Google has announced over the weekend that it was delaying its scheduled release of the public beta version of the Android 11 OS and The Beta Launch Show, a live-streamed event that was intended to reveal significant Android updates and announcements.
The company has announced the delay via a tweet, which says that ‘now is not the time to celebrate,’ in lieu of the protests taking place all over the United States and the world. Google has initially planned to launch the Android 11 beta and host the event on June 3rd.
“We are excited to tell you more about Android 11, but now is not the time to celebrate. We are postponing the June 3rd event and beta release. We’ll be back with more on Android 11 soon,” the company said.
The Final Release Date Doesn’t Change
After calling off its physical developer conference, Google I/O 2020, because of the coronavirus outbreak, the company decided to host The Beta Launch Show. According to 9to5Google, the online event would feature a talk from Dave Burke, Android vice-president of engineering, Stephanie Cuthbertson, senior director of product management, and others.
Besides the keynotes, the event also planned a live Q&A with the hashtag #AskAndroid on Twitter. Google intends to feature other talks as well, on topics including storage access, state of Kotlin, and Android Jetpack, as well as more others during the event.
The company pushed back Beta 1 and ‘all subsequent milestones’ by approximately a month, and released Developer Preview 4 instead. The Beta 1 will comprise the final SDK and NDK APIs with the launch and open up Google Play publishing for applications targeting the new Android version. Beta 2 is postponed until July and will bring Platform Stability, while Beta 3 is set to be released in August and will include candidate versions for the final testing.
9to5Google reports that the delay will not change the final release date for Android 11, which is planned to launch in the third quarter of this year.