Google I/O 2020 goes online-only due to COVID-19 fears


Sundar Pichai at Google IO
Sundar Pichai's annual keynote appearance will be a streaming-only event.
Photo: Google

The COVID-19 virus killed another major tech event Tuesday, when Google canceled the physical aspect of its annual developers’ conference, Google I/O 2020.

The company sent emails to attendees this afternoon notifying them that the event, scheduled to take place from May 12 to 14, has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns. The news came shortly after Adobe canceled its annual developers’ conference.

“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,” Google said in a statement.

Google I/O 2020 will be different

Full details of how the physical aspect of I/O 2020 will be replaced still haven’t been revealed. Google will likely live-stream all of its events instead. Guests who purchased a ticket will get a full refund by March 13. Anyone that’s registered for I/O 2020 will be automatically granted the option to purchase an I/O 2021 ticket.

Google I/O 2020’s cancellation comes after Facebook and Adobe canceled their developer events. Mobile World Congress in Barcelona was canceled earlier this month, too. Apple fans have been curious whether WWDC 2020 will suffer the same fate. Apple usually holds its annual developers’ conference at the beginning of June.


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