Google has made some changes to the timeframe surrounding Android 11's arrival, thanks to the COVID-19 situation. With the Google I/O developer conference no longer taking placing May 12-14 as previously scheduled, Google has settled on June 3 to fully show off the latest version of Android.
The company will reveal the new operating system during a virtual event called #Android11: The Beta Launch Show. Google says the launch show will the developers' opportunity to see what's new in Android. It will be hosted by Dave Burke and will feature portions hosted by Google's Stephanie Cuthbertson. When the presentation portion is complete, Burke and others will wrap-up with a post-show Q&A session held live. Questions can be posted via Twitter using the #AskAndroid hashtag.
Worried about missing all those in-depth sessions normally held during I/O? Well, Google is meeting in the middle with a number of talks that it says will range from Jetpack Compose to Android Studio and Google Play. These were originally slated to take place during the developer conference, and are instead being repurposed to accommodate everyone's stuck-home state. Interested? Developers can sign up here.
Along with the rescheduled Android reveal, so too has the release of Android itself been postponed a few weeks. Google typically seeds its first full public Android beta build during Google I/O. Instead, Google this week released a fourth developer preview build. Google said the build focused on providing stability and performance improvements in order to make life easier for developers. The first public beta will now launch June 3 after the #Android11: The Beta Launch Show.
"To help us meet the needs of the ecosystem while being mindful of the impacts on our developers and partners, we’ve decided to add a bit of extra time in the Android 11 release schedule," said Burke in a blog post. "We’re moving out Beta 1 and all subsequent milestones by about a month, which gives everyone a bit more room but keeps us on track for final release later in Q3."
Here are the major milestones you need to know. The fourth developer preview is available now. Beta 1 release moves to June 3, along with the final SDK and NDK APIs. Moreover, Google Play publishing for apps targeting Android 11 will open June 3. Beta 2's release will move to July, and Google believes it will reach Platform stability by that point. Beta 3 moves to August and will include release candidate Builds for testing as needed. The final public release for Android 11 is slated for Q3, which means before the end of September.
Google believes this new schedule, which includes distributing the final APIs when they were originally expected, should ensure developers have all the tools and time they need to prepare.
Developer preview four is supported by the Pixel 2, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3 device families.