Beta Channel Update for ChromeOS/ChromeOS Flex

 The Beta channel is being updated to OS version: 15886.40.0, Browser version: 126.0.6478.120 for most ChromeOS devices.

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
  4. Interested in switching channels? Find out how.

Cole Brown,

Google ChromeOS

Google Workspace Updates Weekly Recap – June 21, 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.


Now generally available: Build AppSheet automations using Google Forms 
AppSheet helps users automate manual workflows by integrating with data sources like Google Drive, Chat and Sheets, and earlier this year we announced its integration with Google Forms in beta. This week, we’re excited to announce this is now generally available. | Roll out to Rapid Release domains and Scheduled Release domains is complete. | Available to Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Enterprise Essentials Plus, Education Standard, Education Plus and the Teaching & Learning Upgrade, Frontline Starter, Frontline Standard, AppSheet Starter, AppSheet Core, AppSheet Enterprise Standard, and AppSheet Enterprise Plus customers only. | Learn more about AppSheet's integration with Google Forms and building your first app and automation using Google Forms. 


The ability to add and remove Google Groups as space members using the Google Chat API is now generally available 
Last year, we announced the ability to create spaces, memberships, group chats, and more using the Google Chat API. This week, we’re excited to introduce the option for developers to add and remove Google Groups as space members using the Google Chat API. | Rolling out now to Rapid Release domains and Scheduled Release domains. | Available to all Google Workspace customers. | Learn more about accessing Chat APIs through the Google Chat API. 


Comments and action items in client-side encrypted Google Docs is now generally available 
You can now collaborate with others on client-side encrypted Google Docs to add, edit, reply, filter, or delete comments. You can also assign action items to yourself or others. This functionality was previously available in open beta — see our original announcement for complete details. | Rolling out to Rapid Release domains now; launch to Scheduled Release domains planned for July 2, 2024. | Available to Google Workspace Enterprise Plus, Education Standard and Education Plus customers. | Learn more about working with encrypted files in Drive, Docs, Sheets & Slides.


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.


Insert images into practice sets in Google Classroom 
Teachers can now import images, like graphs, charts or photos, into practice sets using files from Google Drive or directly from their computer. | Learn more about inserting images into practice sets. 

Help your students learn to read with Read Along in Classroom 
We’re introducing Read Along in Google Classroom, a new feature that helps students build their independent reading skills by enabling teachers to assign differentiated reading activities, based on Lexile® measure, grade level, or phonics skills. | Learn more about Read Along in Google Classroom. 

External users can now securely collaborate on client-side encrypted files 
We’re expanding visitor sharing, a feature that provides secure, pincode-based collaboration over sensitive data with people, to include client-side encrypted files. This allows users to securely collaborate with external partners on sensitive Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides files, while maintaining the confidentiality of the information with the granular control of encryption keys, identity verification and user permissions. | Learn more about visitor sharing. 

Create interactive YouTube assignments in Google Classroom more quickly and efficiently, with the help of AI 
We’re introducing AI-suggested questions that educators can easily attach to a video based on its content when creating interactive YouTube assignments in Google Classroom. | Learn more about YouTube assignments in Classroom.

Google Meet adds 52 new languages to translated captions and 11 more languages for closed captions 
For all Google Workspace customers and users with personal accounts, we’ve expanded support for closed captioning. In addition, for Gemini for Google Workspace customers, we are adding 52 languages to translated captions with full language support. | Learn more about translated captions and closed captions. 

Improved syncing experience between Google Calendar and third-party calendars 
We’re pleased to introduce an improved email notification experience for those who are using third-party calendar services—like Outlook—to collaborate with Google Calendar users. | Learn more about the improved syncing experience on Calendar.

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).   

Improved syncing experience between Google Calendar and third-party calendars

What’s changing

We’re pleased to introduce an improved email notification experience for those who are using third-party calendar services—like Outlook—to collaborate with Google Calendar users. Specifically, this update improves the accuracy of Google Calendar event syncing across calendar services, while helping cut down on the amount of email noise caused by calendar sync notifications. 

