Google Workspace Updates Weekly Recap – June 14, 2024

1 New update

Unless otherwise indicated, the features below are available to all Google Workspace customers, and are fully launched or in the process of rolling out. Rollouts should take no more than 15 business days to complete if launching to both Rapid and Scheduled Release at the same time. If not, each stage of rollout should take no more than 15 business days to complete.


Make a space discoverable to a target audience using the Google Chat API 
Earlier this year, we introduced the option to create discoverable spaces using the Google Chat API through the Google Workspace Developer Preview Program. We’re excited to announce this is now generally available for Google Workspace developers. | Rolling out now to Rapid Release domains and Scheduled Release domains | Available to all Google Workspace customers. | Learn more about discoverable spaces.

Previous announcements

The announcements below were published on the Workspace Updates blog earlier this week. Please refer to the original blog posts for complete details.


Stay on top of shared Drive files with automatic digest emails 
If you haven’t been active on Drive for 7 days and have multiple shared files that are unviewed, we’ll send you a reminder email that summarizes the files. | Learn more about automatic digest emails for Drive files. 

Adding audit logs for Gemini for Google Workspace activity 
We’re introducing the ability for admins to see new audit logs in Google Drive for activity triggered by Gemini for Google Workspace. | Learn more about audit logs for Gemini. 

Google Meet add-ons are now available on Android devices 
We’re expanding access to Google Meet add-ons, now to Android devices, so you can find, install, and use third and first-party applications right from within the Meet app. | Learn more about Meet add-ons. 

Updated design for meeting controls in Google Meet 
Google Meet is gradually improving and modernizing the in-call experience with the Material 3 Design System. This week, we are announced the first update, which is specific to the lower bar of in-call controls in Meet. | Learn more about updated designs for meeting controls in Google Meet.

Google Classroom now supports grade category and co-teacher imports from SIS partners
Starting this week, teachers can now import their grade categories and co-teachers from their linked SIS. | Learn more about import grading categories or co-teachers

Google Meet now supports high definition video for meeting recording and devices 
Full HD video content is now available for recorded meetings and sending full HD video is now available on all computers with 1080p cameras. Learn more about new video support in Meet.


Completed rollouts

The features below completed their rollouts to Rapid Release domains, Scheduled Release domains, or both. Please refer to the original blog posts for additional details.


Rapid Release Domains: 
Scheduled Release Domains: 
Rapid and Scheduled Release Domains: 

For a recap of announcements in the past six months, check out What’s new in Google Workspace (recent releases).   


Chrome Dev for Android Update

Hi everyone! We've just released Chrome Dev 128 (128.0.6537.2) for Android. It's now available on Google Play.

You can see a partial list of the changes in the Git log. For details on new features, check out the Chromium blog, and for details on web platform updates, check here.

If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug.

Harry Souders
Google Chrome

Chrome Dev for Desktop Update

The Dev channel has been updated to 128.0.6535.2 for Windows, Mac and Linux.

A partial list of changes is available in the Git 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.

Prudhvi Bommana
Google Chrome

Google Meet now supports high definition video for meeting recording and devices

What’s changing 

Full HD video content is now available for recorded meetings 
For recorded meetings in Google Meet, we’re increasing the maximum resolution for the speaker’s video feed from 720p to 1080p. Meet already supports 1080p recordings for presented content — together, these enhancements increase viewing quality of meeting recordings. 


Sending full HD video is now available on all computers with 1080p cameras 
We’re also pleased to announce that 1080p video resolution is now available on all computers with a 1080p capable camera. 1080p resolution is off by default and requires the user to opt-in via the settings menu. Note that 1080p is only sent when recording is enabled or when one or more users have pinned the 1080p-enabled user on a screen large enough to render the 1080p video feed. In those specific scenarios, additional bandwidth will be required to send 1080p video, and Meet will automatically adjust the resolution if the device is bandwidth constrained.


Getting started

  • Admins: 
    • Video content and screen shared content in meeting recordings will be in 1080p by default. Visit the Help Center to learn more about turning Meet recording on or off for your organization.
    • Note that there is no admin control for sending 1080p video. It is off by default and requires the user to opt-in. 

