Go for a drive with your Google Assistant, and jump into your favourite show on Android TV

We've been working hard to bring the Google Assistant to more devices in more places – including phones, speakers, TV, watches and more.  Today, we’re excited to announce that the Assistant can do even more to help Aussies at home and on the road with the launch of the Assistant for Android Auto and Android TV – with rollout beginning in Australia this week.  

Get help when you’re behind the wheel

With Android Auto, you can safely and easily stay connected, find answers, and get things done in the car - all with just your voice. You can listen to your playlists from apps like Spotify or YouTube Music, get quick directions from Google Maps or Waze, send or receive messages from services like WhatsApp, and control your connected smart home devices. You can also access useful Actions on the go from our partners.

Android Auto is available in tens of millions of cars on more than 500 models globally from 50+ brands, including Alfa Romeo, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and Volvo.  You can use the Assistant in Android Auto on your car display by connecting your Android phone to a supported car—or you can use it on your phone screen in any car.

Get help on the big screen

Your Google Assistant is now available on Android TV in Australia, starting with NVIDIA SHIELD TV today – and Sony Bravia, TCL and Kogan TVs in the coming months. With your Assistant on Android TV, you can jump right into your favorite show, find the latest blockbuster, check the score of the big game, dim the lights and more— all with just your voice.  

Here are some ways your Assistant can help:

  • “Play Stranger Things”— your Assistant can play a wide variety of content, from movies and TV shows to YouTube clips and music. With Netflix, Stan and YouTube, you can instantly watch something by asking for it by name or, if you aren’t sure what to watch, try “show me movies about climbing Mount Everest.” You can also ask your Assistant to “play some music” or listen to a specific song on YouTube Music, Google Play Music, Spotify or Pandora.
  • “Play business news”— catch up on what’s going on in the news, from business to tech to entertainment. And once you’re caught up, prepare for your own day by asking “what’s on my agenda for today?”
  • “Talk to…. ”— apps for the Google Assistant are also now available on Android TV, so you can talk to Woolworths to put items in your shopping cart, Concrete Playground to plan a night out, and more.
  • “Turn it on, off and up”— it’s as simple as that. With your Assistant on Android TV you can turn up the volume, pause, control your smart home devices and more, just with your voice.

To get started, accept the Google Assistant system update on your SHIELD and press your remote’s mic button or the Assistant button on your remote after the device restarts. From there, you’re ready to sit back and relax with the help of your Assistant.

Investigation tool in G Suite security center now generally available

We launched the investigation tool as an Early Adopter Program (EAP) in July and are now making it generally available (GA). It will help G Suite admins and security analysts identify, triage, and remediate security threats within their organization. This tool builds on the existing capabilities in the security center to help admins:

  • Identify security issues within their domain using advanced search capability.
  • Triage threats targeting users, devices, or data.
  • Take bulk actions to limit the propagation and impact of threats.

Since our EAP announcement, we’ve been hard at work using the feedback from participants to improve the product. As a result, this release will have the following key new features:

  • Enhanced security to prevent insider risk - You can now require a second admin to verify large actions in the investigation tool.
  • More fine-grained visibility while investigating incidents - Email header analysis allows you to see important attributes and the delivery path for the email. We’ve also added visibility into Team Drive settings and the ability to modify access permissions directly from the tool.
  • Simplified interface - With user auto-complete, emails and names from your organization will be auto-completed as you type parameters in the investigation tool.
We hope the investigation tool helps you manage your organization’s data security. See the Help Center for more information on the tools available to provide visibility into security issues in your domain.

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

Available to G Suite Enterprise and Enterprise for Education editions only

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

Admins only

Admin action suggested/FYI

More Information
G Suite Updates blog: Triage and remediate threats with new investigation tool in G Suite security center Early Adopter Program
G Suite blog: Gain deeper organizational insights with new features in G Suite

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New G Suite adoption and productivity insights tool launching in Beta

We’re launching Work Insights, a new tool to help you quickly assess the impact of G Suite on your organization by giving you visibility into the adoption of G Suite tools. Initially launching in beta, Work Insights is available to organizations with G Suite Enterprise or Enterprise for Education editions. G Suite admins can use this form to apply for the beta.

See the impact of G Suite in your organization 

With Work Insights, we aim to bring you executive-level insights into how G Suite is increasing collaboration and improving workplace culture at your organization. Use the Work Insights dashboard to see how your organization’s G Suite usage is changing over time in the following areas:
  • Adoption - which teams are adopting G Suite and which apps they use most frequently
  • Collaboration - how are teams working together through meetings, file sharing, and document co-editing
  • Activity - which apps teams are spending time in and how much time they’re spending in meetings
The metrics in the dashboard can help you determine how quickly your workforce is adopting G Suite, how teams are collaborating, if they’re using G Suite products as expected, and if you need additional training resources to help users understand a new workflow.

Compare across your organization

For each category of metrics, you can compare insights by organizational unit. You can also benchmark usage and adoption by comparing team-level statistics to overall company data. This can help you establish usage trends and see adoption patterns to get insights into differences across your organization.

Note that at the organizational level, team insights will only be shown for teams of 10 people or more.

See how G Suite is used across your organization

See how teams within your organization collaborate

Work Insights Beta now open

Work Insights is initially launching in beta to organizations with G Suite Enterprise and Enterprise for Education editions only, with access restricted to admins. See this form for more details and to apply.

