At present, one of the most frustrating aspects of Android is the arbitrary video recording limit of many devices.

However, thanks to some digging by the folks over at XDA-Developers, it appears that the current 4GB video recording limit could soon be raised in a future Android 11 build. Alongside the upcoming dark mode scheduling, we’re sure that this would be a very welcome addition — and one that feels long overdue.

If you use any current Android flagship, such as the Google Pixel 4, when recording video at 4K UHD resolution, you’ll get around 12 minutes of continuous footage before the app saves the file and creates a new one. For most people, this isn’t likely an issue if you record for just a few minutes at a time.

It is annoying that files were seemingly recorded in one long session are broken up into these 4GB files within your DCIM folder. To combine them into one file, you’ll have to use a third-party app or video editing software — which is another small annoyance.

XDA notes that a new commit within the AOSP gerrit looks like we’ll see the 4GB video recording limit removed within Android 11. With phones set to be released in 2020 with 8K video recording, the removal of the limit makes a heck of a lot of sense. It would really be frustrating given the increased file size associated with the ultra-high-resolution format.

It’s worth noting that this commit has not been merged yet. So it’s likely to come in a future Android 11 build. Considering the first Android 10 beta was released in March 2019, we may not have long to wait to get over the 4GB video recording limit on our smartphones.

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