27 March 2020
Update: March 21, 2020
Earlier this month Google announced that it is calling off the physical part of the annual I/O developers conference due to Coronavirus. The company announced that it will rather conduct an online-only event. But, now, the digital event has also been totally scrapped as California shuts down completely. The company has made it clear that it does not intend to reschedule these events in person or in a virtual capacity at all this year.
Here's what Google said,
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
Please know that we remain committed to sharing ongoing Android updates with you through our developer blogs and community forums. (3/3)— Google Developers (@googledevs) March 20, 2020
Original Post (March 4, 2020)
The growing concerns around the COVID-19 Coronavirus, so many big events that were scheduled to happen in 2020 have either been canceled or postponed. Recently, Google announced it is shifting its Cloud Next event to digital-only event and now it has officially announced the cancelation of its other biggest event of the year as well.
Google I/O which was scheduled to happen from May 12 to May 14 in Mountain View, California, has officially been canceled.
Google I/O is the company’s biggest developers conference that happens every year. While bringing some developer-specific stuff, the company also announces some biggest revelations and features for the end-users at the event. We get to hear about new changes to Android, Google-powered hardware, and even updates to services like Google Maps.
Google shifted the physical portion of enterprise-focused meetup to an online-only event, but it hasn’t disclosed its plans for the annual developers conference yet. Google says it’s now exploring “other ways to evolved Google I/O to best connect with and continue to build our developer community.”
A Google spokesperson in a statement to The Verge said,
Due to concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19), and in accordance with health guidance from the CDC, WHO, and other health authorities, we have decided to cancel the physical Google I/O event at Shoreline Amphitheatre.
According to Google’s official blog on I/O, attendees will be refunded in full by March 13th. Also, those who have registered for the event will be automatically granted the option of purchasing the I/O 2021 ticket.