G Suite Updates

This official feed from the Google Workspace team provides essential information about new features and improvements for Google Workspace customers.
  1. Quick launch summary 

    When searching in Gmail on web, enhanced search chipswill provide richer drop-down lists with more options that help you apply additional filters. For example, when you click on the “From” chip, you’ll now be able to quickly type a name, choose from a list of suggested senders, or search for emails from multiple senders. Available now for all users, search chips make it quicker and easier to find the specific email or information you’re looking for. 


    A richer drop down list in search

    Getting started 

    • Admins:There is no admin control for this feature. 
    • End users: There is no end user setting for this feature, chips will appear automatically when you perform a search in Gmail on the web. Use the Help Center to learn more about search in Gmail. 

    Rollout pace 

    • This feature is available now for all users. 

    Availability 

    • Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers. Also available to users with personal Google Accounts

  2. What’s changing 

    We’ve added detailed metrics over time for endpoints in Meet Quality Tool, which will help admins perform more advanced troubleshooting. When clicking any endpoint in the meeting timeline, admins can now view charts showing: 
    • Average CPU usage, 
    • Connection delay, 
    • Microphone audio level (what is heard at the user's location), 
    • Received audio level (audio from others), 
    • Sent video packet loss, 
    • Received video packet loss.

    When viewing metrics for meetings that are still in progress, you can refresh to see a timeline and metrics with near-real-time values.


    Please note:The available metrics for any given endpoint depend on which device and Meet client was used for the connection.


    Who’s impacted

    Admins


    Why it’s important

    There are many factors that can affect the quality of a meeting — by providing detailed information and metrics of those factors overtime, admins can more effectively analyze and troubleshoot issues and therefore improve the quality of meetings for their users.


    For example, the graph below shows a user who experienced a loss of video during a meeting. 


    The admin can further drill down into the metrics and see that the exact time of the video loss corresponds with the loss of the user’s network connection. Using these metrics, the admin was able to quickly diagnose this as a temporary network connection issue.


    Getting started


    Rollout pace

    • This feature is available now.

    Availability

    • Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers



  3.  

    Quick Summary 
    You can now quickly and easily filter email and search results on Android mobile devices to find the one specific email or information you’re looking for. Search filters can be used independently or post-search, helping you choose filtering options from rich drop-down lists. For example, you can type a query and further narrow results by selecting search filters like from: colleague’s name, or a specific timeframe. When searching for emails by sender, users can choose from a list of suggested senders or search for emails from multiple senders. 

    Filtering email and search results 

    Getting started 
    • Admins: There is no admin control for this feature. 
    • End users:There is no end user setting for this feature. When searching in Gmail on Android, you can use the search filters below the search box. 
    Rollout pace 
    Availability 
    • Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers 
    Resources 
  4. What’s changing 

    In the Alert Center, Admins will see new one-click recommended actions for various alerts, which they can implement without leaving the Alert Center. You’ll see recommended actions such as: 
    • Marking an email message as phishing, 
    • Suspending a user, 
    • Restoring a user after they’ve been suspended, 
    • Blocking devices, 
    • Deleting email messages and more. 
    When viewing an alert detail, you'll see a recommended action such as "Delete message" with a link for admins to take quick action.





    Who’s impacted 

    Admins 

    Why it’s important 

    We hope these suggested actions make it easier for Admins to swiftly triage, take action, and remedy various incidents within your org faster. 


    Additionally, this update builds on previous improvements in the Admin console such as the updated homepage, redesigned navigation experience and a streamlined management of users and domains


    Getting started 


    Rollout pace 

    • This feature is available now for all users. 

    Availability 

    • Available to Google Workspace Enterprise Plus, Education Standard, and Education Plus customers 
    • Not available to Google Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, Education Fundamentals, Frontline, and Nonprofits, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers 

    Resources 

  5. Quick summary 

    Earlier this year, we announced the ability to present from Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides directly to Google Meet. Beginning today, Admins can turn this feature on or off for their organization with a new setting. We hope this gives Admins more control over how their users share content in Meet calls. 

    In the Meet video settings portion of the Admin console, you can control the ability to present to meet fro the Editors under the "Integrations" category.







