For the earlier part of this year Google had been planning to unveil new features coming in Android 11 on June 3rd, but it has decided to delay the unveiling. In a tweet on Friday evening, Android’s developer account said that “ We are excited to tell you more about Android 11, but now is not the time to celebrate.” Google says that it will “be back with more on Android 11 soon,” but did not sat when that might be.
Although Google does not explicitly say why, the reason is very clear. The announcement comes as many American cities are filled with protests, looting and fires. The response to the death of George Floyd in Minnesota has extended well beyond the conflict in Minneapolis. The Bay area where Google and most of its employees are based, has seen major conflicts in both San Jose and Oakland the evening when Google made the call to its event.
The uprisings and the government’s response to them have become incredibly serious in the past few days. Not only have feds flown an unarmed Predator drone over Minneapolis, the President Donald Trump’s tweet about looting led to Twitter putting it behind a warning about “glorifying violence.” The tweet has kicked off a chain of events ending with an executive order that, if it had a chance of surviving court challenges, would fundamentally change the nature of the entire internet.
According to Google’s perspective, few people would be in the mood to get excited about new features in Android. On ground levels, i think delaying the launch was simply the right thing to do.