After Facebook canceled its F8 developer conference, it was not surprising that Google canceled its developer conference, which was slated for May 12-14, due to concerns about the Coronavirus.
The company sent an email to guests informing them of the cancellation and said in a statement that “due to concerns about the Coronavirus and in accordance with health guidelines issued by the CDC, WHO and other authorities We decided to cancel the I/O event in the Shoreline Amount of Mount View, Los Angeles. ”
“Over the next few weeks, we will explore other ways to develop an I/O event to communicate with and continue to create our developer community. We will continue to update the I/O website”, added.
And Google has yet to announce plans to convert major I/O conference sessions to remote conversations, as happened at the Cloud Next conference.
Google’s statement left this option open, and all participants who bought the tickets will receive their money, and they won’t have to enter the draw to get a ticket for the event next year.
To offset the economic impact of canceling the event, Google has pledged $ 1 million to local Mountain View institutions to support small businesses and increase science, technology and computing opportunities in Mountain View schools.
It is the first time that Google has canceled its pioneering developer conference, which hosted it for the first time in 2008 at the Muscone Center in San Francisco, and after a few years moved outdoors to the Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheater in the backyard of the company.
Usually, around 5,000 people attend this event, and Google tends to announce its latest developer tools, as well as a number of new features that are of interest to consumers.
Last year, it also launched – for the first time – a new phone at the event, the Pixel 3a. It is expected that Google will launch new high-end phones this year may be Pixel 4a, as well as other devices of the new technologies.