The Google I/O 2020 developer conference which was scheduled to take place in Mountain View California May 12-14 has officially been canceled! Google made the announcement this afternoon, citing the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak as the cause.
“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.”
While Google fans and Android enthusiasts look forward to Google I/O each year to get a look at what Google has coming down the pipeline, the conference is mainly intended for developers who build millions of apps and websites that integrate into Google’s services. The physical Google I/O event may no longer be happening, but Google will most likely proceed with a virtual event. The Google I/O keynote and breakout sessions have been streamed live on YouTube for years now, allowing developers from across the globe to participate in the event for free from the comfort of their homes or meetup events hosted in dozens of countries.
Last year, the launch of the mid-range Pixel 3a also took place during Google I/O.
Google’s decision to cancel the event is the right move as the spread of the coronavirus appears to be picking up speed. While there are only 100 cases reported in the United States, most of those are new cases that have been detected within the past seven days. The spread of the virus is expected to increase significantly over the coming weeks.