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Google Bar Update Rolling Out to Google Apps on April 9th; Introducing Google Maps Floor Plan Marker App, New Script Service

New look Google Bar for Google Apps rolling out on April 9

Starting Monday, April 9th, the new Google bar look will be rolling out to all Google Apps users including Google Apps for Business, Government and Education. The new Google bar has links to services at the top level and a More drop-down list with links to additional services.

  • “As before, the Google bar won’t show services that the administrator turns off in the Google Apps control panel
  • Google Search and Images always appear in the Google bar
  • A few services, such as Google Translate, do not have a services on/off setting in the control panel, so they always appear in the Google bar for all users
  • Google Play includes Android Market/Books/Music/Movies. You can disable Google Play in the control panel, but currently this doesn’t remove the service from the Google bar. This is a known issue which will be addressed
  • When you turn off a service, other services move to the top level of the Google bar or to a higher position in the list of services under More. For example, if you turn off YouTube, which appears by default in the top level of the Google bar, Sites moves from the More list to the top level,” notes Google.

In other Google news, Google introduces a new “Script service,” that lets you perform both of these tasks programmatically. “With the Script service at your disposal, you can create smooth install flows, chain your scripts’ executions, generate summaries of current triggers, and even programmatically publish the scripts as services,” posted Google.

The Script service provides you with the means of creating even more powerful applications and makes the development and deployment process smooth.

For more information, please visit the Script service Reference Documentation and User Guide.

Google Maps Floor Plan Marker app - Google Earth video featuring aerial imagery and 3D models of the Americas legendary stadiums for Baseball 2012 season

Back in November last year, Google introduced “Indoor maps for Android” alongwith “Google Maps Floor Plans” as a tool for business owners to upload the floor plans for their venue and have them appear in Google Maps for Android.

Today, Google released a new “Google Maps Floor Plan Marker” app, which enables those who’ve uploaded floor plans to improve the indoor location accuracy their visitors experience when using indoor maps within their venue.

“If you’ve uploaded a floor plan through the Google Maps Floor Plans tool, once you install the Google Maps Floor Plan Marker app, you’ll be guided through the process of walking around the entire surface area of your place of interest. Using the app, you collect data from sources such as GPS, cell tower, and publicly broadcast WiFi information that can help us make the My Location feature’s familiar “blue dot” icon accessible for Android users when they’re inside the venue. The time it takes to complete this process depends on the size of the venue, but you can pause and resume a marking task at any time if you want to take breaks,” explains Google.

The app is available in English for people in United States through Google Play.

Google Maps Floor Plan Marker app

Also, in time for the 2012 baseball season of America’s pastime, Google Maps team created a special Google Earth video featuring aerial imagery and 3D models of the country’s most legendary stadiums.

“Fly to Fenway in Boston, soar over Chicago’s Wrigley Field and check out San Francisco Bay and AT&T Park, all from a bird’s eye view. What a way to take a virtual journey with your team as they travel across the country!,” Google said.

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