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Google responds to leaked Android 11 release date rumor (Updated)
- A Google representative revealed a potential Android 11 launch date.
- Google confirmed to Android Authority that this was an error, and that plans have yet to be finalized.
- The rumored September 8 launch date is roughly in line with the Android 10 schedule last year.
Update: July 8, 2020 at 1:41 PM ET: It looks like the rumored Android 11 release date could be false. Google confirmed to Android Authority that the September 8 Android 11 release date was an error, and that the launch date is not yet confirmed.
That doesn’t rule out a September 8 launch date completely, but for now, the company claims the release date has yet to be finalized.
Original article: July 8, 2020 at 10:09 AM ET: Android 11 beta versions have been available for a while now, giving users a taste of the next Android update. We usually have a few months to wait until the stable version hits devices, and now it looks like Google may have accidentally given us the final launch date.
According to a video posted from Google’s Smart Home Summit (h/t: PhoneArena), Android 11 will launch on September 8. Skip to the 18 minute mark in the video below to get a look at the apparent confirmation, or check the image up top.
The Android 10 update launched on September 3 2019, so the September 8 date is clearly in a similar time frame. Going back even further, Android 9 Pie launched on August 6 2018.
Nevertheless, one thing you can count on is that this update won’t hit a ton of smartphones at once. Generally speaking, the update first comes to Google Pixel phones, with other devices waiting a while. The Essential Phone received a day one Android 9 and Android 10 update, but it won’t be getting a stable Android 11 update though.
We’ve contacted Google for more clarification regarding this apparent launch date and will update the article accordingly when/if they get back to us.