAT scaling is more desirable on the consumer side, as it is generally more supportive and pervasive. NTFS is a welcome addition, of course, but it really is more of a niche.

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