Google’s first public Android 11 beta goes live on 3rd June

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Next week Google was originally scheduled to host is annual I/O developer conference, but like many other tech events it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It means that we’ll only get our first look at the new Android 11 operating system later in the year.

3rd June to be more precise, with a virtual event going live at the same time as access to the first public beta for the OS does.

The Beta Launch Show, as it is being dubbed, will go live at 17:00 local time, with details for viewing included in the video about the announcement below. You can also set a reminder to watch the virtual event on the Android 11 website.

The keynote for the event is one hour long where Dave Burke, VP of engineering, and Stephanie Cuthbertson, senior director of product management, will unpack some of the elements and features that have been baked into this latest iteration of the operating system.

There will also be a live Q&A portion following the keynote, with developers interested in finding out more prompted to tweet their questions to the Android Developers account using the hashtag #AskAndroid.

As for the other betas planned between 3rd June and the official rollout to customers, Google says it has had to push back access giving some of the logistical challenges posed by COVID-19. The result is that beta 2 will head into July and beta 3 into August.

The fully fledged version of Android 11 is expected to launch at the end of Q3 as a result, which should give it a late-September window.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.