About a month ago, we posted our review of the Swann Floodlight Security System. Overall, it is a pretty decent system. However, with the recent Android 10 update, that’s changed and a bug with the SAFE by Swann app makes the camera inaccessible.
Backing up a couple months, when I first received the system to review, the Android Q beta came out. I, of course, promptly installed it and everything seemed to be working fine… except the SAFE by Swann app. When launching the app, it simply force closed after showing the app logo screen. In order to finish the review, I reverted back to Android Pie and all was well again. I did notify Swann support of the issue and there’s even a thread on the Swann Support site informing them of the crash. (NOTE: for some reason, the Swann Support community forum has been down for maintenance for at least a couple of days.) At any rate, it worked fine on Pie, support had been notified, and I went on my merry way.
Fast forward to September 3rd when Android 10 officially launched for the Google Pixel devices. Like other Pixel users, I mashed that refresh button and promptly upgraded when given the opportunity.
As for the Swann security camera system, I didn’t give it much thought. To be honest, my normal usage is to ignore the motion notifications because I know why it’s going off when it does. That being said, one morning shortly after updating to Android 10 I had a notification that there was a motion event in the middle of the night. Not thinking twice, I tapped it, the SAFE by Swann app opened… and force closed as soon as it hit the dashboard. I tried again only to discover the same thing.
I then recalled I was on the beta version of the app, as I’m apt to do with most apps, so I opted out of the beta, uninstalled it, and installed the stable version. I fired it up and the same thing happened. A quick Google search revealed I wasn’t alone in experiencing this bug with the app and Android 10 and I emailed Swann support on September 10th. They suggested I try the beta app and thanked me for bringing the issue to their attention.
And here we are on September 23rd and still no resolution. I did hear from support yesterday, however, they “still don’t have any update regarding this.” As a result, while the camera still operates, I can’t access any of the settings or video clips on it because the SAFE by Swann app crashes. To be honest, this basically makes the camera useless.
On that note, all my other smart home apps work just fine under Android 10. Ring, Schlage, myQ, Phyn, and ecobee all launch and work as one would expect after the upgrade. Being a computer guy, I understand that some OS updates require app coding updates as well. However, give that all my other smart home apps work just fine with Android 10 and SAFE by Swann is the only one that doesn’t, that doesn’t give me great confidence in the Swann security camera ecosystem. One would expect that a company touting home security solutions would be on top of Android changes and updates to ensure their customers can change any settings and reliably view any captured footage from motion events on their systems. Not to mention, there’s no way to view said footage from the web either.
As a result, it’s just a waiting game for me and everyone else with a Swann security camera system who have Android 10 on their smartphones. Unfortunately, at this time, I can’t recommend Swann products for home security if you are running Android 10. Honestly, I have a hard time recommending them even if you aren’t as this incident doesn’t instill faith that this issue won’t happen with the next Android update or the one after that.
Do you have a Swann security camera and have been “locked out” because you’re running Android 10? Have you been considering one and will now be evaluating a second choice? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook, or MeWe.
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