Rollout pace

Availability

Full HD video for meeting recordings:
  • Available for Google Workspace:
    • Business Standard and Plus
    • Enterprise Essentials and Essentials Plus
    • Enterprise Starter, Standard, and Plus 
    • Education Plus and the Teaching & Learning Upgrade

Sending Full HD video on computers with 1080p cameras:
Available for Google Workspace
  • Business Standard and Plus
  • Enterprise Starter, Standard, and Plus
  • Education Plus and the Teaching and Learning Upgrade
  • Enterprise Essentials and Essentials Plus
  • Google One subscribers with 2TB or more storage space


Google Classroom now supports grade category and co-teacher imports from SIS partners

What’s changing

Since the beginning of this year, educators have been able to easily import students from their student information system (SIS) to Google Classroom using OneRoster. Today, we’re introducing the option for teachers to import their grade categories and co-teachers from their linked SIS. 

Once an admin establishes a connection between their district SIS and Google Classroom, teachers can manually link new or existing Google Classroom classes to their SIS, then use the connection to export grades, import students rosters, and now, import grading categories or co-teachers. 


Getting started 

Rollout pace 


Availability 

Available for Google Workspace: 
  • Education Plus and the Teaching & Learning Upgrade 

Resources

Chrome for Android Update

  Hello, Everyone! We've just released Chrome 126 (126.0.6478.71) for Android: it'll become available on Google Play over the next few days.

This release includes stability and performance improvements. You can see a full list of the changes in the Git log. If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug.


Stable Channel Update for Desktop

The Stable channel has been updated to 126.0.6478.61/.62 for Windows, Mac and 126.0.6478.61 for Linux which will roll out over the coming days/weeks. A full list of changes in this build is available in the Log.


Interested in switching release channels? Find out how here. 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.


Srinivas Sista
Google Chrome





Driving etcd Stability and Kubernetes Success


Introduction: The Critical Role of etcd in Cloud-Native Infrastructure

Imagine a cloud-native world without Kubernetes. It's hard, right? But have you ever considered the unsung hero that makes Kubernetes tick? Enter etcd, the distributed key-value store that serves as the central nervous system for Kubernetes. Etcd's ability to consistently store and replicate critical cluster state data is essential for maintaining the health and harmony of distributed systems.


etcd: The Backbone of Kubernetes

Think of Kubernetes as a magnificent vertebrate animal, capable of complex movements and adaptations. In this analogy, etcd is the animal's backbone – a strong, flexible structure that supports the entire system. Just as a backbone protects the spinal cord (which carries vital information), etcd safeguards the critical data that defines the Kubernetes environment. And just as a backbone connects to every other part of the body, etcd facilitates communication and coordination between all the components of Kubernetes, allowing it to move, adapt, and thrive in the dynamic world of distributed systems.

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Credit: Original image xkcd.com/2347, alterations by Josh Berkus.

Google's Deep-Rooted Commitment to Open Source

Google has a long history of contributing to open source projects, and our commitment to etcd is no exception. As the initiator of Kubernetes, Google understands the critical role that etcd plays in its success. Google engineers consistently invest in etcd to enhance its functionality and reliability, driven by their extensive use of etcd for their own internal systems.


Google's Collaborative Impact on etcd Reliability

Google engineers have actively contributed to the stability and resilience of etcd, working alongside the wider community to address challenges and improve the project. Here are some key areas where their impact has been felt:

Post-Release Support: Following the release of etcd v3.5.0, Google engineers quickly identified and addressed several critical issues, demonstrating their commitment to maintaining a stable and production-ready etcd for Kubernetes and other systems.

Data Consistency: Early Detection and Swift Action: Google engineers led efforts to identify and resolve data inconsistency issues in etcd, advocating for public awareness and mitigation strategies. Drawing from their Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) expertise, they fostered a culture of "blameless postmortems" within the etcd community—a practice where the focus is on learning from incidents rather than assigning blame. Their detailed postmortem of the v3.5 data inconsistency issue and a co-presented KubeCon talk served to share these valuable lessons with the broader cloud-native community.

Refocusing on Stability and Testing: The v3.5 incident highlighted the need for more comprehensive testing and documentation. Google engineers took action on multiple fronts:

  • Improving Documentation: They contributed to creating "The Implicit Kubernetes-ETCD Contract," which formalizes the interactions between the two systems, guiding development and troubleshooting.
  • Prioritizing Stability and Testing: They developed the "etcd Robustness Tests," a rigorous framework simulating extreme scenarios to proactively identify inconsistency and correctness issues.

