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Android 11 got rid of the 4GB limit on videos, but the Google Camera app is still capped

Android 11 may not have had a lot of flashy new features, but at least we should credit it for fixing or improving some of the outstanding issues. Back in June, we examined a fix that had just rolled out in the first Android 11 beta that would lift the 4GB cap on videos captured by the camera. While the API that had previously been responsible for setting the 4GB limit was no longer a constraint, it didn’t actually make a difference with the Google Camera app or most of the other popular video recorders tested. Now that Android 11 has rolled out and many of us with Pixel phones are running it, here’s what has changed and how it works today.

To answer the obvious question, yes, the Google Camera app still has a file size cap. Video files recorded on Android 11 will now split at 10GB instead of the original 4GB imposed by Android 10. The new cap comes out to about 33 minutes at [email protected] — and much longer with a lower resolution and/or slower frame rate. This is a bit more than double the old time of about 13 minutes.

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