Google officially canceled its annual Google I/O developer conference.
Originally, the company canceled its “physical” event due to the growing outbreak of the coronavirus. Instead, Google planned to Livestream the event.
But that’s not happening anymore, either.
First spotted by 9to5Google, the tech giant took to Twitter to announce the news, explaining the decision was “out of concern for the health and safety of our developers, employees, and local communities—and in line with ‘shelter in place’ requirements by the local Bay Area government.”
A #GoogleIO update: Out of concern for the health and safety of our developers, employees, and local communities — and in line with “shelter in place” requirements by the local Bay Area government — we sadly will not be holding an I/O event in any capacity this year. (1/3)
Sure, broadcasting the conference remotely keeps thousands of people from physically gathering in one place. But a Livestream would still require some Google employees to go into work.
Google kept it vague in terms of how it plans to unveil the updates that were set to be announced at I/O.
According to the Google Developers Twitter account, the company will be sharing ongoing Android updates through developer blogs and community forums.
We’ve reached out to Google for comment and will update this story if we receive a response.