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Google IO completely cancelled due to Covid-19, no virtual event says company

A few weeks ago Google had turned the IO event online-only. But now with Covid-19 cases rising fast even that has been cancelled.

twitter-logoAnushka Jain | March 21, 2020 | Updated 15:46 IST


  • Google says that it will not hold the IO event this year.
  • The Google IO, an event primarily for developers, was supposed to take place in May this year.
  • The event usually sees attendance of around 7000 developers and Google announces new products in its keynote.

Google IO has been completely cancelled. The event, planned for May and sought to convert to an online-only event, has been now cancelled in its entirety. The Google IO is an annual event, primarily for developers and it takes place near Google's main office in Mountain View, US.
Stating concerns for the novel coronavirus as well as local, California state measures put in place, the statement on the official Google IO website reads: 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 IO in any capacity this year.
It isn't clear right now as to when the developments on new Google products and services usually announced at the I/O will be shared with developers and media. The only clarity on this Google gave through its statement that noted the company remained committed to finding other ways to share platform updates with you through our developer blogs and community forums.
Usually attended by roughly 7,000 or more attendees, the Google IO conference is by and large the most important event of the year from Google. Previously, it has included a keynote address from CEO Sundar Pichai along with announcements such as those of the Google Glasses, Assistant or the Home smart speaker.
With the in-person event being cancelled, the company has assured that it would issue refunds or redirect to bookings for IO 2021 to those who had already purchased tickets. To be held at the Shoreline Amphitheatre near its Mountain View, California headquarters, the event was scheduled to take place between the 12th and 14th of May.
This cancellations is also not a surprise. Many trade events, including tech events, have been cancelled in the last two months. So far we have seen the cancellation of Mobile World Congress, Facebook F8 and Google News Initiative getting scrapped. Google's upcoming Cloud Next 2020: Digital Connect event, that's targeted towards entrepreneurs working online, has also been postponed. Apple World Wide Developer Conference, that takes place annually in June in the US, too has been changed. Apple has announced that instead of on-ground event, it will take place online.

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