Earlier this month, Google announced the cancellation of the face-to-face aspect of the I / O 2020 conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A date ago, it was mentioned that ways of circumventing this cancellation would be studied, which would open the door to an online event.
Now, the search giant has announced on the official Google I / O website that this year’s event is definitely off. In the statement, it is stressed that this event for programmers will not happen this year, in any format.
Here’s the announcement from Google
Concerned about the health and safety of our programmers, employees and local communities – and in line with the recent requests for “shelter” from the local Bay Area states – unfortunately, we will not be doing I / O in any format this year.
Right now, the most important thing we can all do is to focus our attention on helping people with the new challenges that 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.
The hopes that Google could hold its annual conference at an online event thus fall to the ground. The pomp and circumstance we are used to seeing the new Android and other products being revealed will not happen in 2020.
How will Android 11 and the new Pixel 4a be revealed?
This is the question that remains after the announcement of the definitive cancellation of Google I / O this year. The new version of Android and the new mid-range Pixel would be the main stars of this event.
Google will not delay the launch of these products for one year. Therefore, it is likely that your ads will happen through announcements in official sources to the Google press.
COVID-19 continues to make countless victims around the world and even the big tech companies are not escaping this scourge. Google is just one of the ones that was forced to cancel its big events with the community.
Companies like Apple, Microsoft or Facebook have also canceled their annual conferences. In the case of Apple and Microsoft, ways are being studied to make their presentations at online events. This is a very plausible solution, but one that Google was not willing to do.