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Samsung Cancels Developer Conference Due to Ongoing Pandemic

COVID-19 has apparently forced another tech event to be canceled. Samsung announced today it has canceled its annual developer conference citing the need to prioritize the safety of its employees, developer community, and other attendees. While no set date had been announced, the event had traditionally taken place in October or November.

There had been speculation (via SamMobile) that the South Korean tech giant would axe the show, not just due to the ongoing pandemic but because there isn’t much to announce. In previous years, Samsung had used the event to announce updates to its software services like its digital assistant Bixby, but these software additions have never caught on with consumers. There have also been rumblings that Google and Samsung are negotiating a deal to replace many of Samsung’s native software apps—think the Galaxy App store or “Samsung Daily” news feed—with Google ones.

The Samsung Developer Conference has brought some memorable moments, though. It was at this stage where Samsung gave the world the first glimpse of its Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Z Flip. The company also used SDC to detail its Android-based software called One UI, with versions 1.0 and 2.0 of the software making their debuts at the 2018 and 2019 events, respectively. Thus, it’s not a stretch to assume that Samsung may have chosen SDC 20 to unveil One UI 3.0, but COVID-19 has changed the game this year. Instead, we’ll likely see the next version of One UI unveiled at its own digital event later this year.

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