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Create and edit objects in jams on your mobile phone

Building off of the recent improvements to the Jamboard app for your mobile phone, the latest Jamboard release allows you to do even more on the go with your phone. We’re also making it easier to move content between frames on your Jamboard device.

Create and edit objects in jams on your mobile phone
Creating and collaborating on jams just got even easier. You can now use the Jamboard app on your Android and iOS phones to:
  • Create jams
  • Move/scale/rotate objects
  • Move objects to adjacent frames
  • Delete and duplicate objects
  • Undo/redo changes
  • Edit sticky notes
  • Zoom in and out, and pan
  • And more...
Move objects to other frames via the frame bar on your Jamboard device
In addition, for quicker editing within jams, you can now move objects to other frames easily via the frame bar at the top of your Jamboard device screen.


For a full list of new features and improvements from this month’s release, check out the What’s New in Jamboard page in the Help Center.

Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release

Editions:
Available to all G Suite Basic, Business, Enterprise, and Education* customers

*G Suite for Education customers will need to satisfy certain requirements in order to purchase Jamboard devices. See the Help Center FAQ for more information.

Rollout pace:
Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility)

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

More Information
Help Center


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Create and edit objects in jams on your mobile phone

Building off of the recent improvements to the Jamboard app for your mobile phone, the latest Jamboard release allows you to do even more on the go with your phone. We’re also making it easier to move content between frames on your Jamboard device.

Create and edit objects in jams on your mobile phone
Creating and collaborating on jams just got even easier. You can now use the Jamboard app on your Android and iOS phones to:
  • Create jams
  • Move/scale/rotate objects
  • Move objects to adjacent frames
  • Delete and duplicate objects
  • Undo/redo changes
  • Edit sticky notes
  • Zoom in and out, and pan
  • And more...
Move objects to other frames via the frame bar on your Jamboard device
In addition, for quicker editing within jams, you can now move objects to other frames easily via the frame bar at the top of your Jamboard device screen.


For a full list of new features and improvements from this month’s release, check out the What’s New in Jamboard page in the Help Center.

Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release

Editions:
Available to all G Suite Basic, Business, Enterprise, and Education* customers

*G Suite for Education customers will need to satisfy certain requirements in order to purchase Jamboard devices. See the Help Center FAQ for more information.

Rollout pace:
Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility)

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

More Information
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New languages now supported in Google Docs and Slides files, as well as Docs editors templates

No matter where you or your customers or colleagues are located, we want to make sure Google Docs and Slides work for you at work. That’s why we’re expanding the font catalogue in Docs and Slides to support 62 languages, including non-Latin scripts like Cyrillic and Devanagari (with more coming soon!).

To find these new fonts and others, simply click More fonts at the bottom of the Fonts menu. There you’ll also find suggested fonts, based on your document’s language.


In addition, we’re making Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms templates available in four new languages: European Spanish, Latin American Spanish, French, and Brazilian Portuguese. Stay tuned for additional languages, including Hindi, coming soon.

Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release

Editions:
Available to all G Suite editions

Rollout pace:
Full rollout (1–3 days for feature visibility)

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

More Information
Help Center: Change how paragraphs & fonts look


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Copy comments and suggestions in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides make it easier than ever to collaborate on great content. Which is why it’s increasingly important not to lose a history of that collaboration when you duplicate a document, spreadsheet, or presentation. With that in mind, we’re making it possible to copy comments and suggestions any time you make a copy of a Docs, Sheets, or Slides file.

To copy your comments and suggestions, simply select “Make a copy” from the File menu and check the box for “Copy comments and suggestions” or “Copy comments.”


These comments and suggestions will then contain a note indicating that they were copied from the original document.


Check it out today, and collaborate—even on copies—with ease.

Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to Rapid Release, with Scheduled Release coming on November 29th, 2017

Editions:
Available to all G Suite editions

Rollout pace:
Full rollout (1–3 days for feature visibility)

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

More Information
Help Center: Create, view, or save a file


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Insert images more easily in Google Docs, Slides, and Drawings

A picture is worth a thousand words... especially when you can add it to your document, presentation, or drawing quickly and easily. That’s why we’re making some improvements to the image insertion process in Google Docs, Slides, and Drawings.

Going forward, when you select Insert > Image or click the Image button in Docs, Slides, or Drawings on the web, you’ll see the following options:

  • Upload from computer
  • Search the web
  • Drive
  • Photos
  • By URL



If you select “Upload from computer,” you’ll be taken to your computer’s file manager, which many users are familiar with. If you select “Search the web,” “Drive,” or “Photos,” you’ll be taken to a menu on the righthand side of your screen that is easier to navigate and more intuitive to use. You can also drag and drop images directly from this menu into your document. If you select “By URL,” you’ll be given the option to input the specific URL for an image.

These options should make it easier to enhance your documents, presentations, and drawings with images.

Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release

Editions:
Available to all G Suite editions

Rollout pace:
Extended rollout (potentially longer than 15 days for feature visibility)

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

More Information
Help Center: Insert or delete images or videos


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View and modify all of your Team Drives using the Google Drive API

You’ve told us that you want more tools to see and manage all of the Team Drives in your domain in one location. Today, we’re making that easier by providing new methods in the Google Drive API that enable developers to build tools for Team Drive membership management, cybersecurity solutions, and more.

More information about the new methods in the API can be found here.

Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release

Editions:
Available to all G Suite editions

Rollout pace:
Full rollout (1–3 days for feature visibility)

Impact:
Admins only

Action:
Admin action suggested/FYI

More Information
Help Center: G Suite APIs Support

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Shutdown of GData Admin Settings API now planned for October 31st, 2018

In August 2016, we announced the deprecation and future shutdown of the GData Admin Settings API. Based on customer feedback, we’ve decided to delay that shutdown until October 31st, 2018

Some GData Admin Settings API functionality will be replaced with an Admin SDK counterpart, while other features will be discontinued. The following table summarizes which features will be retained (and where to access replacement functionality), and which won’t:


Admin Settings API
Endpoint
Post-deprecation replacement (if any)
no replacement / discontinued
no replacement / discontinued
no replacement / discontinued
no replacement / discontinued
no replacement / discontinued
All endpoints
no replacement / discontinued
All endpoints
no replacement from Google / any publicly available domain verification APIs can be used
All endpoints
replacement API coming by October 31st, 2018
All endpoints
no replacement / discontinued


To summarize, the GData Admin Settings API has been deprecated but will remain operational until October 31st, 2018, to give developers time to migrate. On October 31st, 2018, this deprecated API will be shut down. At that time, all calls to the API and any features in your applications that depend on it will no longer work. Please migrate as soon as possible.

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Manage system apps on company-owned Android devices

System apps are those apps that come preinstalled on Android devices, like Clock and Calculator. Many of these apps can’t be uninstalled and aren’t available in the Play Store for management. We want to give G Suite admins greater control over these system apps, so we’re introducing settings in the Admin console to:
  • enable all system apps,
  • disable all system apps,
  • enable select system apps, or
  • disable select system apps.

These settings will only apply to system apps on company-owned Android devices (i.e. Android devices in Device Owner mode). At launch, by default, all system apps will be enabled.


For more details on how to use these features, check out the Help Center.

IMPORTANT: These settings launched in the Admin console on October 31st, but they will not take effect for end users and devices until November 14th. If you’d prefer to disable some or all system apps, we recommend doing so before the settings take effect.

Launch Details
Release track:
  • Admin console settings launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release on October 31st, 2017
  • End user impact launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled release on November 14, 2017

Editions:
Available to all G Suite editions

Rollout pace:
  • Full rollout (1–3 days for feature visibility) for Admin console settings
  • Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility) for end user impact

Impact:
Admins and end users

Action:
Admin action suggested/FYI

More Information
Help Center: Set up mobile device management
Help Center: Manage apps on mobile devices


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