Google delays Android 11 Beta launch owing to protests in US

Ruben Fields
June 1, 2020

The latest addition to the list of events being postponed is the Android 11 launch that was slated for the 3rd of June. There's no specific reason given for the change in plans, beyond a general sense of acceptance that "now is not the time to celebrate".

It's not explicitly stated, but it would appear the ongoing unrest and protests in the USA, sparked by the death of George Floyd, are the reason behind the move. An online event was planned for 3 June to replace it, but it looks like even that has been postponed. Google was forced to shut down its events, and this year's I/O was canceled entirely. Google has however released the developer previews of Android 11 with the final one that went out this month. The Pixel 4a launch was pushed back as a result, and so was the Android 11 reveal and the release of the first public beta.

After cancelling its physical developer conference, Google I/O 2020, because of the coronavirus pandemic, Google made a decision to host The Beta Launch Show. It's possible that this will also be the date when the company announces details on Android 11.

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Garcetti said the goal is to keep all Los Angeles citizens safe and give law enforcement and firefighters space to keep the peace. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on Saturday that he'd be putting a curfew in place from 8pm tonight to 5:30am tomorrow morning.

"We are excited to tell you more about Android 11, but now is not the time to celebrate", Google wrote on the official Android Developers Twitter account a few hours ago.

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