Google puts Samsung file system on Pixel 3 and 3 XL

Oct

11

2018

Google has used the f2fs file system from Samsung on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. This should enable higher reading speeds of the uf storage. Previous generations of smartphones use ext4.

Google has started using f2fs because it now supports ‘inline crypto hardware’, says Tim Murray , who heads the division that deals with the performance of Pixel phones. That was not the case yet and according to Murray, high-end smartphones were better off with a combination of ext4 and a separate block for hardware encryption.

It is not the first Google hardware that uses f2fs. The Nexus 9 tablet from four years ago also has f2fs, writes Android Police . In addition, many smartphones use the file system, including models from OnePlus and Huawei. F2fs was made for flash storage and Samsung presented it in 2012. It has experienced many problems, but has to increase read speeds and perform better if there is less storage than ext4. Benchmark results that Android Police has put online seem to support that.

There is also more information about the camera functions of the Pixel 3. DPReview writes that Google made recordings in raw possible, but it is a dng file that is a combination of up to fifteen frames. The camera software also gives a warm glow in low-light faces to create the illusion of a hot fill-in flash.

Google presented the Pixel 3 XL Tuesday together with the smaller Pixel 3, which has no notch. Tweakers published a preview of both Google smartphones.

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