Google at APS 2024

Today the 2024 March Meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) kicks off in Minneapolis, MN. A premier conference on topics ranging across physics and related fields, APS 2024 brings together researchers, students, and industry professionals to share their discoveries and build partnerships with the goal of realizing fundamental advances in physics-related sciences and technology.

This year, Google has a strong presence at APS with a booth hosted by the Google Quantum AI team, 50+ talks throughout the conference, and participation in conference organizing activities, special sessions and events. Attending APS 2024 in person? Come visit Google’s Quantum AI booth to learn more about the exciting work we’re doing to solve some of the field’s most interesting challenges.

You can learn more about the latest cutting edge work we are presenting at the conference along with our schedule of booth events below (Googlers listed in bold).

Organizing Committee

Session Chairs include: Aaron Szasz

Booth Activities

This schedule is subject to change. Please visit the Google Quantum AI booth for more information.

Presenter: Matt McEwen
Tue, Mar 5 | 11:00 AM CST

Presenter: Tanuj Khattar
Tue, Mar 5 | 2:30 PM CST

Presenter: Tanuj Khattar
Thu, Mar 7 | 11:00 AM CST

$5M XPRIZE / Google Quantum AI competition to accelerate quantum applications Q&A
Presenter: Ryan Babbush
Thu, Mar 7 | 11:00 AM CST



Certifying highly-entangled states from few single-qubit measurements
Presenter: Hsin-Yuan Huang
Author: Hsin-Yuan Huang
Session A45: New Frontiers in Machine Learning Quantum Physics

Toward high-fidelity analog quantum simulation with superconducting qubits
Presenter: Trond Andersen
Authors: Trond I Andersen, Xiao Mi, Amir H Karamlou, Nikita Astrakhantsev, Andrey Klots, Julia Berndtsson, Andre Petukhov, Dmitry Abanin, Lev B Ioffe, Yu Chen, Vadim Smelyanskiy, Pedram Roushan
Session A51: Applications on Noisy Quantum Hardware I

Measuring circuit errors in context for surface code circuits
Presenter: Dripto M Debroy
Authors: Dripto M Debroy, Jonathan A Gross, Élie Genois, Zhang Jiang
Session B50: Characterizing Noise with QCVV Techniques

Quantum computation of stopping power for inertial fusion target design I: Physics overview and the limits of classical algorithms
Presenter: Andrew D. Baczewski
Authors: Nicholas C. Rubin, Dominic W. Berry, Alina Kononov, Fionn D. Malone, Tanuj Khattar, Alec White, Joonho Lee, Hartmut Neven, Ryan Babbush, Andrew D. Baczewski
Session B51: Heterogeneous Design for Quantum Applications
Link to Paper

Quantum computation of stopping power for inertial fusion target design II: Physics overview and the limits of classical algorithms
Presenter: Nicholas C. Rubin
Authors: Nicholas C. Rubin, Dominic W. Berry, Alina Kononov, Fionn D. Malone, Tanuj Khattar, Alec White, Joonho Lee, Hartmut Neven, Ryan Babbush, Andrew D. Baczewski
Session B51: Heterogeneous Design for Quantum Applications
Link to Paper

Calibrating Superconducting Qubits: From NISQ to Fault Tolerance
Presenter: Sabrina S Hong
Author: Sabrina S Hong
Session B56: From NISQ to Fault Tolerance

Measurement and feedforward induced entanglement negativity transition
Presenter: Ramis Movassagh
Authors: Alireza Seif, Yu-Xin Wang, Ramis Movassagh, Aashish A. Clerk
Session B31: Measurement Induced Criticality in Many-Body Systems
Link to Paper

Effective quantum volume, fidelity and computational cost of noisy quantum processing experiments
Presenter: Salvatore Mandra
Authors: Kostyantyn Kechedzhi, Sergei V Isakov, Salvatore Mandra, Benjamin Villalonga, X. Mi, Sergio Boixo, Vadim Smelyanskiy
Session B52: Quantum Algorithms and Complexity
Link to Paper

Accurate thermodynamic tables for solids using Machine Learning Interaction Potentials and Covariance of Atomic Positions
Presenter: Mgcini K Phuthi
Authors: Mgcini K Phuthi, Yang Huang, Michael Widom, Ekin D Cubuk, Venkat Viswanathan
Session D60: Machine Learning of Molecules and Materials: Chemical Space and Dynamics


IN-Situ Pulse Envelope Characterization Technique (INSPECT)
Presenter: Zhang Jiang
Authors: Zhang Jiang, Jonathan A Gross, Élie Genois
Session F50: Advanced Randomized Benchmarking and Gate Calibration

Characterizing two-qubit gates with dynamical decoupling
Presenter: Jonathan A Gross
Authors: Jonathan A Gross, Zhang Jiang, Élie Genois, Dripto M Debroy, Ze-Pei Cian*, Wojciech Mruczkiewicz
Session F50: Advanced Randomized Benchmarking and Gate Calibration