  • Email notifications that are purely intended to sync information will now be marked as such in the body of the email and sent from a distinct, identifiable email address. The body of the email includes instructions for end users on how to implement inbox filters to avoid this type of email cluttering their inbox. 
  • At scale, Outlook system administrators can use Microsoft’s Powershell to implement an email filter rule for these messages for all users. 
Google Workspace customers can use this form to sign-up for the beta


Who’s impacted 

Admins and end users 


Why it matters

We’ve heard from our customers that the syncing experience from Google Calendar to third-party calendars was not consistently reliable. Additionally, users lacked an effective way to filter out Calendar emails which cluttered their inbox. This update will help improve the overall experience for users collaborating with Google Calendar users. 


Getting started 


Rollout pace 

  • Beta sign-ups are available now using this form until July 10, 2024. We will be accepting beta applications and allowlisting customers over the next several weeks. 

Availability 

  • Sign-up for this beta is available for all Google Workspace customers 

Resources 

Chrome Dev for Android Update

Hi everyone! We've just released Chrome Dev 128 (128.0.6547.3) 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

Google Meet adds 52 new languages to translated captions and 11 more languages for closed captions

What’s changing

For all Google Workspace customers and users with personal accounts, we’ve expanded support for closed captioning to include the following languages in beta*, bringing the total language count to 87: 
  • Azerbaijani 
  • Czech 
  • Greek 
  • Icelandic 
  • Kazakh 
  • Lao 
  • Lithuanian  
  • Malay 
  • Serbian 
  • Swahili 
  • Ukrainian 
*Newly supported languages are denoted with a “beta” tag as we continue to optimize performance.

For Gemini for Google Workspace customers, we are adding 52 languages to translated captions with full language support, which means these languages can be translated to and from any other fully supported language. We are also launching full language support to 6 previously launched languages. Translated captions now fully support 69 languages which allows for over 4,600 language pairs: 

-Afrikaans

-Albanian 

-Amharic 

-Arabic

-Armenian

-Azerbaijani

-Basque

-Bengali

-Bulgarian

-Burmese

-Catalan

-Chinese (Simplified)*

-Chinese (Mandarin)*

-Czech

-Dutch**

-English*

-Estonian

-Filipino

-Finnish

-French*

-Galician 

-Georgian

-German*

-Greek

-Gujarati

-Hebrew

-Hindi*

-Hungarian

-Icelandic

-Indonesian**

-Italian*

-Japanese**

-Javanese

-Kannada

-Kazakh

-Khmer

-Korean

-Lao

-Latvian

-Lithuanian

-Macedonian

-Malay

-Malayalam

-Marathi

-Mongolian

-Nepali

-Norwegian

-Persian (Farsi)

-Polish

-Portuguese*

-Romanian

-Russian*

-Serbian

-Sinhala

-Slovak

-Slovenian

-Spanish*

-Sundanese 

-Swahili

-Swedish**

-Tamil

-Telugu

-Thai*

-Turkish**

-Ukrainian

-Urdu

-Uzbek

-Vietnamese**

- Zulu



* Full language support previously launched
** Previously only English into these languages was supported. For more information, see our previous announcement on the Workspace Updates blog.


Additional details 

Update on the availability of translated captions for some Google Workspace customers 
As we previously announced, translated captions in Google Meet will be exclusively available to Gemini for Google Workspace customers. This will go into effect starting January 22, 2025, when existing and new customers will no longer have access to translated captions through their Google Workspace subscription. At this time, translated captions will only be available in the following Gemini add-ons: Gemini Enterprise, AI Meetings and Messaging, and Gemini Education premium. 

We will continue to invest in and improve translated captions with the additional languages and automatic language detection. In addition to translated captions, the Gemini for Workspace add-ons offer other generative AI features such as enhanced audio and image quality on meetings, take notes for me (in alpha), and more — use this link to learn more


Getting started 

  • End users: These features are available by default. Visit the Help Center to learn more about captions and translated captions in Google Meet. 
  • Meeting participants: You can use live translated captions if the meeting is organized by a user with an eligible Google Workspace edition. Closed captions are available for all users. 

Rollout pace 

Live captions language expansion: 
  • This feature is available now. 
Translated captions expansion: 

Availability 

  • Captions: Available to all Google Workspace customers and users with personal Google accounts 
  • Translated Captions: Available for Google Workspace customers with the Gemini Enterprise, Gemini Education Premium, and AI Meetings & Messaging add-ons 

Resources 

Chrome Beta for Desktop Update

The Beta channel has been updated to 127.0.6533.17 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.

Daniel Yip
Google Chrome