After Facebook canceled its F8 developer conference and Google itself moved its Cloud Next event in April to a digital-only conference, it doesn’t come as a huge surprise that Google is canceling its I/O developer conference in Mountain View for 2020 as well. The company has sent an email to attendees informing them of the cancellation. The event was originally scheduled to run from May 12 to 14 but because of concerns around the coronavirus, it is now canceling the show.
This marks the first time Google has canceled I/O, its flagship developer conference, which it first hosted in 2008. After a few years in San Francisco’s Moscone Center, the event moved outdoors to Mountain View’s Shoreline Amphitheatre in the company’s backyard. Typically, about 5,000 people attend the event, where Google tends to announce both its latest tools for developers, as well as a good number of new consumer-facing features as well. Last year, for the first time, it also launched a new phone at the event, the Pixel 3a.
Unlike with its Cloud Next conference, Google didn’t announce any plans (yet) to still go ahead with its keynotes and sessions in the form of a remote conference. That may still happen, of course.
Published at Tue, 03 Mar 2020 20:45:46 +0000