Statistical physics of regression with quadratic models
Presenter: Blake Bordelon
Authors: Blake Bordelon, Cengiz Pehlevan, Yasaman Bahri
Session EE01: V: Statistical and Nonlinear Physics II

Improved state preparation for first-quantized simulation of electronic structure
Presenter: William J Huggins
Authors: William J Huggins, Oskar Leimkuhler, Torin F Stetina, Birgitta Whaley
Session G51: Hamiltonian Simulation

Controlling large superconducting quantum processors
Presenter: Paul V. Klimov
Authors: Paul V. Klimov, Andreas Bengtsson, Chris Quintana, Alexandre Bourassa, Sabrina Hong, Andrew Dunsworth, Kevin J. Satzinger, William P. Livingston, Volodymyr Sivak, Murphy Y. Niu, Trond I. Andersen, Yaxing Zhang, Desmond Chik, Zijun Chen, Charles Neill, Catherine Erickson, Alejandro Grajales Dau, Anthony Megrant, Pedram Roushan, Alexander N. Korotkov, Julian Kelly, Vadim Smelyanskiy, Yu Chen, Hartmut Neven
Session G30: Commercial Applications of Quantum Computing)
Link to Paper

Gaussian boson sampling: Determining quantum advantage
Presenter: Peter D Drummond
Authors: Peter D Drummond, Alex Dellios, Ned Goodman, Margaret D Reid, Ben Villalonga
Session G50: Quantum Characterization, Verification, and Validation II

Attention to complexity III: learning the complexity of random quantum circuit states
Presenter: Hyejin Kim
Authors: Hyejin Kim, Yiqing Zhou, Yichen Xu, Chao Wan, Jin Zhou, Yuri D Lensky, Jesse Hoke, Pedram Roushan, Kilian Q Weinberger, Eun-Ah Kim
Session G50: Quantum Characterization, Verification, and Validation II

Balanced coupling in superconducting circuits
Presenter: Daniel T Sank
Authors: Daniel T Sank, Sergei V Isakov, Mostafa Khezri, Juan Atalaya
Session K48: Strongly Driven Superconducting Systems

Resource estimation of Fault Tolerant algorithms using Qᴜᴀʟᴛʀᴀɴ
Presenter: Tanuj Khattar
Author: Tanuj Khattar
Session K49: Algorithms and Implementations on Near-Term Quantum Computers


Discovering novel quantum dynamics with superconducting qubits
Presenter: Pedram Roushan
Author: Pedram Roushan
Session M24: Analog Quantum Simulations Across Platforms

Deciphering Tumor Heterogeneity in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer: The Crucial Role of Dynamic Cell-Cell and Cell-Matrix Interactions
Presenter: Susan Leggett
Authors: Susan Leggett, Ian Wong, Celeste Nelson, Molly Brennan, Mohak Patel, Christian Franck, Sophia Martinez, Joe Tien, Lena Gamboa, Thomas Valentin, Amanda Khoo, Evelyn K Williams
Session M27: Mechanics of Cells and Tissues II

Toward implementation of protected charge-parity qubits
Presenter: Abigail Shearrow
Authors: Abigail Shearrow, Matthew Snyder, Bradley G Cole, Kenneth R Dodge, Yebin Liu, Andrey Klots, Lev B Ioffe, Britton L Plourde, Robert McDermott
Session N48: Unconventional Superconducting Qubits

Electronic capacitance in tunnel junctions for protected charge-parity qubits
Presenter: Bradley G Cole
Authors: Bradley G Cole, Kenneth R Dodge, Yebin Liu, Abigail Shearrow, Matthew Snyder, Andrey Klots, Lev B Ioffe, Robert McDermott, B.L.T. Plourde
Session N48: Unconventional Superconducting Qubits

