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Live captions in Hangouts Meet, now available on Android

What's changing

Support for live captions on Hangouts Meet was announced at Google Cloud Next ‘19 in San Francisco. We’re continuing to invest in this area with the addition of captions support on the Meet Android app.

Additionally, you can now more easily turn on live captions on web and in rooms with a button that’s one click away.

Who’s impacted

End users

Why you’d use it

Live captions help make your meetings more accessible by reducing barriers to holding meetings between users of different hearing abilities, regardless of whether they are participating remotely or in person.

How to get started


  • Admins: No action required.
  • End users:
    • On Android: Tap the closed captions button on the top right of the Meet app when you are in a meeting. (Note that this button is only shown here for English language users. It can be found in the triple-dot menu for all other languages.
    • On the web and on Chromebase for meetings touchscreen devices: Tap the captions button at the bottom right of your screen. (Note that this button is only shown here for English language users. It can be found in the triple-dot menu for all other languages.)
    • On devices with a Mimo touchscreen: Tap the captions option in the right-hand panel. (Note that this is only shown here for English language users. It can be found under Settings for all other languages.)

Additional details

Live captions are not yet available on the Meet iOS app but we are working on making it available soon.

When you turn on captions, they will be visible on that particular device. In order for other participants in the meeting to see captions, they’ll have to turn it on for their devices as well.

Currently, live captions is only available in English. Additionally, captions will not appear in a recording of a meeting.

Helpful links



Availability

Rollout details

  • Rapid Release domains: Extended rollout (potentially longer than 15 days for feature visibility) starting on September 16, 2019
  • Scheduled Release domains: Extended rollout (potentially longer than 15 days for feature visibility) starting on September 16, 2019

G Suite editions

  • Available to all G Suite editions

On/off by default?

  • This feature will be ON by default.

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Form Notifications add-on now available in the G Suite Marketplace

Quick launch summary 

The Form Notifications add-on is now available on the G Suite Marketplace. You can use the add-on to receive an email notification once your Google Form has received a set number of responses, or you can use it to send an automated follow-up email to any user who completes your form. To learn more, see this article in our Help Center.


Availability 

Rollout details 
  • This add-on is available now in the G Suite Marketplace. 

G Suite editions 
  • Available to all G Suite editions

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New improvements for Jamboard mobile and tablet apps

What’s changing

We’ve redesigned the Jamboard apps for iOS and Android to improve usability, performance, and reliability for Jamboard users. Together with our recent usability redesign of Jamboard hardware on web, these updates create a rich collaborative experience for Jamming across all user touch points.

These changes create a more seamless and consistent experience, bringing familiar functionalities from other Google Editors to Jamboard. Additionally, we’re removing several functions to further streamline the user experience. For more details, see below.


Who’s impacted

End users

Why you’d use it

We’ve redesigned the current Jamboard apps to optimize the user experience, improve performance and reliability, make them work more effectively:

Jamboard is now more consistent with other G Suite editors
We’re bringing familiar functions from Google Editors to the Jamboard apps, which will make them easier to use. Specifically, you’ll be able to take actions such as starring, make a copy of a Jam or copy a link to a Jam. We’re also adding the standard G Suite link sharing abilities found in our editors to our apps to make sharing easier.





You’ll also notice a grid view and a list view for your Jams on the homescreen. You can view recent, shared with me, starred and trashed Jams as browsable directories. These features are a part of the larger effort to bring the power and familiarity of G Suite to Jamboard. 

An improved editing experience for mobile and tablet users
We’ve added full portrait and landscape support for apps, which makes jamming on mobile and tablet devices easier.



You’ll see a redesigned toolbar and framebar bringing a familiar interface from Jamboard hardware and the web to users. We’ve also added missing tools, such as the select tool to mobile and made the tools for inserting images and drive files more performant and reliable.



Easily join or open a Jam on Jamboard and share a Jam with people 
We’ve made several improvements to the way you join and open Jams on Jamboard, and share Jams with people from mobile and tablet devices. You can now share Jams using the standard G Suite sharing methods. You can open a Jam on Jamboard using Bluetooth. Also, you can join a Jam on Jamboard using Bluetooth or a jam-code that is created on Jamboard hardware.

You can read more about the improvements of our usability redesign here. See our Help Center to  learn more about the updates to the sharing, opening and joining model.

How to get started

  • Admins: No action required. 
  • End users: You’ll see the new changes coming to your Android and iOS devices in the coming days. For more information on the updates to claiming and sharing Jams, see our “Helpful links” section.

