The coronavirus has claimed another tech victim, cancelling Google I/O 2020.
After forcing the cancelation of the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show held in Barcelona COVID-19 disease has forced the cancellation of Google I/O 2020.
The developer conference scheduled to take place May 12-14 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California.
According to the company, “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 I/O event at Shoreline Amphitheatre.”
The company says that over the next few weeks it will look at various alternatives to the physical event so that it can stay in touch with its developer community.
One possibility would be for Google to livestream a keynote via the Google I/O app.
Those who purchased tickets to Google I/O 2020 will receive a full refund by March 13th.
If your refund does not arrive before that date, Google suggests that you send an email explaining the situation to email@example.com.
And if you have already registered for tech giant I/O 2020, you will not have to enter next year’s drawing for I/O 2021 tickets.
Instead, you will automatically given the option of purchasing tickets for next year’s event.
Traditionally, Google has introduced new features of the next Android build during the developer conference.
And Google employees also hold talks with developers discussing different topics.
Some of these sessions could also be livestreamed to developers.
Facebook has already canceled its F8 developer conference scheduled for May.
Whereas, Microsoft has done the same for its 2020 Game Developers Conference which supposed to take place this month.
Apple’s WWDC 2020 developer conference, typically held in June, could also be at risk.