Overcoming leakage in quantum error correction
Presenter: Kevin C. Miao
Authors: Kevin C. Miao, Matt McEwen, Juan Atalaya, Dvir Kafri, Leonid P. Pryadko, Andreas Bengtsson, Alex Opremcak, Kevin J. Satzinger, Zijun Chen, Paul V. Klimov, Chris Quintana, Rajeev Acharya, Kyle Anderson, Markus Ansmann, Frank Arute, Kunal Arya, Abraham Asfaw, Joseph C. Bardin, Alexandre Bourassa, Jenna Bovaird, Leon Brill, Bob B. Buckley, David A. Buell, Tim Burger, Brian Burkett, Nicholas Bushnell, Juan Campero, Ben Chiaro, Roberto Collins, Paul Conner, Alexander L. Crook, Ben Curtin, Dripto M. Debroy, Sean Demura, Andrew Dunsworth, Catherine Erickson, Reza Fatemi, Vinicius S. Ferreira, Leslie Flores Burgos, Ebrahim Forati, Austin G. Fowler, Brooks Foxen, Gonzalo Garcia, William Giang, Craig Gidney, Marissa Giustina, Raja Gosula, Alejandro Grajales Dau, Jonathan A. Gross, Michael C. Hamilton, Sean D. Harrington, Paula Heu, Jeremy Hilton, Markus R. Hoffmann, Sabrina Hong, Trent Huang, Ashley Huff, Justin Iveland, Evan Jeffrey, Zhang Jiang, Cody Jones, Julian Kelly, Seon Kim, Fedor Kostritsa, John Mark Kreikebaum, David Landhuis, Pavel Laptev, Lily Laws, Kenny Lee, Brian J. Lester, Alexander T. Lill, Wayne Liu, Aditya Locharla, Erik Lucero, Steven Martin, Anthony Megrant, Xiao Mi, Shirin Montazeri, Alexis Morvan, Ofer Naaman, Matthew Neeley, Charles Neill, Ani Nersisyan, Michael Newman, Jiun How Ng, Anthony Nguyen, Murray Nguyen, Rebecca Potter, Charles Rocque, Pedram Roushan, Kannan Sankaragomathi, Christopher Schuster, Michael J. Shearn, Aaron Shorter, Noah Shutty, Vladimir Shvarts, Jindra Skruzny, W. Clarke Smith, George Sterling, Marco Szalay, Douglas Thor, Alfredo Torres, Theodore White, Bryan W. K. Woo, Z. Jamie Yao, Ping Yeh, Juhwan Yoo, Grayson Young, Adam Zalcman, Ningfeng Zhu, Nicholas Zobrist, Hartmut Neven, Vadim Smelyanskiy, Andre Petukhov, Alexander N. Korotkov, Daniel Sank, Yu Chen
Session N51: Quantum Error Correction Code Performance and Implementation I
Link to Paper

Modeling the performance of the surface code with non-uniform error distribution: Part 1
Presenter: Yuri D Lensky
Authors: Yuri D Lensky, Volodymyr Sivak, Kostyantyn Kechedzhi, Igor Aleiner
Session N51: Quantum Error Correction Code Performance and Implementation I

Modeling the performance of the surface code with non-uniform error distribution: Part 2
Presenter: Volodymyr Sivak
Authors: Volodymyr Sivak, Michael Newman, Cody Jones, Henry Schurkus, Dvir Kafri, Yuri D Lensky, Paul Klimov, Kostyantyn Kechedzhi, Vadim Smelyanskiy
Session N51: Quantum Error Correction Code Performance and Implementation I

Highly optimized tensor network contractions for the simulation of classically challenging quantum computations
Presenter: Benjamin Villalonga
Author: Benjamin Villalonga
Session Q51: Co-evolution of Quantum Classical Algorithms

Teaching modern quantum computing concepts using hands-on open-source software at all levels
Presenter: Abraham Asfaw
Author: Abraham Asfaw
Session Q61: Teaching Quantum Information at All Levels II


New circuits and an open source decoder for the color code
Presenter: Craig Gidney
Authors: Craig Gidney, Cody Jones
Session S51: Quantum Error Correction Code Performance and Implementation II
Link to Paper

Performing Hartree-Fock many-body physics calculations with large language models
Presenter: Eun-Ah Kim
Authors: Eun-Ah Kim, Haining Pan, Nayantara Mudur, William Taranto, Subhashini Venugopalan, Yasaman Bahri, Michael P Brenner
Session S18: Data Science, AI and Machine Learning in Physics I

New methods for reducing resource overhead in the surface code
Presenter: Michael Newman
Authors: Craig M Gidney, Michael Newman, Peter Brooks, Cody Jones
Session S51: Quantum Error Correction Code Performance and Implementation II
Link to Paper

Challenges and opportunities for applying quantum computers to drug design
Presenter: Raffaele Santagati
Authors: Raffaele Santagati, Alan Aspuru-Guzik, Ryan Babbush, Matthias Degroote, Leticia Gonzalez, Elica Kyoseva, Nikolaj Moll, Markus Oppel, Robert M. Parrish, Nicholas C. Rubin, Michael Streif, Christofer S. Tautermann, Horst Weiss, Nathan Wiebe, Clemens Utschig-Utschig
Session S49: Advances in Quantum Algorithms for Near-Term Applications
Link to Paper

Dispatches from Google's hunt for super-quadratic quantum advantage in new applications
Presenter: Ryan Babbush
Author: Ryan Babbush
Session T45: Recent Advances in Quantum Algorithms

Qubit as a reflectometer
Presenter: Yaxing Zhang
Authors: Yaxing Zhang, Benjamin Chiaro
Session T48: Superconducting Fabrication, Packaging, & Validation

Random-matrix theory of measurement-induced phase transitions in nonlocal Floquet quantum circuits
Presenter: Aleksei Khindanov
Authors: Aleksei Khindanov, Lara Faoro, Lev Ioffe, Igor Aleiner
Session W14: Measurement-Induced Phase Transitions

Continuum limit of finite density many-body ground states with MERA
Presenter: Subhayan Sahu
Authors: Subhayan Sahu, Guifré Vidal
Session W58: Extreme-Scale Computational Science Discovery in Fluid Dynamics and Related Disciplines II

