The software tech giant Google has cancelled its biggest event of the year Google I/O 2020 over Coronavirus fears. The company has finally called off its Google’s developer’s event which was to be held between May 12th to 14th this year. The company also recently cancelled its Cloud Next event which was to be hosted in San Francisco. Many tech companies such as Microsoft, Facebook and now Google have cancelled their annual conferences. The outbreak has already claimed over 3000 lives across the globe and over 89,000 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19. While all the biggest tech events which have been cancelled as they were taking place in the US and Europe amid these concerns many events in India have also started getting cancelled.
“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 Google I/O event at Shoreline Amphitheatre.” the company announced on its website.
The company usually introduces its upcoming projects and new changes to its Android, Apps and hardware. The company scrapped its developer’s event amid Coronavirus concerns. Last month another trade show Mobile World Congress, Facebook’s F8 developer conference, Game developers conference, Microsoft MVP Global Summit also got cancelled due to the rising cases and the list is growing.
The spread of Coronavirus has impacted a lot to the tech industry. Google also promised to give a full refund to those who have already purchased the tickets to the event.
“All guests who have purchased tickets to I/O 2020 will receive a full refund by March 13, 2020. If you don’t see the credit on your statement by then, please reach out to [email protected] Guests who have registered for I/O 2020 will not need to enter next year’s drawing and will be automatically granted the option of purchasing an I/O 2021 ticket.”
In a recent tweet made by Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai to announce that they are releasing free access to their advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers globally starting this week. This will include larger meetings, for up to 250 participants per call, live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers within a domain and the ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive.
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