YouTube Channels' Navigation Simplified; Chrome for Android Strengthens Sandbox; Street View Adds Japanese Space Science Imagery; Google Drive Installation Scope

YouTube Channels browsing experience on the channel pages is now simplified by merging the Feed and Videos tabs into one "Browse videos" tab. "This new tab will house all Channel activity: uploads, playlists, likes, activity, and comments," google announced. Upon clicking the "Browse videos" tab, by default your viewers will be taken to Uploads, but […]

YouTube Channels browsing experience on the channel pages is now simplified by merging the Feed and Videos tabs into one "Browse videos" tab. "This new tab will house all Channel activity: uploads, playlists, likes, activity, and comments," google announced.

Upon clicking the "Browse videos" tab, by default your viewers will be taken to Uploads, but they can easily view other activity using the menu. For example, everything you used to see on the Feed tab can be viewed by clicking on "Activity."

You can read about the changes in more detail on this Help Center article.

YouTube Simplifies Channels Browsing Experience

Nicknames for Google Groups. Google Apps for Business, Government and Education, administrators now have the ability to create nicknames for Google Groups.

"If your Google Apps account includes more than one domain, you can add a nickname that has a different domain from the original group," Google posted.

Note that this can only be done in the administrator control panel.

For more information on Nicknames for Google Groups, check this Help Center.

Also, available on domains is "Calendar," users with an active Google+ profile can now add a Google+ Hangout to calendar events. Invited guests can join the hangout by clicking on "Join hangout" on the event details page. These hangouts will respect any restrictions in the administrator control panel.

And, the following feature intend for release to these domains on September 18th: "Spreadsheets," users now have the ability to collaborate more efficiently with discussions in Google Spreadsheets. This updates brings features like the ability to +mention users to add them to the discussion.

Chrome for Android Stable Channel now at version 18.0.1025308, is available on Google Play, includes important security and stability fixes:

This release strengthens "sandbox technology," which helps ensure malicious mobile websites are contained and do not impact the entire browser. "This is made possible by the innovative multi-process architecture in Chrome for Android, in conjunction with Android's User ID (UID) isolation technology. This more in-depth sandboxing capability will be automatically used for devices with Android 4.1, Jellybean," Google explained.

Google Drive Installation Scope

Google also announced today a new OAuth 2.0 feature called the "Drive installation scope," that lets users install an app by approving an access request. Essentially, Drive now offers three levels of integration, which apps can combine according to their needs:

  • "Simple API access with the Drive API enabled.
  • UI integration, with API access, the Drive SDK enabled, and OAuth-based installation.
  • CWS-based integration, with all of the above plus web store installation and marketing/upsell features," Eric Gilmore on Google Apps Developer blog informed.

"Along with all the other levels of access you can request from users, it's now possible to ask users for permission to install your app in their Drive. This means that an app, or an app's promotion page, could present an option to "Install this app in Google Drive," and then users who select this option would interact with an OAuth 2.0 dialog that requests the installation scope. When the user approves these scopes, the app is installed for the user. Then, once it is installed this way, the app appears in the user's Open with options as well as the Create > more contextual menu for files of registered MIME types. Apps still need to specify primary and secondary MIME types when they enable the Drive SDK in the APIs console," Gilmore explains.

For getting started integrating your app in any of these ways, see "Build a Drive Web App" or "Integrate with the Drive UI" in the SDK documentation.

Space Science Technology Museum, Japan Added to Google Maps Street View Imagery

Japan on September 12th celebrated the "Space Day" in Japan, with Google releasing new, comprehensive Street View imagery for two of Japan's top scientific institutions: the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan).

"With panoramic imagery in and around these locations now available via the Street View feature of Google Maps, space enthusiasts around the world have a more complete and accurate sense of what it'd be like to virtually swap places with an astronaut," Google stated.

In addition, this release also includes "360° views of the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, known in Japan as the "Miraikan"."

With this, you can now virtually walk inside the museum and see the famous "Geo Cosmos" hanging Earth model, as well as the other permanent exhibits like the model of the International Space Station.