Google I/O 2020 cancelled due to coronavirus, company may hold online-only event

“Google was expected to introduce Android 11, new-hardware including the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a XL, smart speakers, updates to Assistant, core apps and more at I/O 2020”

Google I/O 2020 was scheduled for May 12th at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View. However, the company has now cancelled its developer event owing to the coronavirus outbreak. This comes after Google scrapped the Cloud Next event in San Fransico for the ‘digital-first’ event. Google’s spokesperson in a statement said, “Due to concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19), and in accordance with health guidance from the CDC, WHO, and other health authorities, we have decided to cancel the physical Google I/O event at Shoreline Amphitheatre.” 

Google was expected to introduce Android 11, new-hardware including the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a XL, smart speakers, updates to Assistant, core apps and more at the I/O 2020. The Mountain View giant said that it is exploring ways to connect and support the global developer community and would share more information soon. Google says that attendees will be refunded in full by March 13 and those purchased tickets will automatically enter drawing for I/O 2021 tickets.

Google isn’t the first to scrap its event, GSMA called off the Mobile World Congress in February, followed by Facebook’s F8 developer’s conference, Game Developer conference and more. There’s a possibility Google might hold an online event to make the announcements it had planned. Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai also announced that starting this week, the company will begin rolling out free access to Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities through July 1, 2020, to all G Suite customers globally