Tecno’s latest smartphone in the local market, the Tecno Pouvoir 4, is part of Google’s Android 11 beta programme.
Google, which attributes the opening up of its Android test programme to device makers for the fast adoption that Android 10 witnessed, confirmed last week that 7 device makers had joined its Android 11 beta programme.
The company released the Android 11 beta 2 last week. The final beta build, beta 3, is expected to be released on September 8.
According to a statement from the Chinese device maker, Tecno has been part of the beta programme since last week, starting on July 10, when the Tecno Pouvoir 4 gained access to beta 1 and started allowing users to sign up to test the upcoming version of Android.
The beta 1 build was made public in early June and then, only 3 device makers, Oppo, Xiaomi and OnePlus, had confirmed taking part in the programme.
Tecno started selling the Pouvoir 4 in Kenya just the other day. As such, it may not yet be in the hands of many. However, for anyone who wants to try out what’s coming to Android later in the year, Tecno’s dedicated page for the Android 11 beta programme has all the details and everything one would need to make running Android 11 beta on the Tecno Pouvoir 4 possible.
As was the case with the Spark 3 Pro last year, remember it is test software and things may not go as smoothly as they were before when you were on a stable release.
Just like we saw with the Tecno Spark 3 Pro last year, this also means that users of the Tecno Pouvoir 4 are assured of a clear path to Android 11, not a mean feat for a Kshs 15,000 device.
Android 11 brings with it better support for 5G smartphones, support for “waterfall” curved displays on smartphones, more privacy-focused features, lots and lots of bubbles in chats and more.