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Five new third-party applications added to G Suite pre-integrated SAML apps catalog

What’s changing 

We’re adding SAML integration for five additional applications:
  • Firstbird
  • Foodee
  • Hive
  • LaunchDarkly
  • RECOG
Use our Help Center to see the full list of SAML apps and find out how to configure SAML applications.

Who’s impacted 

Admins only

Why you’d use it 

With Single-Sign-On (SSO), users can access all of their enterprise cloud applications—including the Admin console for admins—after signing in just one time. Google supports the two most popular enterprise SSO standards, OpenID Connect and SAML, and there are already many applications with pre-integrated SSO support in our third-party apps catalog.

How to get started 

  • Admins: You can find our full list of pre-integrated applications, as well as instructions for installing them, in the Help Center.
  • End users: No action needed.

Additional details 

Note that apart from the pre-integrated SAML applications, G Suite also supports installing “Custom SAML Applications,” which means that admins can install any third-party application that supports SAML. The advantage of a pre-integrated app is that the installation is much easier. Use out Help Center to learn more about installing Custom SAML Applications.

Helpful links 

Help Center: Using SAML to set up federated SSO 
Help Center: Set up your own custom SAML applicationAvailability 

Rollout details 

G Suite editions 
Available to all G Suite editions.

On/off by default? 
This feature will be OFF by default and can be enabled at the OU level.

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Create rubrics in Classroom with a new beta

What’s changing 

You can now create rubrics in Classroom as part of a new beta. Classroom instructors and admins can request to be whitelisted for this beta by filling out this form.

Who’s impacted 

Admins and end users

Why you’d use it 

Rubrics are commonly used with complex assignments that require multiple steps and criteria. Now, educators can create and attach a rubric to an assignment as a guideline for students and to refer back to when understanding their grades.

For business users, rubrics can be used to assess strategies in marketing plans or to evaluate performance in key areas of the business.

With this beta, users can create rubrics that meet their specific needs, making it faster and easier to deliver rich feedback to key stakeholders.

How to get started 

  • Admins and Classroom instructors: Apply for the beta here

Additional details 

This beta is covered by Classroom’s terms of service and privacy policy. This means teachers and instructors can request to be individually whitelisted for this beta. Admins can request access for their domain or a specific group of users.

Helpful links 

Availability 

G Suite editions 
  • Available to all G Suite editions

On/off by default? 

  • This feature will be OFF by default. Once accepted into the beta, it can be enabled at the domain and group level.

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Gradebook in Classroom now generally available

What’s changing 

Last year, we announced a beta for Gradebook in Classroom. Gradebook makes grading easier, allowing teachers to keep their assignments and grades in a single place in Classroom. This feature is now generally available.

Gradebook for Google Classroom

Who’s impacted 

End users

Why you’d use it 

Better grading in Classroom 
One of the top requests from educators is an improved grading workflow. Gradebook allows teachers to easily input and view grades across their classes and students. With the ability to view all assignments and grades in one place, teachers can stay organized and holistically follow the performance of an entire class over time. To learn more about our grading improvements for Classroom, see our post on the Keyword.

How to get started 

  • Admins: No action required. 
  • End users: To get started with Gradebook, log in to Classroom and click on the Grades tab at the top of the page. 

Helpful links 

Availability 

Rollout details 
G Suite editions 
  • Available to all G Suite editions 
On/off by default? 
  • This feature will be ON by default.

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New features for Slides Present mode

What’s changing 

We’re adding new features in Slides Present mode to make navigating a presentation easier while you’re presenting. With these new features, you’ll be able to:

  • Resize speaker notes and slide thumbnails in the presenter view 
  • Navigate to any specific slide with a keyboard shortcut 
  • Control video playback with keyboard shortcuts 
  • View all available Present mode keyboard shortcuts by clicking the new “tips” button in the presentation control bar. 

Who’s impacted 

End users

Why you’d use it 

On a small screen, it's sometimes tough to see your upcoming slides and read your speaker notes. Now, you can easily resize these components and confidently present, regardless of the device you’re using.

Additionally, our new keyboard shortcuts make moving through slides while presenting easy. Whether you need to quickly pause a video to answer a question, or jump to a specific slide to revisit a talking point, you can now quickly navigate and control the presentation with your keyboard.

How to get started 


  • Admins: No action required. 
  • End users: 
  • To resize speaker notes, in the toolbar select Present > Presenter View and drag the separator line between the slide preview and speaker notes accordingly. 



  • To view a list of new keyboard shortcuts press Present > Tips: 



Helpful links 



Availability 

Rollout details 



G Suite editions 
Available to all G Suite editions

On/off by default? 
This feature will be ON by default.


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Use an Android phone for 2-step verification on iOS devices

Quick launch summary 

Earlier this year we announced the ability to use your Android phone’s built-in security key for two-factor authentication in G Suite.

Now, you can use devices with Android 7.0+ (Nougat) to verify your sign-in to Google and Google Cloud services on Apple iPads and iPhones.
To learn more about using your Android phone’s built-in security key to verify sign-in on iOS devices, see our Security Blog


Availability 

Rollout details 
G Suite editions 
  • Available to all G Suite editions 
On/off by default? 
  • If 2-Step Verification or Security Key Enforcement is turned on for an organization, Android phone will be available as an option for security keys by default. 

