Keeping Up With Google

Ahead of Google’s upcoming I/O, we thought it would be a good idea to recap some of the most recent updates to G Suite (Google Apps) so they don’t get lost in the wind. So here’s a summary of the most important new features from the past couple of months. 

Updated Google Docs and Slides

The new mobile apps are available from both the Play Store and the App store. Docs now has the ability to allow users to insert images from their mobile devices, meaning updates can be made even more easily while on the go. Slides has also had the same image feature added in along with being able to insert and manipulate tables from any device.

All of the new improvements to Docs and Slides are available when you’re offline. You’ll just need the updated mobile apps.

Here is a bit more information and a quick demo on how it works! –

Password Alert

Password Alert is an open-source Chrome extension that helps to keep your Google and G Suite (Google Apps) accounts safe from phishing attacks. It encourages users to enter different passwords for different websites so that one successful attack won’t be the key to all of your information.

If an employee using Password Alert uses their Google password on any site other than an authentic Google sign-in page, the employee will receive an email notifying them to change their password.

G Suite admins can use an App Engine App that allows them to receive notifications when employees enter their passwords on non-Google sites, and can then make it mandatory for these employees to change their passwords.

Here’s some further information on the extension and how to spot phishing attacks before it’s too late! –

Google Slides improves animation

Animations are a great way to help your presentations stand out and get your point across in Google Slides. You can now improve your presentations with two new animations: Appear and Disappear. Along with pre-existing animations: Fly in and Fly out, which now allow you to set the direction to and from left, right, top, and bottom.

Follow the link for a step-by-step guide to adding animations and how to bring your presentations to life –

G Suite (Google Apps) post-install notifications

This allows admins to notify their users when a new application is installed from the Google Marketplace. Which means that all users will be made aware of any update and how to put it to best use for their workplace.

Here’s a walkthrough guide on how to apply these notifications and get the best out of the new feature for your needs –

Custom alerts for admins

These new alerts allow admins to see any important events going on within their domain, whether it’s a suspicious login attempt or changes being made by other administrators. 

Admins were previously able to turn on pre-defined alerts for different user activities such as settings changes, and mail flow events. But Google has now launched a new feature that allows admins to set up custom alerts for any audit stream types.

If you’d like to get your custom alerts set up or would like to find out more about the features, you can do so here –

What to expect from Google I/O 2015 

Google likes to share a few details about future Android iterations, so we’re bound to hear something regarding Android M. We’ve also heard that some Google Now APIs will be made available to third-party apps in Android M.

Material design is Google’s beautiful, comprehensive guide for visual, motion, and interaction design across platforms and devices. Google I/O has plenty of sessions regarding Material Design, and the overall scope is making sure developers are using it properly across all platforms.

There are several sessions regarding Android Wear, but we think the main feature for the event will be detailing how developers can take advantage of the Android Wear support library to make even greater apps and lead to more software for Android Wear.