Google Postpones Android 11 Release Event Amid Protests in US

Alonzo Simpson
June 2, 2020

Alphabet's Google on Saturday mentioned it has postponed subsequent week's deliberate unveiling of the beta model of its newest Android 11 cellular working system in mild of protests and unrest in the United States.

This is most likely the company showing solidarity with those affected by the events transpiring in NY, where riots what broken out in protest of the alleged killing of George Floyd. Google was meant to end its developer preview releases in April and start with beta releases in May, but that has been now been postponed.

According to a blog from Google released earlier this year, Android 11 will bring new capabilities to apps including adaptations for foldable and 5G devices.

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The company went on to say in that statement that it was looking for ways to do "more than just stating we are allies". Last week, Sony announced an online showcase that would give gamers a first look at PlayStation 5 games in action.

To recall, Google released Android 11 Developer Preview 1 back in February, whereas the latest Android 11 DP4 is the newest and last developer preview as per the company's Android 11 road map. But the tweet didn't provide a new date for the event. The first Android 11 beta was slated to roll out on June 3.

Several people on Twitter have applauded Google's decision of delaying the Android 11 online event, whereas, a couple of users who were waiting for the Android 11 release said there is no need to mix politics and tech announcements. The attention needs to be on Floyd's death and the officers responsible. And that it won't be coming until August, if not even later. Though Pixel smartphones don't sell that well anyways. That label is missing from the Android 11 beta update received today by Rahman's sources.

While Samsung devices have been called out as being particularly susceptible, this issue has also cropped up on Google Pixels and other Android phones. It doesn't look like it's going to get any easier.

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