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  • The COVID-19 pandemic prevented the search engine giant to hold the Google I/O 2020
  • Because of this the company made a replacement online event dubbed as the Android 11: the Beta Launch Show
  • The event will serve as a venue for Google to share details about Android 11

The current global health crisis introduced a new normal that makes it impossible for people to hold traditional events to launch products. Tech and gaming industries are no stranger to this type of setup, and the Google I/O is one of the yearly events not happening this year. However, it looks like the search engine giant is preparing a replacement event where it could launch the Android 11.

Google initially scheduled its yearly Google I/O event on May 12, 2020, but as early as Mar. the event was canceled because of the COVID-19 virus. One of the highlights of the show is the release of the Android 11. Typically, the release comes with lots of details about the software the search engine giant has been working on.

But, Google recently revealed that it is holding the Android 11: the Beta Launch Show, as a replacement to the Google I/O event. It is going to be an online vent that will start at 8 a.m. PT on Jun. 3, 2020. Google’s Android Engineering VP Dave Burke will host a keynote to share what the company has been working on over the past months.

The festival-like developer conference known as the Google I/O, whose 2019 edition is pictured here, is being canceled over coronavirus fears The festival-like developer conference known as the Google I/O, whose 2019 edition is pictured here, is being canceled over coronavirus fears Photo: AFP / Josh Edelson

The executive will be joined with Senior Director of Product Management Stephanie Cuthbertson and several other speakers. A live question and answer will follow where interested viewers could ask questions by using #AskAndroid on Twitter. The live streaming event will align with the release of the Android 11 Beta. 

The beta releases are the next major step in the development process of the search engine giant. Following the release is the wide range of smartphone support and much easier installation. The series of developer previews already unveiled several Android 11 features. It includes dark mode scheduling, scrolling screenshots, better motion senses and screen recording function, among others.

For software developers, the Android 11 Beta 1 will come with final NDK and SDK APIs. It will also include publishing support on Google Play. In Jul. 2020, developers will see Platform Stability. In Aug. 2020, the Android 11 Beta 3 will be the release candidate for the software’s final testing. So far, Google has not yet revealed when it will publicly release the Android 11, but it is anticipated to arrive in the Q3 2020.