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Gain deeper organizational insights and take action with new G Suite features

(Cross-posted from the G Suite blog)

Companies across the world are exploring digital transformation to increase collaboration, leading to more idea exchange, less organizational silos and more opportunity for growth. Be it a healthcare company like SCL Health looking for ways to streamline patient care, or a media company like Nielsen looking to collaborate in real-time, every organization is unique—and so, too, are its needs.

For this reason, businesses are turning to cloud-native apps like G Suite to gain greater visibility into their organization, as well as to have more control over policies that keep their data secure.

Today, we're announcing two new ways admins can gain greater insight into their organizations to help employees focus on work that’s core to success.

See how your organization collaborates with Work Insights

Work Insights is a tool built specifically to help businesses measure and understand the impact of digital transformation within their organizations, driven by G Suite. With Work Insights—now available in beta—admins can quickly surface organizational insights about G Suite deployments at the team level (aggregated at 10 people or more) and understand adoption patterns for G Suite apps.

With adoption charts in Work Insights, admins can analyze trends and track deployment progress over time. They can see which apps are widely adopted, and by which teams, as well as benchmark and identify which ones may need additional training on applications. This can be particularly valuable when an organization is transitioning from legacy tools to G Suite.

You can also use Work Insights to learn how your teams are collaborating across your organization. For example, an admin can quickly surface the percentage of users on the Sales team that are working with the Marketing team to see patterns, like if they’re working together in meetings or co-creating documents. This insight can help executives identify opportunities to strengthen collaboration and reduce siloes.

Understand and mitigate potential security risks with new investigation tool

Understanding what is happening within an organization is also important to operate securely, and businesses need a way to simplify their security management. We introduced the security center for G Suite earlier this year to help—bringing together security analytics, actionable insights and best practice recommendations from Google.

Today, we’re announcing the general availability of the investigation tool in security center, which adds integrated remediation to the prevention and detection capabilities already available. With this addition, admins can identify suspicious device activity, see if Google Drive have been shared externally and remove access, delete malicious emails and more.

The investigation tool, with its simple UI, makes it easier for admins to identify threats without having to worry about analyzing logs which can be time-consuming and require complex scripting. Powerful remediation controls enable admins to take action by scaling incident response across the entire domain with a few clicks . Investigation tool is available today for G Suite Enterprise customers. Learn more.

Use these insights from G Suite to augment how your teams work together or visit the G Suite website to learn more.

Dev Channel Update for Desktop

The dev channel has been updated to 71.0.3554.0 for Windows, Mac and Linux.

A partial list of changes is available in the log. Interested in switching release channels? Find out how. If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug. The community help forum is also a great place to reach out for help or learn about common issues.

Krishna Govind
Google Chrome

Snooze notifications in Hangouts Chat

Hangouts Chat makes it easy to collaborate efficiently, but it’s important that you can disconnect without interruptions from Chat messages. You can now snooze notifications, allowing other users to know that you are checking messages on your own time.

You can choose the time frame that best suits your needs from the options of 30 minutes or one, two, four or eight hours. During this time, notifications will be muted on all your devices. Other people will see your presence indicator change to a moon and a status line next to your name letting them know when they can expect you to be responsive again.

Use our Help Center to find out more about snoozing notifications.

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Launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release

Available to all G Suite editions

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

All end users

Change management suggested/FYI

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Hangouts Meet Hardware Update

The stable channel has been updated to Chrome OS 68 for Hangouts Meet hardware and Chrome devices for Meetings. Systems will be receiving updates over the next several days.

For more information about this release, along with known issues and bug fixes checkout the Hangouts Meet hardware and Chrome OS release notes.

Kota Hisamatsu
Hangouts Meet hardware

Structured Data Files v4.1 now available in the DoubleClick Bid Manager API

Today we're announcing the general availability of Structured Data Files (SDF) v4.1 in the DoubleClick Bid Manager API. Highlights of this release include:

  • Enhanced support for inventory source targeting
  • Renaming changes to better align SDF with the Display & Video 360 UI

All SDF users are encouraged to begin requesting v4.1 files to take advantage of these new features. To do so, simply pass 4.1 as the value of version when calling Sdf.download. For users with workflows that are dependent on older SDF formats, details of the file format changes between versions can be found in the release notes.

Stable Channel Update for Chrome OS

The Stable channel has been updated to 69.0.3497.95 (Platform version: 10895.56.0) for most
Chrome OS devices. This build contains a number of bug fixes and security updates. Systems will
be receiving updates over the next several days.

New Features
  • Files app UI refresh with new support for accessing Play files 
  • Native support for Team Drives in Files app
  • Save Play app files directly to Files app via the share sheet
  • Run Linux apps on supported devices
  • Dictation into any text field, a new feature in accessibility settings
  • Power state alerts for Kiosk apps
  • Global text-to-speech settings
  • Night Light
  • Fast Access to Emojis
  • OOBE visual improvements
  • Swipe to close apps in Overview
  • Tablet mode behavior unification
  • Video capture service
Security Fixes
  • L1TF and Foreshadow Vulnerabilities
If you find new issues, please let us know by visiting our forum or filing a bug. Interested in switching channels? Find out how. You can submit feedback using ‘Report an issue...’ in the Chrome menu (3 vertical dots in the upper right corner of the browser).

Cindy Bayless

Google Chrome