Google postpones Android 11 beta event amid protests in the US

"Now is not the time to celebrate," the search giant says.

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Google is postponing its Android launch event.

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Google said late Friday that it's postponing a virtual event that had been planned for next week, where the search giant was set to unveil the newest version of its Android mobile operating system. 

The company didn't give a specific reason for the delay but suggested the postponement may be due to protests taking place across the country. People have gathered in cities including Oakland, California; Atlanta and New York in response to the death of George Floyd, a black man in Minnesota who died in police custody.

"We are excited to tell you more about Android 11, but now is not the time to celebrate," Google said in a tweet.

The event, which was scheduled for June 3, was slated to feature keynote addresses from Android's vice president of engineering, Dave Burke, and senior director of product management, Stephanie Cuthbertson. 

Google didn't announce a new date for the event.