Dynamics of magnetization at infinite temperature in a Heisenberg spin chain
Presenter: Eliott Rosenberg
Authors: Eliott Rosenberg, Trond Andersen, Rhine Samajdar, Andre Petukhov, Jesse Hoke*, Dmitry Abanin, Andreas Bengtsson, Ilya Drozdov, Catherine Erickson, Paul Klimov, Xiao Mi, Alexis Morvan, Matthew Neeley, Charles Neill, Rajeev Acharya, Richard Allen, Kyle Anderson, Markus Ansmann, Frank Arute, Kunal Arya, Abraham Asfaw, Juan Atalaya, Joseph Bardin, A. Bilmes, Gina Bortoli, Alexandre Bourassa, Jenna Bovaird, Leon Brill, Michael Broughton, Bob B. Buckley, David Buell, Tim Burger, Brian Burkett, Nicholas Bushnell, Juan Campero, Hung-Shen Chang, Zijun Chen, Benjamin Chiaro, Desmond Chik, Josh Cogan, Roberto Collins, Paul Conner, William Courtney, Alexander Crook, Ben Curtin, Dripto Debroy, Alexander Del Toro Barba, Sean Demura, Agustin Di Paolo, Andrew Dunsworth, Clint Earle, E. Farhi, Reza Fatemi, Vinicius Ferreira, Leslie Flores, Ebrahim Forati, Austin Fowler, Brooks Foxen, Gonzalo Garcia, Élie Genois, William Giang, Craig Gidney, Dar Gilboa, Marissa Giustina, Raja Gosula, Alejandro Grajales Dau, Jonathan Gross, Steve Habegger, Michael Hamilton, Monica Hansen, Matthew Harrigan, Sean Harrington, Paula Heu, Gordon Hill, Markus Hoffmann, Sabrina Hong, Trent Huang, Ashley Huff, William Huggins, Lev Ioffe, Sergei Isakov, Justin Iveland, Evan Jeffrey, Zhang Jiang, Cody Jones, Pavol Juhas, D. Kafri, Tanuj Khattar, Mostafa Khezri, Mária Kieferová, Seon Kim, Alexei Kitaev, Andrey Klots, Alexander Korotkov, Fedor Kostritsa, John Mark Kreikebaum, David Landhuis, Pavel Laptev, Kim Ming Lau, Lily Laws, Joonho Lee, Kenneth Lee, Yuri Lensky, Brian Lester, Alexander Lill, Wayne Liu, William P. Livingston, A. Locharla, Salvatore Mandrà, Orion Martin, Steven Martin, Jarrod McClean, Matthew McEwen, Seneca Meeks, Kevin Miao, Amanda Mieszala, Shirin Montazeri, Ramis Movassagh, Wojciech Mruczkiewicz, Ani Nersisyan, Michael Newman, Jiun How Ng, Anthony Nguyen, Murray Nguyen, M. Niu, Thomas O'Brien, Seun Omonije, Alex Opremcak, Rebecca Potter, Leonid Pryadko, Chris Quintana, David Rhodes, Charles Rocque, N. Rubin, Negar Saei, Daniel Sank, Kannan Sankaragomathi, Kevin Satzinger, Henry Schurkus, Christopher Schuster, Michael Shearn, Aaron Shorter, Noah Shutty, Vladimir Shvarts, Volodymyr Sivak, Jindra Skruzny, Clarke Smith, Rolando Somma, George Sterling, Doug Strain, Marco Szalay, Douglas Thor, Alfredo Torres, Guifre Vidal, Benjamin Villalonga, Catherine Vollgraff Heidweiller, Theodore White, Bryan Woo, Cheng Xing, Jamie Yao, Ping Yeh, Juhwan Yoo, Grayson Young, Adam Zalcman, Yaxing Zhang, Ningfeng Zhu, Nicholas Zobrist, Hartmut Neven, Ryan Babbush, Dave Bacon, Sergio Boixo, Jeremy Hilton, Erik Lucero, Anthony Megrant, Julian Kelly, Yu Chen, Vadim Smelyanskiy, Vedika Khemani, Sarang Gopalakrishnan, Tomaž Prosen, Pedram Roushan
Session W50: Quantum Simulation of Many-Body Physics
Link to Paper

The fast multipole method on a quantum computer
Presenter: Kianna Wan
Authors: Kianna Wan, Dominic W Berry, Ryan Babbush
Session W50: Quantum Simulation of Many-Body Physics


The quantum computing industry and protecting national security: what tools will work?
Presenter: Kate Weber
Author: Kate Weber
Session Y43: Industry, Innovation, and National Security: Finding the Right Balance

Novel charging effects in the fluxonium qubit
Presenter: Agustin Di Paolo
Authors: Agustin Di Paolo, Kyle Serniak, Andrew J Kerman, William D Oliver
Session Y46: Fluxonium-Based Superconducting Quibits

Microwave Engineering of Parametric Interactions in Superconducting Circuits
Presenter: Ofer Naaman
Author: Ofer Naaman
Session Z46: Broadband Parametric Amplifiers and Circulators

