[Update: Canceled completely] Breaking: Google I/O 2020 has been canceled, will be held remotely
Google I/O 2020 has officially been canceled. This is the latest tech event to be canceled due to concerns around the potential spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The decision was made in accordance with “health guidance from the CDC, WHO, and other health authorities.” Although the physical event will not happen, Google will still hold sessions remotely.
In an email to ticket holders, Google explained that all guests who purchased a ticket to Google I/O will receive a full refund by March 13th. Guests who have registered for I/O 2020 will be automatically granted the option of purchasing a ticket for I/O 2021, no drawing required.
A #GoogleIO update.
Due to concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19), we’ve decided to cancel this year’s physical event at Shoreline Amphitheatre. It’s sad that we won’t be able to gather as a developer community but your health and safety is our priority. (1/2)
— Google Developers (@googledevs) March 3, 2020
Google says they will “explore other ways to evolve Google I/O to best connect with our developer community” in the coming weeks. The official website will be updated with information as we approach the event. This is a disappointing development for anyone who was looking forward to attending the event, but it’s a smart decision.
Update: Canceled completely
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
After originally planning to hold digital events in place of a physical Google I/O conference, the company is now canceling the event completely. This comes after the State of California issued a “shelter in place” requirement. Google goes on to say that they “remain committed to sharing ongoing Android updates” on the developer blog and forums. It sounds like Android 11 releases will continue as planned.