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Hangouts Meet metrics in Reports API; tablet support now available

Hangouts Meet helps you connect with your team from anywhere with easy-to-join video calls. We’re introducing new features to help you and your teams maximize how they collaborate.

Hangouts Meet metrics added to G Suite Reports API

To help you better understand Hangouts Meet usage within your domain, we’re introducing more than 50 new metrics in the Reports API Customer Usage report. These new metrics provide details on the duration, size, and device-specific characteristics of the Meet calls across your organization.

This will give you insights on how to improve your organization’s collaboration and productivity with Meet. You can learn more about the new metrics and how you can use them here.

All Hangouts-related metrics that were previously provided under the Google+ metrics group have been migrated to a newly introduced metrics group called Meet. You can learn more about the migration to the new Meet metrics here.

Hangouts Meet supported on tablets

You can now use Hangouts Meet on your Android and iOS tablets. This will help your team members join meetings from any of their devices.



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:
New metrics in Reports API: Admins only
Tablet support: All end users

Action:
Admin action suggested/FYI

More Information
Reports API: Customer Usage Metrics
Reports API: Customer Usage – Google Hangouts Meet Metrics
Reports API: Customer Usage - Google Hangouts Meet Metrics Migration Guide
Help Center: Download the Meet mobile app

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Dial into Hangouts Meet from nine additional markets

In October 2017, we announced the rollout of international Hangouts Meet dial-in phone numbers for G Suite Enterprise domains. This option helps your team to stay connected, wherever they are. We’ve added this functionality for nine additional countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Romania, Switzerland and Turkey.

The current list of included countries (with more to come!) is:

  • Australia (AU)
  • Austria (AT)
  • Belgium (BE)
  • Brazil (BR)
  • Canada (CA)
  • Czech Republic (CZ)
  • Denmark (DK)
  • Finland (FI)
  • France (FR)
  • Germany (DE)
  • Ireland (IE)
  • Italy (IT)
  • Netherlands (NL)
  • New Zealand (NZ)
  • Norway (NO)
  • Poland (PL)
  • Romania (RO)
  • South Africa (ZA)
  • Spain (ES)
  • Sweden (SE)
  • Switzerland (CH)
  • Turkey (TR)
  • United Kingdom (GB)
  • United States (US)
Launch Details
Release track:
Launched to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release

Editions:
Available to G Suite Enterprise edition only

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

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Help Center: Join a video meeting

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Host Hangouts Meet meetings with up to 50 participants

We recently announced a few exciting additions to the Hangouts Meet suite of products and features, including support of up to 50 participants in a meeting. This feature is now available for all meetings organized by a G Suite Enterprise edition user.

The 50-participant limit supports people joining from any mixture of video and dial-in entry points so you can bring together even more people from all over the world.

Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to Rapid Release, with Scheduled Release coming in 2 weeks

Editions:
Available to G Suite Enterprise edition only

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

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

More Information
G Suite Updates blog: The meeting room, by G Suite
Help Center: Get Started with Meet
Help Center: Hangouts Meet Benefits and features
G Suite Learning Center: How many people can join a video meeting?

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Easily copy Hangouts Meet conference information across your Google Calendar events

There are many reasons you might want to schedule multiple Calendar events with the same Hangouts Meet conference details. For example:

  • Setting up separate events for an interview to preserve candidate and interviewer privacy.
  • Creating separate events—one to book a room, another to invite speakers, and a third for other guests.
  • Running several back-to-back meetings and you’d rather not have to leave and join video conferences every half hour.
In all of these scenarios you want to be sure all participants join the same conference even if they are on different Calendar events.



To simplify this process, we are making it easy to copy and paste Hangouts Meet conferences across events.

To change an event’s conference details:

  1. Open the event in edit mode
  2. Click “VIEW DETAILS”
  3. Click the pencil icon to edit
  4. Paste the code (or full URL) of another Hangouts Meet conference
Note that this experience is only available in the new Calendar for web.

Launch Details
Release track: 
Launching to Rapid Release, with Scheduled Release coming on December 12th, 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

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Record a Hangouts Meet meeting and save it to Google Drive

Whether for trainings, important announcements, or syncing with your team, meetings have many purposes. Sometimes not every teammate can attend, or there is a need to share or reference notes from meetings after they have ended. To simplify this process, Hangouts Meet video meetings for G Suite Enterprise edition can now be recorded and saved to the cloud, making them easy to share, view, and even play in sped-up mode.

Any participant in the same domain as the organizer can start and stop a recording from web or Hangouts Meet hardware (and Chromebox for Meetings), and all participants are notified that the meeting is being recorded.