Linear spin wave theory of large magnetic unit cells using the Kernel Polynomial Method
Presenter: Harry Lane
Authors: Harry Lane, Hao Zhang, David A Dahlbom, Sam Quinn, Rolando D Somma, Martin P Mourigal, Cristian D Batista, Kipton Barros
Session Z62: Cooperative Phenomena, Theory

*Work done while at Google

Source: Google AI Blog

Speed on Business-Trimming with Speed

Our small business blog series Speed on Business relaunches featuring Thomas Powell, owner of Tru Skills Barber Shop, a barber shop/ clothing store (SnSlivelife) in Atlanta, who also owns a convenience store called The Village Bodega. He shared with us how access to fast reliable internet has improved service and impacted customer satisfaction in both of his businesses and helped him build on that success.

At Tru Skills Barber Shop, we pride ourselves in putting smiles on every customer that walks through our doors. I opened the shop in 2017, inspired by the understanding and ideology that everyone should look and also feel the effects of a good haircut in a safe and professional environment.


We are located in the Buckhead Optimist Lofts in downtown Atlanta- ready to serve customers with the best hair cuts, hairstyles and our urban motivational wear clothing and accessories. 

Our experienced professional barbers/ stylist engage in detailed discussions to understand your hair goals, preferences, and the look you’re aiming for. Then using a combination of skills, top tier products and styling tools create amazing haircuts and hairstyles. Our customers always feel valued and satisfied as their hair is transformed into an art form- at the end of the appointment. 

Barber shops historically serve a unique social function for community gathering, conversations and camaraderie in the black community. We showcase and sell our SnSLivelife urban wear products at the shop and host events such as podcast interviews to discuss important topics that benefit the community. The motivational clothing brand was initially curated in 2003 to promote the importance of taking struggles and creating a strong powerful life. The two businesses go hand in hand- creating a one stop shop to look and feel good.

An important factor to achieving all this, is having reliable internet. I switched over to Google Fiber four years ago, as soon service was available in my area- and I have been with them ever since. Prior to switching over to GFiber, I experienced issues with download speed and Wi-Fi latency with the internet service I previously had in the shop.

Now, with GFiber internet, booking appointments has been seamless. Customers can easily schedule their preferred time slots with no delay. Credit card transactions are processed swiftly, making the payment process smoother and more efficient. We often have several customers come in for appointments at the same time, and they can all enjoy uninterrupted streaming of their favorite shows or music on their devices or on our tv monitors during their appointments. 

Having reliable and fast internet has been a game-changer for us. The speed and reliability we’ve experienced have not only enhanced our operational efficiency but have also elevated the overall customer experience. Customers give us great reviews for having a premium grooming and shopping experience from start to finish, and our internet is an integral part of that experience.

So come on out and visit us anytime you are in the Atlanta metro area. In fact, if you bring this blog, you can get 10 percent off our products and services this month.

Posted by, Thomas Powell, Owner & Designer at Tru Skills Barber Shop/ SnS Live Life Clothing

Google Workspace Updates Weekly Recap – March 1, 2024

3 New updates

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.

Playback improvements to videos uploaded on Google Drive 
We’re enabling the generation and playback of Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH) video transcodes for all new videos uploaded to Google Drive. DASH transcodes provide adaptive bitrate playback, which allows users to receive higher or lower resolution playback based on aspects like their local network quality. As a result of this change, you’ll also notice: 
  • Improvements in join time (the time it takes from clicking play to actually starting playback) 
  • A reduction in re-buffering, both in normal playback as well as during playback at higher speeds 
While this feature applies to all new videos uploaded to Drive, existing videos in Drive will be updated by the end of the year. | Rolling out to Rapid Release domains and Scheduled Release domains now. | Available to Google Workspace customers, Google Workspace Individual subscribers, and users with personal Google accounts. 

Enhancing search within the Google Drive app 
We’re improving Google Drive’s search experience on iOS devices (with Android coming soon) by: 
  • Simplifying how you access query filters by introducing filter categories that are accessible directly below the search bar and include filters for File Type, Owners and Last modified. 
  • Showing you relevant query filters as you type your query, enabling you to easily select a filter and saving you the time and effort of typing out the full search. 
  • Adding the option to further refine your search after reaching the search results page. 
These updates are available now to Google Workspace customers, Google Workspace Individual subscribers, and users with personal Google accounts using iOS devices. | We will provide an update when this is available on Android devices. | Learn more about finding files in Google Drive

Further extending long running queries within Connected Sheets 
Last year, we extended the timeout time from 5 minutes to 10 minutes for BigQuery and Looker. Now, the timeout time has increased to 20-30 minutes, and starting this week Connected Sheet users can view the status of a query and easily cancel it on Google Sheets. In addition to the ability to analyze data from queries that scan even larger data sets in Sheets, we hope these increased user controls give you even more oversight, especially in cases where queries might be taking a while to complete. | Rolling out to Rapid Release domains and Scheduled Release domains now. | Available to Google Workspace customers, Google Workspace Individual subscribers, and users with personal Google accounts. | Learn more about Connected Sheets for Looker and Analyze & refresh BigQuery data in Google Sheets using Connected Sheets.