Additional details

We’ve temporarily removed the ability to create a jam offline while we continue working toward achieving parity with the offline capabilities of other G Suite Editors. You’ll still be able to edit a Jam offline while you have a Jam open and edit any Jams offline you have previously opened.

We’ll also be deprecating a few features:
  • You’ll no longer be able to use NFC to open or join a Jam on Jamboard. Instead, you can use Bluetooth to open or join Jams on Jamboard.
  • We’ve removed the Hangouts integration on mobile and tablet. To co-edit a Jam, share the Jam file link in Hangouts Chat or attach it to a calendar entry, which gives all meeting participants access to the Jam. To present a Jam to a meeting, use the new mobile Meet screen-sharing feature which is available on iOS and coming soon to Android.
  • We’re removing the web search and crop feature. Instead, you can use the native browser to find a web page, the native screen-capture and crop functionality, and our apps gallery insert flow to insert cropped images of web pages. For our EDU customers, this change allows us to lower the age restriction of our apps to 13+.
  • The ability to create Jam file codes on mobile and tablet will also be removed. Instead, you can use the familiar G Suite share features to share with people or use Bluetooth to open Jams on Jamboard.

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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Display the word count as you type in Google Docs

Quick launch summary

Users often need to see the word count in the documents they write. Instead of going to Tools > Word Count each time you want to view this information, now, you can simply select Tools > Word count > Display word count while typing to continuously display it in the lower left corner of your doc:




We’ve heard that displaying this information is helpful to users working on docs that require minimum or maximum word count.

If you click on the word count box, you can also view more information, like the page count, character count (with and without spaces). To see the word count of a specific section of text, simply highlight that section in your doc. To learn more, see our Help Center.

Availability

Rollout details
G Suite editions
  • Available to all G Suite editions
On/off by default?
  • This feature will be available by default and can be accessed by going to Tools > Word count > Display word count in Google Docs.

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A new way to pay on Google Play Store — via UPI

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The Google Play Store helps people find their favorite apps, games, movies, TV shows, music, books and more, on the device of their choice. With more than 2 billion active users in 190+ countries around the world, Play is also an important distribution platform for developers to build a global audience.


Indian app developers are already building successful businesses on the Google Play Store, offering a range of great apps across categories, and we are committed to helping them grow. One way to make this happen is to make it even easier for people to pay for apps and in-app content, which is why we are pleased to add Unified Payment Interface (UPI) as a new payment method to the existing roster of credit or debit card, net banking, direct carrier billing, and gift cards options.
UPI has grown over 50 times since its launch in August 2017, clocking 918 million transactions in August 2019 alone. A payment system that enables transfers, directly from one bank account to another, its ease and convenience has helped it outpace all other forms of digital payment in India. Users across the country are now choosing UPI for everything from utility bill payments, mobile recharges, in-store transactions and much more, and we’re pleased to bring its convenience to millions of users on Google Play.


Over the next few weeks on the Play Store in India, UPI will show up as a new payment option for purchasing apps, games, and in-app content using your preferred UPI app including BHIM, Google Pay, Paytm and PhonePe. Simply link your UPI ID (VPA or Virtual Payment Address) in Google Play Store Billing, and use your bank account to conveniently make app and in-app purchases.


The addition of UPI as a payment option on the Google Play Store allows even more people to enjoy premium apps, games, and in-app content, while helping developers and creators reach a wider audience for their apps and content.

Posted by Saurabh Agarwal, Head of Google Play Retail & Payments Activation - India, Vietnam & New Zealand

Improving Chrome Enterprise management in the Admin console

Quick launch summary 

We’re updating the Admin console to provide a quicker, more searchable experience for Chrome Enterprise administrators. Specifically you may notice a number of changes when you go to Admin Console > Devices > Chrome Management, including:

  • Significantly improved performance, with faster page loads, device actions, and more. 
  • Improved search and filter so you can find what you’re looking for quickly. 
  • Unified app management for Android apps, Chrome extensions and web apps so you can manage all of your apps in one place. 
  • Centralized printer management for users, devices, and managed guests. 
  • Brand new policies to help control the user experience, including Chrome Safe Browsing and Password Alert, Quick unlock with PIN and fingerprint, and Legacy Browser Support for Chrome Browser on Windows. 


See our Cloud Blog post for a detailed look at the updates to the Chrome Enterprise experience in the Admin console.

Availability 

Rollout details 


G Suite editions 
Available to all G Suite editions.


