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USB-C Titan Security Keys now available in the US

Quick launch summary 

We’re expanding the 2-Step Verification (2SV) options available for Google Accounts by offering a new USB-C Titan Security Key in the United States.

Titan Security Keys are phishing-resistant two-factor authentication (2FA) devices that support FIDO standards. FIDO security keys are the strongest form of 2SV available, and using them can significantly reduce the risk of account hijacking. Providing a USB-C option alongside the other available 2SV methods will help make it easier for more users to protect their accounts.

These new Titan Security Keys can also be used in Google’s Advanced Protection Program for enterprise, which is designed to protect users most at risk of targeted attacks. These can include IT administrators, business executives, and employees in security-sensitive industries such as finance and healthcare.

USB-C Titan Security Keys are compatible with Android, Chrome OS, macOS, and Windows devices. For more information, see our post about USB-C Titan Security Keys on the Google Security Blog.


USB-C Titan Security Key is now available 

Availability 

Rollout details 



G Suite editions 
Available to all G Suite and Cloud Identity editions.

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Directly click on chart elements to move and delete them in Google Sheets

What’s changing 

We’re adding new features that give users more options to easily customize their charts in Google Sheets. Now you can click directly on data labels, chart titles or legends and drag to reposition them. Or you can easily delete these elements using the delete or backspace keys.

Deleting chart elements in Google Sheets

Repositioning chart elements in Google Sheets.

Who’s impacted 

End users

Why you’d use it 

These features give you more ways to control the look and feel of your charts. For example, you can now easily reposition data labels that overlap to avoid clutter and ensure that key data points stand out. Or you can reposition the legend inside the chart area in order to maximize chart space.

How to get started 



Additional details 

When clicking on a group of items (like a set of data labels), the entire group will be selected first. If you want to drill down further (for example, to select an individual data label), simply click again on the specific element.

Note that most chart elements can be repositioned and deleted, except those that derive their position from data. So, you can reposition elements like chart titles or legends, but data points will remain fixed.

Also included in this launch is the ability to navigate through chart elements using your keyboard.

  • Tab: move between elements 
  • Enter: select an individual element from a group 
  • Escape: go back from an individual element to a group 
  • Arrow keys: reposition the selected elements 


For those who use a screen reader, chart elements will be verbalized as you navigate through them.

Helpful links 



Availability 

Rollout details


G Suite editions 

  • Available to all G Suite editions 

On/off by default? 

  • These features will be available by default. 


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Customize text size and position for captions in Google Slides

Quick launch summary

You can now personalize caption text size and position while presenting in Google Slides. These features can help make captions easier to read, like ensuring all audience members can view captions in a large room. Or, you could make your text smaller to maximize the number of words on screen at once.


While presenting, select the dropdown menu next to the Captions button on the toolbar. From there, you can then set the text size and position.


See our Help Center to learn more about presenting Slides with captions.


Availability

Rollout details

G Suite editions
  • Available to all G Suite editions

On/off by default?
  • This feature will be available by default.

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View Cloud Search usage reports in the Admin console and the Stats API

What’s changing

Admins can now view Cloud Search usage information via charts in the Admin console and using the Stats API.

Who’s impacted

Admins only

Why it’s important

Previously, admins only had limited visibility into the usage of Cloud Search within their domains. Now, they have greater insight into things like how often applications are being used and whether all the content they need indexed is accessible.

How to get started



Additional details

Specifically, you’ll be able to view Cloud Search data around active users, query volume, and number of searches. Note: these stats will be available immediately through the Stats API. Rollout details for the Admin console can be found below in the Availability section.

Helpful links



Availability

Rollout details


G Suite editions

  • Available to G Suite Enterprise and G Suite Enterprise for Education, as well as standalone Cloud Search Platform customers
  • Not available to G Suite Basic, G Suite Business, G Suite for Education, and G Suite for Nonprofits


On/off by default?

  • This feature will be ON by default.


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Goal Seek add-on now available for Google Sheets

What’s changing

The Goal Seek add-on for Google Sheets can now be downloaded and installed from the G Suite Marketplace.


Populating and triggering the solve functionality for the Goal Seek add-on.

The Goal Seek add-on running and successfully finding a solution.


Who’s impacted

Admins and end users

Why you’d use it

You can use the Goal Seek add-on to calculate the required value of a cell to achieve a desired value in another cell. This is particularly useful when conducting break-even analysis or sensitivity calculations, like determining how changing one value affects other correlated values in your sheet.

How to get started

Additional details

This add-on is developed in Apps Script and requires making requests via the Sheets API. That means that the API request quota for your domain will be affected and the number of requests that can be made by other App Script projects could be limited. See the Help Center for more information about monitoring API quotas and adjusting the request quota for your domain.

