Google personally removes its CES 2022 presence amid the Omicron threat
Google has teamed up with a growing list of tech companies that have dropped out of CES 2022 on health concerns that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 reveals, instead opting for a position meaningful for the event.
In a statement to Android Central, Google confirmed that it will no longer be physically present at the annual trade show, which is set to take place in Las Vegas from January 5 to 8, next year. Google said:
After careful consideration we have decided to refrain from being present on the CES 2022 demonstration floor. We have been closely monitoring the development of the Omicron version, and have decided that this is the case. the best choice for the health and safety of our teams. . We will continue to work closely with both CTAs and our partners to identify and support meaningful opportunities, and we look forward to sharing the latest Google innovations with you. all.
Google is the latest tech giant to take off its CES 2022 presence. Lenovo and Waymo recently announced their withdrawal from the event due to issues arising from the Omicron variant.
These shows follow a similar trend of Amazon, T-Mobile, Meta, Twitter, and a few other tech companies. So Google's withdrawal is not surprising or unique.
That said, the event organizer, CTA, does not plan to cancel the trade show next month. The group assures attendees and exhibitors that CES 2022 will be a safe event with its comprehensive health measures, including “vaccine requirement, insult, and access to COVID-19 tests. "
However, with Google pulled out of the event, next year's CES will miss a key indicator. More importantly, the recently canceled shows may have lowered expectations that one of the world 's biggest tech shows will return to human presence in 2022, after this year's CES this allows only meaningful presentations.