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.

Now generally available: Import and convert sensitive Excel files into client-side encrypted Google Sheets 
You can now import and convert sensitive Excel files into Google Sheets with client-side encryption. | Available to Google Workspace Enterprise Plus, Education Plus, and Education Standard customers only. | Learn more about working with encrypted files in Sheets. 

Easily identify which unread threads are most relevant to you in Google Chat 
With multiple threads across numerous spaces, we know it can be difficult to identify which unread threads are most relevant to you. In order to provide you with more context upfront, you will now see participant avatars for unread threads in the conversation view. Without having to click to open the thread side panel, it will now be much easier to decide which threads to read and reply to. | Learn more about participant avatars for unread threads in Chat. 

Available in open beta: the Groups Admin role can now be provisioned for specific group types 
The Groups Admin role can now be assigned for security groups or non-security groups. Previously, those with the Groups Admin role had access to all groups within an organization. This change gives administrators more granular delegation of group admin responsibilities, helping limit access to the most sensitive groups to only those who absolutely need it. | Learn more about the beta for the Groups Admin role. 

New ways to annotate Google Docs 
We’re excited to announce a new feature, markups in Google Docs, which gives you more flexibility when providing feedback in a document. The new markups experience lets you add handwritten annotations to documents with a stylus or your finger when using an Android device. | Learn more about markups in Docs. 

Conduct direct 1:1 calls with people outside your video calling network on Google Meet mobile 
Earlier this year, we introduced cloud-encrypted 1:1 video calls between users in the same domain using the Meet mobile app. In the coming weeks, users from outside of your domain will be able to initiate 1:1 video calls with your users and vice versa. Admins will be able to pre-configure this functionality as on or off for their users with a new admin control. | Learn more about 1:1 calling using Google Meet mobile. 

Easily manage and secure your school’s accounts and mobile devices centrally in Google Admin console with the Endpoint Education Upgrade 
This year, we announced Endpoint Education Upgrade, which adds enterprise endpoint management features to your Google Workspace for Education edition. Using endpoint management, admins can better manage and secure the phones and tablets used across their school directly from the Admin console. | Available to Education Standard and Education Plus only. | Learn more about the Endpoint Education Upgrade. 

Set client-side encryption as the default mode for new emails, events, and files on mobile 
Admins can now set client-side encryption (CSE) to be on by default on Android and iOS for: newly drafted Gmail messages and replies, newly created Google Calendar events, and newly uploaded Google Drive files. | Available to Workspace Enterprise Plus customers only. | Learn more about client-side encryption default mode.

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).  

Dev Channel Update for ChromeOS/ChromeOS Flex

The Dev channel is being updated to 123.0.6312.18 (Platform version: 15786.10.0) for most ChromeOS devices. This build contains a number of bug fixes and security updates.

If you find new issues, please let us know one of the following ways

  1. File a bug
  2. Visit our ChromeOS communities
    1. General: Chromebook Help Community
    2. Beta Specific: ChromeOS Beta Help Community
  3. Report an issue or send feedback on Chrome

Interested in switching channels? Find out how.

Daniel Gagnon,

Google ChromeOS 

Chrome Dev for Android Update

Hi everyone! We've just released Chrome Dev 124 (124.0.6328.0) 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.

Erhu Akpobaro
Google Chrome

Set client-side encryption as the default mode for new emails, events, and files on mobile

What’s changing 

Admins can now set client-side encryption (CSE) to be on by default on Android and iOS for: 
  • Newly drafted Gmail messages and replies 
  • Newly created Google Calendar events 
  • Newly uploaded Google Drive files

Client-side encryption in Gmail

Admins can now set client-side encryption as the default mode for users on both web and mobile that regularly handle sensitive data. This allows organizations the flexibility to meet their compliance and regulatory requirements and reduce the burden on change management programs. Each new email, event and uploaded file on mobile is automatically client-side encrypted with customer managed keys meaning the user is compliant with their org’s policy from the outset. For organizations with strict regulatory or sovereignty requirements, this can help them close compliance gaps by defaulting users to the preferred mode for handling sensitive data while on the go. 

For more information, check out our original announcement.

Getting started

Rollout pace


  • Google Workspace Assured Controls is available as an add-on to Google Workspace Enterprise Plus customers only. For more information, contact your Google account representative.


Google Ads Ad Groups Start Pausing March 11 due to Low Activity

Starting March 11, 2024 we are rolling out a permanent change that automatically pauses ad groups that were created at least 13 months ago and have not had impressions in the past 13 months. The rollout is expected to be complete for all production Google Ads accounts by April 30, 2024. This is being done to improve Google Ads experience for advertisers.

Advertisers who are affected by this change will be able to unpause ad groups if they still need them. However, we recommend that advertisers review their ad groups and only unpause the ones you expect to get impressions in the coming weeks. Unpaused ad groups will be automatically paused again if they don’t receive any impressions over the next 3 months.

