Google’s annual developer’s conference Google I/O which was supposed to be held on May 12-14, 2020, is being canceled by the company due to concerns over coronavirus. This was announced by the company a day ago on their official website.
Google said that the decision to cancel the Google I/O is due to the concerns around coronavirus (COVID-19) and in accordance with the health guidance from CDC, WHO, and other health authorities
Google I/O is an annual developers conference held by Google in Mountain View, California. It was first started in 2008 and is organized by the executive team of Google. I/O stands for Input/Output and also for Innovation in the Open.
Those who registered for the Google I/O 2020 event would be directly eligible for the next year’s conference to buy tickets and they do not have to enter for the drawing of tickets next year separately. The company also promised that the refund of the ticket amount for 2020, will be given to the developers and visitors who have purchased them and will reach their accounts by March 13, 2020.
This I/O of Google is extremely important in the sense that this is the event where new android developers are given opportunities through in-person developer-focused events. The event also gives us an idea of what Google is working on and what are the main features of the next Android release. Android 11 is set to release this year.
It is unknown how Google will unveil these new Android 11 features to the enthusiasts and it seems that they will be holding an online event for the same sometime this year.
Sundar Pichai, CEO, Alphabet, and Google, tweeted that “We want to help businesses and schools impacted by COVID-19 stay connected: starting this week, we’ll roll out free access to our advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities through July 1, 2020, to all G Suite customers globally”
We can only make guesses that the company might be planning to use the Hangout Meet Video conference to host the Google I/O meets virtually.