Google was scheduled to reveal its next major update to Android last month at its yearly I/O developers conference. However, with the public health crisis wreaking havoc across the world – the event, which takes place in a large amphitheatre opposite the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California – had to be cancelled.
With lockdown enforced in countries across the world, travel restrictions and the obvious block on people-packed gatherings, Google made the decision to switch from a physical showcase to an online-only event. This live-streamed launch was supposed to take place tomorrow, Wednesday June 3, with Android fans getting a first glimpse of the new Android features and a date when the public beta would be made available for download.
However, Android fans face fresh disappointment as this live stream has now been put on hold as well, with a recent tweet from the company announcing the cancellation. Speaking on ___, Android Developers team said: “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.”
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There's no news on when it will now take place but it could be many weeks before the situation comes under control.
Sony has also indefinitely postponed a PlayStation 5 event, scheduled to stream later this week and reveal gameplay from a number of exclusive titles planned for the next-generation home console set to launch later this year, due to the protests and unrest.
Apple will be next to make a decision about its software unveilings with the Cupertino firm lifting the lid on its next updates on June 22.
In previous years, this global event sees thousands of developers, analysts and journalists head to California to hear the latest from Apple but this year will be a lot different. Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, Apple will be revealing everything in a live stream with fans able to tune-in from the comfort and safety of their homes.
Apple will, no doubt, be monitoring the situation closely over the days and weeks ahead and we'll wait to see what decisions it makes.
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