A few weeks before, Google announced that it will be canceling its annual developer conference, I/O, which was supposed to take place in California in May. This step was taken due to the concerns regarding the spread of the novel coronavirus.
However, at that time, the tech giant canceled this event only on a ground basis and wanted to hold it online instead. But now, the search giant announced today that the online version of Google I/O 2020 is canceled too. This means, the Google I/O 2020 is completely canceled.
The tech giant on its announcement mentioned that California has been aggressive in its fight against COVID-19, and as such, there was simply no way to make Google I/O 2020 happen, even digitally, as everyone is being asked to stay in their homes until further notice. On the same note, Google also mentioned that it will be sharing ongoing Android updates through its developer blogs and community forums.
A #GoogleIO update: Out of concern for the health and safety of our developers, employees, and local communities — and in line with “shelter in place” requirements by the local Bay Area government — we sadly will not be holding an I/O event in any capacity this year. (1/3)
— Google Developers (@googledevs) March 20, 2020
Google I/O is one of the world’s biggest events where the search giant reveals its new hardware and technology. Just like previous years, Google was preparing to debut new hardware such as Pixel 4a at this event.
It will be interesting to see whether Apple also cancels its WWDC 2020 online event or not. The event also would have taken place in California, and although Apple has committed to an “online experience,” it is still unclear if the company will be able to put something together without any of the staff coordinating in person. It is worth noting that the novel coronavirus has affected the tech industry very badly.
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