Google I/O is one of the high points of any Android fan's tech calendar. Last year the developer conference was scrubbed out of said schedule because of the COVID-19 pandemic, with too little warning to even organize an online replacement. This year it still isn't safe enough for an in-person conference, but Google is prepared enough for a virtual event.
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We're now just a couple of hours away from Samsung's Note20 Unpacked livestream. It'll likely bring us many mentions of the word "innovation," a tour of the company's electronics headquarters, a bunch of celebrity cameos, and, oh yes, new smartphones, a new tablet, and a new smartwatch. You can watch the event as it happens right here, starting at 7 a.m. PDT (10 a.m. EDT).
The organizers of CES, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), had been pushing hard to keep next year's event in Las Vegas, but they've finally thrown in the towel. The CTA has just announced that CES 2021 will be an all-digital event, saying that it will offer "a unique experience for the tech industry" and "a highly personalized experience."
The world continues to tread lightly as the coronavirus pandemic continues to pose an active public health threat and a vaccine has yet to be developed, forget widely injected. With business not expected to return to usual anytime soon, it shouldn't be surprising to learn that Samsung plans on eschewing the traditional press conference and will run an online event to debut the Galaxy Note20 series.
Critics panned Motorola's flagship smartphone for last year as being an unremarkable iteration on a series that relied on a proprietary accessory system that had grown long in the tooth. It was, therefore, somewhat of a relief when intelligence suggested that the company would go in a different direction this year. Now, we're only days away from hearing everything about the Moto Edge+.
Google I/O 2020 has been fully canceled, with even the online event no longer taking place, according to a statement tweeted out by the company just earlier today. Following the shelter-in-place requirements imposed in California, Google has ultimately decided "to not to move forward with I/O in any capacity this year in order to prioritize the health of everybody who is a part of our community."
Google has just announced that its upcoming Cloud Next conference, previously set to be online-only from April 6-8th, will be postponed. A specific date has not been set for the delay, but the company was explicit that the decision to cancel the event came down to coronavirus concerns. With even online events now being canceled, is I/O 2020 next?
For some of us, task and calendar management is a chore on its own, and the faster we can do it the better. Assistant helps a bit, but now there's a quicker way to add an event from your browser, while sitting at your desk, thanks to Google's .new top level domain.
Google has formally revealed the previously rumored October 15h date for its Made by Google event, at which we expect the Pixel 4 to be launched. There's still plenty of time left for more leaks with just under a month left until the event, though Google might not have much left to show us when it comes to the new phone's unveiling.