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Updated Working Hours in Calendar helps colleagues know your schedule

What’s changing 

We’re revamping the feature in Google Calendar that helps you let colleagues know when it’s best to work with you. The updates to the Working Hours feature include:


  • Working hours now show in grid view: When you schedule a meeting with other Calendar users, their working hours will be shown in the calendar grid. 
  • New warning note for event creators: If you try to schedule an event outside the working hours of one more or guests, you’ll now see a notification. 
  • Working hours is ON by default: Working hours will now be turned on for all users by default. Users can turn it off at any point in Calendar’s settings (see more below). 





A new notification will show if an event outside the working hours of guests. 

Who’s impacted 

All end users

Why you’d use it 

The new features will make it easier for your colleagues to see when it’s best to work with you. This can help reduce back and forth when finding the right time for a meeting, and help make sure that meetings are scheduled at convenient and productive times for all participants.

How to get started 


  • Admins: No action required. 
  • End users: 
    •  Working Hours will be enabled by default. When it’s first enabled, users will see a dialog (shown below) with an estimate of their working hours, which they can confirm or change. Users can disable the feature by selecting “Settings” in this dialog. 
    • Users can later adjust or disable Working Hours by going to Calendar on the web (calendar.google.com) and clicking Settings > General > Working hours


Helpful links 

Help Center: Set your working hours & availability

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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See encryption status and security patch level for devices with basic mobile management

What’s changing 

We will now show more information about devices with basic mobile management in the G Suite Admin console. Specifically, admins will now be able to see the encryption state and the security patch level for Android devices. Previously, this information was only available for devices with advanced mobile management.

Who’s impacted 

Admins only

Why you’d use it 

Encryption state and security patch level are important pieces of information for assessing device security. There is less risk of a data leak from a lost or stolen mobile device if that device is encrypted and password protected. Devices with more recent security patch levels are typically less susceptible to attacks than devices with older patch levels.

By making this information available for more devices, we hope you can better understand potential security vulnerabilities, better track the progress of security improvement initiatives, and make access-level decisions and rules to help ensure data is secure in your organization.

How to get started 




Additional details 

Encryption status is available for Android devices with API level 11 (Android 3.0) and up, and security patch level is available for Android devices with API level 23 (Android M) and up.

  • You can see both encryption status and security patch level on the device detail page for each device in the Admin console. This is available to all G Suite customers. 
  • You can also see the security patch level in the devices audit logs at Admin console > Reports > Devices. Note that the devices audit log is only available to G Suite Business, G Suite Enterprise, and G Suite Enterprise for Education domains. 
  • You can set up rules based on this information to automate mobile management tasks


See encryption status and security patch level for devices with basic mobile management 


Helpful links 



Availability 

Rollout details 

  • Rapid Release domains: Extended rollout (potentially longer than 15 days for feature visibility) starting on September 3, 2019 
  • Scheduled Release domains: Extended rollout (potentially longer than 15 days for feature visibility) starting on September 3, 2019 


G Suite editions 
Available to all G Suite editions

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


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What’s New in G Suite – August 2019


Check out the latest "What's New in G Suite" launch recap (pdf) for a roundup of all G Suite launches from August 2019.

Archive and translated versions (coming soon for August issue)


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See when someone is out of office in Gmail and Hangouts Chat

What’s changing

Now, when you have an Out of office (OOO) entry on your calendar, a notice of that OOO status will appear in Gmail and Hangouts Chat when people try to contact you.

In Gmail, we’ll show a banner about the recipient being out of office and when they’ll be back in the email compose window.




In Hangouts Chat, you’ll also see a small notification in the chat compose window alerting you that the person you’re trying to message is out of office.



Who’s impacted

End users

Why you’d use it

With this launch, before people even hit “send,” your time out of office is visible in more places across G Suite, meaning you get more uninterrupted time away. As a sender, you’ll also have more confidence that you’re messaging people at an appropriate time.

How to get started

  • Admins: No action required. 
  • End users: No action required. These notices will automatically start showing up when anyone whose calendar you have access to has an out of office event scheduled.

Additional details

If you’d like to disable sharing of availability information to other G Suite apps, you can do so in Calendar under Calendar settings > Access permissions. Just deselect “Show calendar info in other Google apps, limited by access permissions.”

Helpful links



Availability

Rollout details
Notification in Gmail and setting in Calendar


Notification in Hangouts Chat


G Suite editions

  • Available to all G Suite editions


On/off by default?

  • This feature will be ON by default and can be disabled in your Calendar settings.


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