Recordings are saved to a “Meet Recordings” folder in the Drive of the meeting owner and the recording is automatically attached to the Calendar event and shared with all invited guests in the same domain.

G Suite Enterprise edition admins can control whose meetings can be recorded at the organizational unit (OU) level. Within the Admin console, navigate to Apps > G Suite > Settings for Google Hangouts and select “Meet Settings.” Please note, this setting is on by default for all OUs. The setting is disabled for OUs that don’t have Drive enabled.

Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to Rapid Release, with Scheduled Release coming in 2 weeks

Editions:
Available to G Suite Enterprise edition only

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

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

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The meeting room, by G Suite

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The meeting room, by G Suite

(Cross-posted from The Keyword)




With G Suite, we’re focused on building tools that help you bring great ideas to life. We know meetings are the main entry point for teams to share and shape ideas into action. That’s why we recently introduced Hangouts Meet, an evolution of Google Hangouts designed specifically for the workplace, and Jamboard, a way to bring creative brainstorming directly into meetings.

Combined with Calendar and Drive, these tools extend collaboration beyond four walls and transform how we work—so every team member has a voice, no matter location.

But the transformative power of video meetings is wasted if it’s not affordable and accessible to all organizations. So today, we’re introducing Hangouts Meet hardware—a new way to bring high-quality video meetings to businesses of any size. We’re also announcing new software updates designed to make your meetings even more productive.

Introducing Hangouts Meet hardware 

Hangouts Meet hardware is a cost-effective way to bring high-quality video meetings to your business. The hardware kit consists of four components: a touchscreen controller, speakermic, 4K-sensor Ultra HD camera and ASUS Chromebox.

The new controller provides a modern, intuitive touchscreen interface that allows people to easily join scheduled events from Calendar or view meeting details with a single tap. You can pin and mute team members, as well as control the camera, making managing meetings easy. You can also add participants with the dial-a-phone feature and present from a laptop via HDMI. If you’re a G Suite Enterprise edition customer, you can record the meeting to Drive.



Designed by Google, the Hangouts Meet speakermic actively eliminates echo and background noise to provide crisp, clear audio. Up to five speakermics can be daisy-chained together with a single wire, providing coverage for larger rooms without tabletop clutter.

The 4K sensor Ultra HD camera with 120° field of view easily captures everyone at the table, even in small spaces that some cameras find challenging. Each camera component is fine-tuned to make meetings more personal and distraction-free. Built with machine learning, the camera can intelligently detect participants and automatically crop and zoom to frame them.

Powered by ChromeOS, the ASUS Chromebox makes deploying and managing Hangouts Meet hardware easier than ever. The Chromebox can automatically push updates to other components in the hardware kit, making it easier for large organizations to ensure security and reliability. Remote device monitoring and management make it easy for IT administrators to stay in control, too.

Says Bradley Rhodes, IT Analyst End User Computing at Woolworths Ltd Australia, “We are very excited about the new Hangouts Meet hardware, particularly the easy-to-use touchscreen. The enhancements greatly improve the user experience and simplify our meeting rooms. We have also seen it create new ways for our team to collaborate, like via the touch-to-record functionality which allows absent participants to catch up more effectively.”

More features, better meetings

We’re also announcing updates to Meet based on valuable feedback. If you’re a G Suite Enterprise edition customer, you can:


  • Record meetings and save them to Drive: Can’t make the meeting? No problem. Record your meeting directly to Drive. Even without a Hangouts Meet hardware kit, Meet on web can save your team’s ideas with a couple of clicks.
  • Host meetings with up to 50 participants: Meet supports up to 50 participants in a meeting, especially useful for bringing global teams together from both inside and outside of your organization.
  • Dial in from around the globe: The dial-in feature in Meet is now available in more than a dozen markets. If you board a flight in one country and land in another, Meet will automatically update your meeting’s dial-in listing to a local phone number.





These new features are rolling out gradually. The hardware kit is priced at $1999 and is available in select markets around the globe beginning today.

Whether you're collaborating in Jamboard, recording meetings and referencing discussions in Drive or scheduling your next team huddle in Calendar, Hangouts Meet hardware makes it even easier to bring the power of your favorite G Suite tools into team meetings. For more information, visit the G Suite website.

Additional information for G Suite admins

  • More details on recording meetings and saving them to Drive available here
  • 50-person meeting support in Meet is coming soon. Specific timing and details to follow on the G Suite Updates blog.



