Google’s I/O developer fair is not going ahead in any form. In early March, the company canceled the physical conference, but then said it was looking at other ways to engage with devs. In the end nothing came of it.
I/O was supposed to take place May 12-14 in San Francisco, but on the I/O page, Google states that due to health considerations for developers, employees, local communities and following the advice of authorities, the event is “in no shape’ will go ahead this year. A shelter-in-place order has been in effect in the state of California since Thursday evening. Google emphasizes that it will use other ways to share updates with developers, such as blogs and forum posts.
I/O is Google’s annual event where the company focuses on developers, but there is also a keynote every year, where Google shows off new hardware, software and services. For example, the Pixel 3a and 3a XL were announced at I/O last year.
Developers and other attendees who bought tickets for I/O 2020 have been refunded before March 13, Google said. Visitors who registered for this year’s edition will be invited to next year’s edition. They don’t have to re-enter a draw to get a ticket.