SAN FRANCISCO: In a recent announcement made by the American multinational technology company, Google the 'I/O 2020' conference has been cancelled. It also mentioned that the digital-only event within the conference has also been dropped.
On the website created for the event, Google said, "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."
It also said, "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."
The cancellation of one of the biggest events by Google occurred as the rapidly spreading coronavirus pandemic has reached the United States of America. It was to take place in May 2020.
The company also addressed that individuals who had purchased the ticket beforehand will get a refund. Either that or the attendees will also have an option of purchasing the ticket of the Google I/O 2021 event.
The purpose of the input/output (I/O) has been to reveal to the world all the new changes the upcoming Andiod updates will have and also other Google-based services like 'Maps'.
Apart from Google, other globally recognised tech companies like Apple, Facebook, Oracle, Microsoft, Cisco and Salesforce have also either cancelled or postponed their major events.
As per 'PredictHQ', the data intelligence company, the economic loss faced by all the tech giants has crossed over $1.1 billion!