Google delays Android 11 Beta, releases Developer Preview 4 instead
Earlier today, the Android Developers official YouTube channel released a short video teaser where it announced a new launch date of June 1 for the official release of Android 11 Beta. Normally, Google would release the Android Beta once Google I/O kicks off (which would have taken place on May 12, 13, and 14), but COVID-19 forced the major event to be cancelled entirely.
Google is going to be kicking off a virtual conference starting with #Android 11: the Beta Launch Show. The show starts at 8AM Pacific (11AM EST) on June 1 and will hold presentations on the topics that were expected for Google I/O.
For Android 11, we were expecting three Developer Previews, and three Beta builds, but Google went ahead and released a fourth build of the Preview and pushed back the Beta release schedule. Beta 1 comes in June, Beta 2 in July, and Beta 3 in August. The final release is then expected sometime after, but not after the #MadebyGoogle event, which is normally where Google announces the next Pixel device, sometime in October.
The fourth Developer Preview of Android 11 doesn’t bring any new features - especially since Developer Preview 3 was released just under two weeks ago. Instead, it gives developers more time to get their apps ready for the Android 11 Beta. The Developer Preview 4 is an “incremental update for stability and performance”.
If your Pixel device is already running a previous build of the Android 11 Preview, your device will pull the latest build OTA. Otherwise, you must flash the latest image manually.
- 09 May 2020
Prediction: Some google exec is going to come on stage and say that's he's really excited to announce that his team has been working real hard on the things we love and all they did was to change the look of the status bar icons and move them around ...
- 07 May 2020
Aye, time for Fuschia. Isn't that there next one?
- 07 May 2020
Android is great for me. And will be great. iOS? No thanks.