Google along with many other tech companies canceled events after events in the last month due to the outbreak of coronavirus but we had thought the Google I/O will go on online and would be streamed around the world but Google has canceled the event altogether.
We now understand that even the online event we thought to expect would not hold and that effectively put the I/O to bed this year.
In a statement posted to its I/O hub, the company now says:
Out of concern for the health and safety of our developers, employees, and local communities — and in line with recent “shelter in place” orders by the local Bay Area counties — we sadly will not be holding I/O in any capacity this year.
Right now, the most important thing all of us can do is focus our attention on helping people with the new challenges we all face. Please know that we remain committed to finding other ways to share platform updates with you through our developer blogs and community forums.
Take care of yourselves. We’ll continue to do everything we can to help our communities stay safe, informed, and connected.
The Bay Area (United States) has ordered citizens to stay away from work for risk of being infected by the coronavirus if their businesses do not provide essential services such as pharmacy and grocery stores and businesses not matching such descriptions were ordered to send their staffs home.
Although the event was not to hold until Monday but even if Google were to change their decision, Monday would no longer be a feasible date.
Effects of canceling the I/O
As Google normally would announce new products and features updates for products, all the important work, the year’s roadmap etc., we would miss out on the announcement of Pixel 4a which we had expected would be announced at the online I/O event following the cancelation of the brick-and-mortal event.
We would miss news on the Android 11, New feature updates for the Google Assitant, and the roadmap. Google like most other companies will eventually come up with a creative way of navigating dark these times and recover from the fall out of the coronavirus