Helpful links

Availability

Rollout details

G Suite editions
  • Available to all G Suite editions

On/off by default?

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Add comments and save filter views in the alert center

What’s changing 

We’re making some updates to the alert center for G Suite. Admins with alert center privileges can now:

  • Leave comments on alerts. This can make it easier to collaborate during investigations and keep a record of investigation and resolution actions for an alert. 
  • Use saved filters. This can help you quickly return to specific views without applying several individual filters each session. 

Who’s impacted 

Admins only

Why you’d use it 

These new features and other recent alert center updates make it easier to find important alerts and work with colleagues to mitigate risk. By leaving comments you and your colleagues can more easily collaborate on investigations. The comments can also serve as a record of actions taken on alerts, making it easy to remember what happened.Additionally, saved filters will help personalize your experience so you can more quickly focus on alerts specific to your job function. For example, if you’re focused specifically on phishing and malware, you can save a filter to only see Gmail-related alerts.

How to get started 




Additional details 

Leave comments to collaborate better 
You can now leave comments on alerts. When you leave a comment, it will appear in the ‘Alert history’ section when you look at an alert, and can be viewed by any other admin with access to the alert. This can help you keep track of any actions taken on the alert, and can make it easier for team members to collaborate to investigate and remediate alerts. Note that comments can be deleted, but only by the user that left the comment.


You can leave comments in the Alert history section of an alert 


Use saved filters to personalize the alert center 
If you have filters that you use regularly (for example, you may regularly filter for “High severity” alerts which have an “In Progress” status), you can now save these filters so you can get back to them quickly. Filters saved will be individual to each user, but you can share the URL once the filter is applied so colleagues can see the same view.


Saved filters help you quickly access common filter views in the alert center 


Helpful links 

Help Center: About the alert center 

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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Validate your MTA-STS configurations in the Admin console

What’s changing

Earlier this year, we announced that Gmail would be enforcing the MTA-STS security standard in beta. We’re now adding a diagnostics page for all admins to validate their MTA-STS configurations.

Who’s impacted

Admins only

Why you’d use it

On this page you can validate your MTA-STS and TLS reporting configuration. If any of your domains are not configured correctly, you’ll see what the suggested configuration is, making it easier to configure new MTA-STS settings.

How to get started


  • Admins: In the Admin console, navigate to Apps > G Suite > Settings for Gmail > Advanced settings. Here, you’ll be able to validate your MTA-STS configuration.
  • End users: No action needed.

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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A new look for the Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides Android apps

Quick launch summary 

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides now have a new look and feel on Android devices. While there are no functionality changes, users will notice visual improvements, including a restyled document list, highly-legible typefaces, consistent controls, and updated iconography.

This redesign is already reflected in the latest versions of the Google Docs and Slides Android Apps. It will begin rolling out to Sheets on Android today.

Screenshots of Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets with the Material redesign.


This Material redesign is part of a larger effort to bring consistency to the look and feel of our G Suite apps, with ease-of-use in mind. See here for more information on the Google Drive Material redesign on iOS and Android and here for the Docs, Sheets, and Slides redesign on the web

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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Google Device Policy app ending support for iOS 9.0 soon

Quick launch summary 

The Google Device Policy app won’t support mobile devices running iOS version 9.0 or lower after the end of 2019. If your organization has advanced mobile device management (MDM) enabled, users must upgrade to iOS version 10.0 or higher to access new MDM features or to download the Device Policy app for the first time.

We will remove support for iOS 9.0 in the first release of the Device Policy app in 2020. Therefore please ensure your users upgrade their devices before the end of the year to avoid any disruption to their work.

Use our Help Center to find more information on minimum device requirements for Google mobile management.


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Dark theme now available for Google Voice on Android

Quick launch summary 

Google Voice will now support Dark theme on Android. Dark theme is a popular feature, as it creates a better viewing experience in low-light conditions and preserves battery life.

Dark theme for Google Voice

If you already have dark theme enabled on your Android phone (under Settings > Display > Screen settings), Voice will automatically respect this setting. On Pixel, when Battery Saver is enabled, Voice will default to dark theme automatically.

To change the theme specifically for the Google Voice app, go to Menu > Settings > Display Options > Theme and select “Dark.”

Availability 

Rollout details 
  • Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility) starting on October 1, 2019 for all users 

G Suite editions 
  • Available to all G Suite editions 

On/off by default? 
  • Dark theme in the Google Voice app is off by default, unless you have it enabled in your Android device's display settings, in which case the app will also respect that setting.

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