In our last episode of “Everything is canceled,” we let you know that Google announced it would cancel the in-person event for it’s I/O developer conference. The plan had been to move the conference to an online format. But now, the company says that won’t happen either.
Google explained the situation in a statement on its I/O website, saying:
Out of concern for the health and safety of our developers, employees, and local communities — and in line with recent “shelter in place” orders by the local Bay Area counties — we sadly will not be holding I/O in any capacity this year.
Right now, the most important thing all of us can do is focus our attention on helping people with the new challenges 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.
In the past few months, we’ve seen several large conferences canceled, including Mobile World Congress and E3. While Google had hoped to create a virtual conference, even that came with risk as you’d need speakers, camera crew, and so on.
Usually, I/O brings us news of upcoming Android features, among other Google services. The company didn’t say how it would communicate those updates in the future, but when Google does provide more information, we’ll be ready to cover it.