What do I need to change?

No code changes are necessary, but Google Ads API developers can make changes to improve the transparency to their advertisers as to why the ad_group.status is set to PAUSED. If you keep local copies of Google Ads information in your database, you can keep them in sync by querying change history.

You can query the change event to see if the ad group status has changed with the following query for all API versions. If the change_event.changed_fields contains status, then this is an ad group that Google paused. Make sure to replace INSERT_YYYY-MMM-DD with your own date range.

SELECT ad_group.status, ad_group.resource_name,,, change_event.change_date_time, 
change_event.new_resource, change_event.old_resource, 
change_event.changed_fields, change_event.change_resource_type, 
change_event.client_type, change_event.user_email, change_event.ad_group 
FROM change_event 
WHERE change_event.client_type = 'OTHER' 
AND change_event.user_email = 'Low activity system bulk change'  
AND change_event.change_resource_type = 'AD_GROUP' 
AND ad_group.status = 'PAUSED' 
AND change_event.change_date_time >= 'INSERT_YYYY-MMM-DD' 
AND change_event.change_date_time <= 'INSERT_YYYY-MMM-DD' 
ORDER BY change_event.change_date_time DESC LIMIT 50

An example of a change event where the ad group has been paused by Google would look similar to:

      "adGroup": {
        "resourceName": "customers/1234567890/adGroups/5432154321",
        "status": "PAUSED",
        "id": "5432154321",
        "name": "Your ad group name"
      "changeEvent": {
        "resourceName": "customers/1234567890/changeEvents/1708648783892610~5~0",
        "changeDateTime": "2024-02-22 16:39:43.89261",
        "changeResourceType": "AD_GROUP",
        "clientType": "OTHER",
        "userEmail": "Low activity system bulk change",
        "oldResource": {
          "adGroup": {
            "status": "ENABLED"
        "newResource": {
          "adGroup": {
            "status": "PAUSED"
        "changedFields": "status",
        "adGroup": "customers/1234567890/adGroups/5432154321"

Starting with v16, the API returns the reason as to why the ad group was paused with new fields. You can adjust the change history query to include these fields.

API Version Query Ad Group Changes
v16.1+ Starting in v16.1, the ad_group.primary_status_reasons will contain AD_GROUP_PAUSED_DUE_TO_LOW_ACTIVITY if ad_group.primary_status is set to PAUSED by Google.
v16 Starting in v16, the ad_group.primary_status_reasons will contain AD_GROUP_PAUSED if ad_group.primary_status is set to PAUSED by Google.

You will still be able to update your ad groups and make changes while they are in a paused state.

Where can I get support?

If you have questions, please reach out to us on the support form or at [email protected].

Android Studio Iguana is stable

Posted by Neville Sicard-Gregory – Senior Product Manager, Android Studio

Today we are launching Android Studio Iguana 🦎 in the stable release channel to make it easier for you to create high quality apps. With features like Version Control System support in App Quality Insights, to the new built-in support to create Baseline Profiles for Jetpack Compose apps, this version should enhance your development workflow as you optimize your app. Download the latest version today!

Check out the list of new features in Android Studio Iguana below, organized by key developer flows.


Version control system integration in App Quality Insights

When your release build is several commits behind your local source code, line numbers in Firebase Crashlytics crash reports can easily go stale, making it more difficult to accurately navigate from crash to code when using App Quality Insights. If you’re using git for your version control, there’s now a solution to this problem.

When you build your app using Android Gradle Plugin 8.3 or later and the latest version of the Crashlytics SDK, AGP includes git commit information as part of the build artifact that is published to the Play Store. When a crash occurs, Crashlytics attaches the git information to the report, and Android Studio Iguana uses this information to compare your local checkout with the exact code that caused the crash from your git history.

After you build your app using Android Gradle Plugin 8.3 or higher with the latest Crashlytics SDK, and publish it, new crash reports in the App Quality Insights window let you either navigate to the line of code in your current git checkout or view a diff report between the current checkout and the version of your app codebase that generated the crash report. Learn more.

app quality insights with version control system integration in Android Studio
App Quality Insights with Version Control System Integration

View Crashlytics crash variants in App Quality Insights

app quality insights in Android Studio
Crash variants in App Quality Insights

Today, when you select a Crashlytics issue in App Quality Insights, you see aggregated data from events that share identical points of failure in your code, but may have different root causes. To aid in your analysis of the root causes of a crash, Crashlytics now groups events that share very similar stack traces as issue variants. You can now view events in each variant of a crash report in App Quality Insights by selecting a variant from the dropdown. Alternatively, you can view aggregate information for all variants by selecting All.


Jetpack Compose UI Check

To help developers build adaptive and accessible UI in Jetpack Compose, Iguana introduces a new UI Check mode in Compose Preview. This feature works similarly to visual linting and accessibility checks integrations for views. Activate Compose UI check mode to automatically audit your Compose UI and check for adaptive and accessibility issues across different screen sizes, such as text that's stretched on large screens or low color contrast. The mode highlights issues found in different preview configurations and lists them in the problems panel.

