Phones shipping with Android 13 will require a technology created by…Huawei?


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  • Google will make EROFS the default read-only record gadget in Android 13.
  • The record gadget was once firstly evolved by way of Huawei.
  • Simplest gadgets that release with Android 13 and Google’s services and products will make the transfer.


Google is making an enchanting — and doubtlessly arguable — determination with (*6*)Android 13, deploying a record gadget evolved by way of Huawei.


(*4*)In line with Esper, Google is making plans on together with the Enhanced Learn-Simplest Record Machine (EROFS) in Android 13, making it the default read-only gadget. The record gadget was once created by way of Xiang Gao when he was once operating as an engineer at Huawei. EROFS provides vital advantages over current record methods, together with space-saving compression and velocity. This may result in a lot sooner updates and no more cupboard space getting used.


Huawei evolved EROFS for inclusion within the Linux kernel, which bureaucracy the foundation of Android. Regardless of in the end being locked out of the Android ecosystem by way of US-led sanctions, the record gadget formally changed into a part of the Linux kernel, starting with Linux 5.4. It has additionally been used on tens of millions of Huawei gadgets and is being followed by way of different producers.

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Google now plans to make it the default record gadget for read-only walls, similar to the ones utilized by the core Android gadget. Because the gadget partition is generally read-only, compressing it’s an interesting solution to save area on information that solely alternate when a gadget replace is carried out. Sadly, maximum compression methods have vital efficiency hits, a limitation that EROFS particularly addresses.


Google throwing its weight in the back of EROFS doesn’t imply that each one gadgets will routinely use it. The alternate will solely have an effect on gadgets that release with Android 13 by way of default and solely those who have Google’s services and products in-built. That implies gadgets operating AOSP (Android Open Supply Venture) won’t use EROFS.