Google’s planned announcement of coming features to Android 11 slated for June 3rd has been postponed till further notice. On Friday evening, Android’s developer Twitter account said “We are excited to tell you more about Android 11, but now is not the time to celebrate.” The company says that it will “be back with more on Android 11, soon,” but the when it didn’t reveal.
Even though Google didn’t link the postponement to the ongoing protests in many American cities leading to looting, and fires, it is difficult not to see the association between the two. The latest in a series of use of excessive force by US police particularly on people of colour led to the death of one George Floyd in Minnesota triggered protests in several US cities. Earlier in the year, one 26-year-old Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by police in her Louisville, Kentucky, home in March, and another, Ahmaud Arbery, was jogging in an Atlanta, Georgia, neighborhood before being shot by two white men in February.
To put things in proper perspective, President Donald Trump’s tweet was put behind a warning by Twitter yesterday claiming that the tweet glorifies violence against Twitter rules.
The move from Google on all levels is the right decision to make. Human-wise it’s good they are postponing it, business-wise it makes good sense. Nobody will be in the mood to watch new features launch at this point in time.