Android Q beta update for the Tecno Spark 3 Pro arrived in May 2019, the first of its kind on a Tecno Mobile handset. It was also the first time that more than 15 non-Google devices joined the Pixels in testing the upcoming Android OS.
Over two months later, though, the Chinese tech company has yet to release another beta version of Android Q for the Spark 3 Pro with bug fixes and improvements. During this period, the Google Pixels and Essential Phone have received two more beta versions and are expected to receive the stable version soon while the likes of OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T are now receiving their third Android Q beta updates.
While it was a good move for Tecno to join the Android Q beta party early enough, not having regular updates to the initial software isn’t doing them any favors. I have been using Android Q beta on a Tecno Spark 3 Pro for a couple or so weeks now and honestly, the software is quite buggy.
One annoying bug is when playing videos on Twitter, where playback is cyclic. Apparently, this bug also affects Instagram users. The issue further extends to some YouTube videos playing in 420p and 720p as well as when playing videos in any web browser.
HiOS launcher is also buggy with occasional instances of a stretched wallpaper and in certain cases, the phone doesn’t even detect the SIM cards. It’s mostly for the latter reason that I haven’t had my primary SIM card in the Tecno Spark 3 Pro.
Sure, these are some of the characteristics of beta software and it’s totally understandable. But for a company that wants us to Expect More from them going forward, perhaps the Spark 3 Pro should have received at least one beta update by now.
It makes me wonder whether the move to include Tecno Spark 3 Pro in Android Q beta program was ill-timed or it was just Tecno pulling a “me too” stunt. If things stay as they are well into August, the latter wins for me.
What’s your story with Tecno Spark 3 Pro Android Q beta?