Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading rapidly around the world, significant events such as the MWC 2020 and GDW 2020 were canceled. We now have to add the Google I/O 2020 event on the list of canceled conferences this year. The event was planned for May 2020. However, Google decided not to take risks.
Google I/O 2020 was canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak
The virus is a worldwide threat that should not be taken lightly. The company was reported to announce its cancelation event on Android Authority, a news blog. The concern regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus is real, and we can see how much it affects everything besides the people’s health.
Google made this decision based on the with health guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), and we can totally understand. I know most of the developers were waiting for this event; however, do not fret as Google will “explore other ways to evolve Google I/O to best connect with our developer community.” Their message is kind, and we appreciate Google for that.
Having a backup up plan is a great move, and since almost all of the I/O events are live-streamed, this could be exactly what Google has in mind for “exploring other ways.”
Google I/O 2020 event rumors
The event was rumored to release the Google Pixel 4a and the Pixel 4a XL, although the company usually launches its hardware in the second event of the year, which is in the Fall. If this is their plan, then they will probably hold a closed-door live stream for the upcoming devices.
Google I/O tickets issue
If you already bought a ticket for this event, don’t worry as you have more options to choose from. Google will hold a lottery event based on these tickets, so you could be the lucky one to win something ‘googlely.’
Another option is that you can automatically get the ticket for next year’s event, the Google I/O 2021. The last option available would be a full refund if you bought a ticket that costs more than $1,000. You should receive all your money back by March 13, 2020. In case you don’t, contact Google for more information.