Launch Details
Release track:

  • Record a meeting: Launching to Rapid Release, with Scheduled Release coming in 2 weeks
  • 50-person meeting support in Meet: Coming soon.
  • International dial-in: Available to Rapid and Scheduled Release


Editions:

  • Meeting features are available to G Suite enterprise editions only
  • Hangouts Meet hardware is available to all G Suite editions


    Impact:
    All end users

    Action:
    Change management suggested/FYI

    More Information
    Manage Hangouts Meet for your G Suite team
    Record a meeting

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    Dial into a Hangouts Meet video call with an international phone number

    Since its launch earlier this year, one of the core principles of Hangouts Meet has been to facilitate meetings that are as fast and seamless to join as possible. Whether it’s in a conference room, on desktop, or on mobile—Hangouts Meet is one great user experience focused on making meetings easy and productive.

    Sometimes when users are on the go, like on a business trip or out in the field, there’s no data connection to join a video meeting. That’s why we provide our G Suite Enterprise customers with a dedicated dial-in phone number for every Meet, allowing for a rich audio-only experience and enabling them to participate.

    Over the next few days, we’ll roll out dial-in phone numbers to additional markets, so your team can stay connected, wherever they are. Easy to find, this localized phone number will appear both on the calendar listing and in the Meet app. On mobile, the number will even update based on your location (and if you’re in a market not yet supported, it will change to the next best alternative).
    Our markets include the following countries (with more to come!):

    • Australia (AU)
    • Brazil (BR)
    • Canada (CA)
    • Denmark (DK)
    • France (FR)
    • Germany (DE)
    • Italy (IT)
    • Netherlands (NL)
    • New Zealand (NZ)
    • Poland (PL)
    • Spain (ES)
    • Sweden (SE)
    • United Kingdom (GB)
    • United States (US)

    Please note that localized phone numbers will only appear in newly created meetings.

    For more information on dialing into a Hangouts Meet from a phone, see this Help Center article.

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

    Editions:
    Available to G Suite Enterprise edition only

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

    Impact:
    All end users

    Action:
    Change management suggested/FYI

    More Information
    Help Center: Join a video meeting


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    Send and receive chat messages in Hangouts Meet

    Sharing written communication is a critical part of successful meetings. Meeting participants may want to share links, chime in when they can’t speak, or hold side conversations without interrupting. This chat functionality has been a top feature request in Meet since we launched earlier this year and that’s why, today, we’re bringing it to all G Suite users.



    Going forward, meeting attendees will be able to send text and links, all in real time. The chat history will be available for the duration of the meeting.

    This feature is available across Meet platforms: chat messages can be sent and received on web and mobile (versions 4.5 and above), and received on Chromebox for Meetings. All users can send and receive messages while in Meet, including those not signed in with Google accounts.





    Launch Details
    Release track:
    Launching to Rapid release, with Scheduled release coming in 2 weeks

    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: Chat with Meeting Participants

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    Hangouts Meet troubleshooting data to include mobile devices

    Hangouts Meet allows G Suite administrators to determine whether web video call logs should be uploaded to Google to aid with support troubleshooting. Starting on July 17th, 2017, the Hangouts Meet client logs upload setting in the Admin console will also apply to mobile devices. Such log data allows Google Support to more effectively resolve issues reported by customers to Google Support. 

    Please review the updated section in the Admin console under Google Hangouts > Meet; your existing setting for Client Logs Upload will continue to remain unchanged unless you choose to modify it.

    Please see the configuration in the Admin console for more information.

    Launch Details
    Release track:
    Launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release on July 17th, 2017

    Editions:
    Available to all G Suite editions

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

    Impact:
    Admins only

    Action:
    Admin action suggested/FYI

    More Information
    Help Center: Turn Meet on or off

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    Hangouts Meet troubleshooting data to include mobile devices

    Hangouts Meet allows G Suite administrators to determine whether web video call logs should be uploaded to Google to aid with support troubleshooting. Starting on July 17th, 2017, the Hangouts Meet client logs upload setting in the Admin console will also apply to mobile devices. Such log data allows Google Support to more effectively resolve issues reported by customers to Google Support. 

    Please review the updated section in the Admin console under Google Hangouts > Meet; your existing setting for Client Logs Upload will continue to remain unchanged unless you choose to modify it.

    Please see the configuration in the Admin console for more information.

    Launch Details
    Release track:
    Launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release on July 17th, 2017

    Editions:
    Available to all G Suite editions

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

    Impact:
    Admins only

    Action:
    Admin action suggested/FYI

    More Information
    Help Center: Turn Meet on or off

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