Use an Android phone for 2-step verification on iOS devices

Quick launch summary 

Earlier this year we announced the ability to use your Android phone’s built-in security key for two-factor authentication in G Suite.

Now, you can use devices with Android 7.0+ (Nougat) to verify your sign-in to Google and Google Cloud services on Apple iPads and iPhones.
To learn more about using your Android phone’s built-in security key to verify sign-in on iOS devices, see our Security Blog


Availability 

Rollout details 
G Suite editions 
  • Available to all G Suite editions 
On/off by default? 
  • If 2-Step Verification or Security Key Enforcement is turned on for an organization, Android phone will be available as an option for security keys by default. 

Google Photos will stop syncing to Drive on July 10, 2019

What’s changing

Starting on July 10, 2019, Google Photos will no longer sync to Google Drive. From that date forward, if you add or delete files in Photos, they won’t be automatically added or deleted in Drive.

Who’s impacted

End users

Why it matters

We heard feedback that users were confused by the connection between Photos and Drive. We’re hoping this simplified experience is easier for users to understand and navigate.

How to get started


  • End users: Starting July 10, G Suite users will need to manually download items from Photos and upload them to Drive. If they delete files in Photos, they’ll need to manually delete them in Drive as well.


Additional details

Currently, G Suite users can choose to sync Photos to Drive. This means that when they upload a file to Photos, it’s automatically uploaded to the Google Photos folder in Drive. Once these changes go into effect, this folder will stop receiving updates. It won’t go away; it will just stop syncing with Photos.

Unlike consumers, G Suite users do not have the option to show photos from My Drive in Google Photos. If Google Photos is disabled in your organization, your users will not be impacted.

See our post on the Keyword for more details.

Helpful links

Help Center: Upcoming changes to Google Photos & Google Drive
Keyword: Changing how Google Drive and Google Photos work together

Availability

Rollout details



G Suite editions

  • Impacts all editions


On/off by default?

  • This change will take place for all organizations by default.



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Google Photos will stop syncing to Drive on July 10, 2019

What’s changing

Starting on July 10, 2019, Google Photos will no longer sync to Google Drive. From that date forward, if you add or delete files in Photos, they won’t be automatically added or deleted in Drive.

Who’s impacted

End users

Why it matters

We heard feedback that users were confused by the connection between Photos and Drive. We’re hoping this simplified experience is easier for users to understand and navigate.

How to get started


  • End users: Starting July 10, G Suite users will need to manually download items from Photos and upload them to Drive. If they delete files in Photos, they’ll need to manually delete them in Drive as well.


Additional details

Currently, G Suite users can choose to sync Photos to Drive. This means that when they upload a file to Photos, it’s automatically uploaded to the Google Photos folder in Drive. Once these changes go into effect, this folder will stop receiving updates. It won’t go away; it will just stop syncing with Photos.

Unlike consumers, G Suite users do not have the option to show photos from My Drive in Google Photos. If Google Photos is disabled in your organization, your users will not be impacted.

See our post on the Keyword for more details.

Helpful links

Help Center: Upcoming changes to Google Photos & Google Drive
Keyword: Changing how Google Drive and Google Photos work together

Availability

Rollout details



G Suite editions

  • Impacts all editions


On/off by default?

  • This change will take place for all organizations by default.



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Take action by July 8, 2019, to ensure your users can continue to use third-party apps accessing Gmail data

What’s changing

Security and privacy are extremely important to Google. To better protect your data, we’ve made an important update to our policies governing third-party apps (web, Android, iOS, Chrome, and other apps) accessing Gmail data using G Suite APIs and OAuth2.

We previously announced that apps accessing user data for non-enterprise accounts using certain Gmail APIs had to be verified to ensure compliance with new privacy and security requirements using our OAuth API Application Verification. Starting on July 8, 2019, we’ll apply similar requirements for apps you may use within your domain.

Who’s impacted

Admins and end users

Why it matters

While existing unverified apps will continue to work for users who installed them before July 8, after this date we’ll block new installs for unverified third-party apps that access Gmail data and that you don’t explicitly trust (whitelist) in the G Suite Admin console.

How to get started


  • Admins:
    • Review unverified apps in your environment: Please review the unverified apps currently in use in your organization’s G Suite environment and decide which apps you want to trust and allow users to continue to install. The primary admin contact at your organization will receive an email by June 21, 2019, with a list of those unverified apps, including the number of users and whether or not you have trusted them in API Permissions.
    • Trust apps that you want to allow users to continue to install: To trust an app, use our API Permissions (OAuth apps whitelisting) feature in the Security section of the Admin console. Trusting an app also means that, if users consent, the app will have access to some G Suite user data (OAuth2 scopes) that you’ve otherwise restricted using this same tool. For example, if you’ve generally blocked access to Gmail OAuth2 scopes, trusted apps will have access for accounts where users consent.