Try it out by clicking the UI Check icon in Compose Preview.

UI Check entry point in Compose Preview
UI Check entry point in Compose Preview

UI Check results of Reply App in Compose Preview
UI Check results of Reply App in Compose Preview

Progressive rendering for Compose Preview

Compose Previews in Android Studio Iguana now implement progressive rendering, allowing you to iterate on your designs with less loading time. This feature automatically lowers the detail of out-of-view previews to boost performance, meaning you can scroll through even the most complex layouts without lag.

moving image showing progressive rendering in Compose
Progressive Rendering in Compose


Intellij Platform Update

Android Studio Iguana includes the IntelliJ 2023.2 platform release, which has many new features such as support for GitLab, text search in Search Everywhere, color customization updates to the new UI and a host of new improvements. Learn more.


Baseline Profiles module wizard

Many times when you run an Android app for the first time on a device, the app can appear to have a slow start time because the operating system has to run just-in-time compilation. To improve this situation, you can create Baseline Profiles that help Android improve aspects like app start-up time, scrolling, and navigation speed in your apps. We are simplifying the process of setting up a Baseline Profile by offering a new Baseline Profile Generator template in the new module wizard (File > New > New Module). This template configures your project to support Baseline Profiles and employs the latest Baseline Profiles Gradle plugin, which simplifies setup by automating required tasks with a single Gradle command.

Baseline Profile module wizard - Create New Module
Baseline Profile Generator

Furthermore, the template creates a run configuration that enables you to generate a Baseline Profile with a single click from the "Select Run/Debug Configuration" dropdown list.

Generate Baseline Profile drop-down menu
Generate Baseline Profile drop-down menu

Test against configuration changes with the Espresso Device API

Synchronous testing of window size changes using Espresso Device API
Synchronous testing of window size changes using Espresso Device API

Catch layout problems early and ensure your app delivers a seamless user experience across devices and orientations. The Espresso Device API simulates how your app reacts to configuration changes—such as screen rotation, device folding/unfolding, or window size changes—in a synchronous way on virtual devices. These APIs help you rigorously test and preemptively fix issues that frustrate users so you build more reliable Android apps with confidence. These APIs are built on top of new gRPC endpoints introduced in Android Emulator 34.2, which enables secure bidirectional data streaming and precise sensor simulation.

Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro devices in Android Emulator (34.2)

Test your app on the latest Google Pixel device configurations with the updated Android Virtual Device definitions in Android Studio. With Android Studio Iguana and the latest Android Emulator (34.2+), access the Pixel Fold, Pixel Tablet, Pixel 7a, Pixel 8, and Pixel 8 Pro. Validating your app on these virtual devices is a convenient way to ensure that your app reacts correctly to a variety of screen sizes and device types.

New Pixel Android Virtual Devices in the Android Emulator
New Pixel Android Virtual Devices in the Android Emulator.


Support for Gradle Version Catalogs

Android Studio Iguana streamlines dependency management with its enhanced support for TOML-based Gradle Version Catalogs. You'll benefit from:

    • Centralized dependency management: Keep all your project's dependencies organized in a single file for easier editing and updating.
    • Time-saving features: Enjoy seamless code completion, smart navigation within your code, and the ability to quickly edit project dependencies through the convenient Project Structure dialog.
    • Increased efficiency: Say goodbye to scattered dependencies and manual version updates. Version catalogs give you a more manageable, efficient development workflow.

New projects will automatically use version catalogs for dependency management. If you have an existing project, consider making the switch to benefit from these workflow improvements. To learn how to update to Gradle version catalogs, see Migrate your build to version catalogs.

Additional SDK insights: policy issues

Android Studio Iguana now proactively alerts you to potential Google Play policy violations through integration with the Google Play SDK Index. Easily see Play policy issues right in your build files and Project Structure Dialog. This streamlines compliance, helping you avoid unexpected publishing delays or rejections on the Google Play Store.

Android Studio's project structure dialog showing a warning from the Google Play SDK Index
A warning from the Google Play SDK Index in Android Studio’s Project Structure dialog

Android Studio compileSdk version support

Using Android Studio to develop a project that has an unsupported compileSdk version can lead to unexpected errors because older versions of Android Studio may not handle the new Android SDK correctly. To avoid these issues, Android Studio Iguana now explicitly warns you if your project’s intended compileSdk is for a newer version that it does not officially support. If available, it also suggests moving to a version of Android Studio that supports the compileSdk used by your project. Keep in mind that upgrading Android Studio might also require that you upgrade AGP.


To recap, Android Studio Iguana 🦎includes the following enhancements and features:




    • Intellij platform update



Download Android Studio Today

Download Android Studio Iguana 🦎 today and take advantage of the latest features to streamline your workflow and help you make better apps. Your feedback is essential – check known issues, report bugs, suggest improvements, and be part of our vibrant community on LinkedIn Medium, YouTube, or X (formerly known as Twitter). Let's build the future of Android apps together!