These contributions have fostered a collaborative environment where the entire community can learn from incidents and work together to improve etcd's stability and resilience. The etcd Robustness Tests have been particularly impactful, not only reproducing all the data inconsistencies found in v3.5 but also uncovering other bugs introduced in that version. Furthermore, they've found previously unnoticed bugs that existed in earlier etcd versions, some dating back to the original v3 implementation. These results demonstrate the effectiveness of the robustness tests and highlight how they've made etcd the most reliable it has ever been in the history of the project.


etcd Robustness Tests: Making etcd the Most Reliable It's Ever Been

The "etcd Robustness Tests," inspired by the Jepsen methodology, subject etcd to rigorous simulations of network partitions, node failures, and other real-world disruptions. This ensures etcd's data consistency and correctness even under extreme conditions. These tests have proven remarkably effective, identifying and addressing a variety of issues:

For deeper insights into ensuring etcd's data consistency, Marek Siarkowicz's talk, "On the Hunt for Etcd Data Inconsistencies," offers valuable information about distributed systems testing and the innovative approaches used to build these tests. To foster transparency and collaboration, the etcd community holds bi-weekly meetings to discuss test results, open to engineers, researchers, and other interested parties.


The Kubernetes-etcd Contract: A Partnership Forged in Rigorous Testing

To solidify the Kubernetes-etcd partnership, Google engineers formally defined the implicit contract between the two systems. This shared understanding guided development and troubleshooting, leading to improved testing strategies and ensuring etcd meets Kubernetes' demanding requirements.

When subtle issues were discovered in how Kubernetes utilized etcd watch, the value of this formal contract became clear. These issues could lead to missed events under specific conditions, potentially impacting Kubernetes' operation. In response, Google engineers are actively working to integrate the contract directly into the etcd Robustness Tests to proactively identify and prevent such compatibility issues.


Conclusion: Google's Continued Commitment to etcd and the Cloud-Native Community

Google's ongoing investment in etcd underscores their commitment to the stability and success of the cloud-native ecosystem. Their contributions, along with the wider community's efforts, have made etcd a more reliable and performant foundation for Kubernetes and other critical systems. As the ecosystem evolves, etcd remains a critical linchpin, empowering organizations to build and deploy distributed applications with confidence. We encourage all etcd and Kubernetes contributors to continue their active participation and contribute to the project's ongoing success.

By Marek Siarkowicz – GKE etcd

Batch processing support for Performance Max

What’s New

Starting with Google Ads API v17, BatchJobService supports AssetGroupOperation. With this change you can use batch processing to create and manage entire Performance Max campaigns.

Batch processing is a powerful feature in the Google Ads API that lets you dispatch a set of operations, which might be interdependent, to multiple services without waiting for each operation to complete. Batch processing also provides automatic retries for transient errors, and automatic grouping of operations We have made batch processing available for AssetGroupOperation in response to your feedback to provide another option for working with asset groups asynchronously.

Implementation Details

Using AssetGroupOperation with batch processing for Performance Max campaigns is similar to how you use other operations, with the following special considerations:

When creating asset groups using batch processing, AssetGroupOperation and AssetGroupAssetOperation must be sequential without other operations in between. This is due to how operations are grouped together when processed. You can learn more about the considerations and best practices for using batch processing to create Performance Max campaigns in the Batch processing for Performance Max guide.

Here’s how to create an asset group in a batch job:

  1. Create a MutateOperation containing an AssetGroupOperation. This is no different than creating a MutateOperation using the GoogleAdsService.Mutate service. See the mutating resources guide.
  2. Associate assets with the asset group by creating a MutateOperation containing operations of type AssetGroupAssetOperation for each asset required; the sequential AssetGroupOperation and operations of type AssetGroupAssetOperation must combine to meet applicable minimum asset requirements.
  3. Add the operations of type MutateOperation to the batch job as you would with any other type of operation.
  4. Run the batch job by calling RunBatchJob after adding all operations.

The following resources contain additional information to help you with your integration:

Improving Performance Max integrations Blog Series

This article is part of a series that discusses new and upcoming features that you have been asking for. We’ll cover what’s new and how it differs from the current implementation approach.

Keep an eye out for further updates and improvements on our developer blog, continue providing feedback on Performance Max integrations with the Google Ads API, and as always, contact our team if you need support.

Workshop Reminder

Register today for the Performance Max and the Google Ads API workshop happening on July 17!