    Getting started 


    Rollout pace 


    Availability 

    • Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers 
    • Not available to Google Workspace Individual customers or users with personal Google accounts 

    Resources 

  6. Quick summary 

    Last year, we introduced low-light mode for Meet on mobile, using AI to automatically adjust your video to make you more visible if you’re in a dark environment. Having too much light behind you—such as a window on a sunny day—can also be challenging for many cameras. Google Meet on the web now automatically detects when a user appears underexposed and enhances the brightness to improve their visibility. 

    Google Meet will automatically detect when a user is underexposed and will enhance the brightness for improved visibility.

    For illustrative purposes only

    Getting started 


    Rollout pace 

    Availability 

    • Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers 

     Resources 

  7. Quick launch summary

    Last year, we introduced the new Google Chat Progressive Web Application (PWA), which provides a fast, reliable, and engaging way to use Chat on any desktop device with the Google Chrome web browser. We’ve recently released a new version of this app.

    While most users have already been automatically upgraded to the new app, a small number of users are still on the older Chat PWA version and will see an in-app banner nudging them to upgrade by visiting chat.google.com.

    PWA banner
    Banner to upgrade to the newest version of the Chat PWA


    The banner will read “You are using an old version of Chat. You need to uninstall this old version first, then visit www.chat.google.com to install the new version.”

    Beginning September 27, 2021, users who have not yet upgraded will no longer be able to use their previously installed Chat app. Instead, they’ll see a screen directing them to upgrade to the new version of Google Chat.

    Screen telling users the old PWA is no longer available
    Screen users will see when the old PWA version is no longer available


    If users already have the new version of the app available but are still using the old app, they will simply see a screen asking them to uninstall this old version.

    Screen shown to users who have installed the new PWA version but try to access the old version once it is no longer available
    Screen shown to users that already have the new app, when the old PWA version is no longer available

    Getting started


    Rollout pace

    Availability

    • Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers

    Resources

  8. Quick launch summary 

    We recently launched the ability to block another user in Google Drive. Based on your feedback, we’re updating how the feature can be applied to users in trusted domains. 


    Previously, user blocks could be applied to any user outside of your domain. With this update, user blocks will no longer work with users in trusted domains. Any previous blocks established for users in trusted domains will no longer be enforced in Google Drive, but will continue to be enforced in other apps and services

    Getting started 

    Rollout pace 

    Availability 

    • Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers. 

    Resources 

  9. What’s changing 

    You can now create highly customized themes in new Google Sites that align with your organization’s brand guidelines or your own personal style. 




    Who’s impacted 

    End users 


    Why you’d use it 

    Currently, there are six pre-created themes with limited customization options, which are helpful for quickly creating a consistent look and feel for sites. With the addition of custom themes, you have greater control over things like: 
    • Fonts and text style, 
    • Colors, 
    • Brand images, 
    • Navigation settings, 
    • Style of components such as buttons, and more. 

    We hope that custom themes and custom templates allow you to create and share sites that best match your brand guidelines or specific style. 


    Getting started 


    Rollout pace 

    • Rapid Release domains: Extended rollout (potentially longer than 15 days for feature visibility starting on September 16, 2021 
    • Scheduled Release domains: Full rollout (1-3 days for feature visibility) starting on October 6, 2021 

    Availability 

    • Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers Available to users with personal Google Accounts 

    Resources 

  10. Quick summary 

    Recently, we announced the expansion of the meeting safety features and the ability to add up to 25 co-hosts in Google Meet. We’re now adding two new controls that will allow admins to configure whether the Host Management and Quick access features will be on or off by default in their domain. 


    In both cases, if the feature is set to OFF by default, meeting hosts can manually enable Quick access or Host Management from inside the meeting. Please see below for detailed information on the default Admin setting for each feature. 

    Getting started 


    Rollout pace 


    Availability 

    Host management is:
    • OFF by default for: Google Workspace Business Starter, Business Basic, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Essentials, and Non-profits customers. 

    • ON by default for: Google Workspace for Google Workspace for Education Fundamentals, Education Standard, Education Plus, the Teaching and Learning upgrade, and Frontline customers 

    • Not available to Google Workspace Individual customers or users with personal Google Accounts. 

    Quick access is:
    • ON by default for all Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers. 

    • Not available to Google Workspace Individual customers or users with personal Google Accounts. 

    Resources