Google has cancelled its big Android event, previously scheduled for Monday in New York City, due to the impending Hurricane Sandy.
The storm has already killed dozens in the Caribbean, and meterologists fear that three separate weather patterns over the Atlantic coast could converge into a so-called "Frankenstorm," which could hit the shores of New York on Sunday night or Monday morning. The State of New York, in addition to several other coastal states, has declared a state of emergency, Reuters reported on Friday night.
Search Engine Land's Danny Sullivan on Saturday asked a Google rep if the event was still on for Monday. He got the following reply:
"We are canceling our Monday morning event in New York due to Hurricane Sandy. We will let you know our plans as soon as we know more."
So there you have it. No big Google unveiling. Everyone hoping that the company would trot out new smartphone or tablet devices (read here for our rumor roundup of what Google might be planning) will have to wait until Google reschedules.
This is good news for Microsoft, which had a Windows 8 smartphone unveiling scheduled for Monday in San Francisco. Now there are no Google surprises to steal Microsoft's thunder.
We'll update as soon as we hear back on when Google has rescheduled its presser.
In the meantime, find out how to track Hurricane Sandy online (here) with our handy Twitter and Facebook page rundowns. You should also check out HuffPost Green's exhaustive coverage of Hurricane Sandy for all the latest updates as the storm develops.