Any immediate concerns? I'm not intimately familiar with HDFS, but I'm otherwise confident that GCS, S3, and local filesystems can all give us a suitable timestamp.
In the short term, this change would allow users to write their own polling logic on top of FileSystems to periodically check for updates to files. Currently, you would need to fall back to the APIs for each individual storage provider.
Longer term, I'd love to see FileIO.match.continuously support an option for returning updated contents when files are updated.