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Hangouts Meet Hardware, A New Meeting Room by G Suite Launched

Continuing with evolution of Hangouts Meet, an specifically designed Hangouts for workplace, and Jamboard, Google is introducing a new way to bring high-quality video meetings to businesses of any size with “Hangouts Meet hardware,” along with new software updates for meetings.

Hangouts Meet hardware consists of four components: a touchscreen controller, speakermic, 4K sensor camera with 120° field of view, and Chrome OS powered ASUS Chromebox, allows people to easily join scheduled events from Calendar or view meeting details with a single tap.

ASUS Chromebox automatically pushing updates to other components in hardware kit, making it easier for large organizations to ensure security, reliability, deploying and managing Hangouts Meet hardware easier.

  • Remote device monitoring and management make it easy for IT administrators to stay in control, too.
  • Users can pin and mute team members, control camera, as well as add participants with dial-a-phone feature and present from a laptop via HDMI. G Suite Enterprise edition customer can even record the meeting to Drive.
  • 4K sensor camera with 120° field of view built with machine learning can intelligently detect participants and automatically crop and zoom to frame them.
  • Up to five speakermic can be daisy-chained with a single wire and actively eliminates echo and background noise to provide crisp, clear audio, providing coverage for larger rooms without tabletop clutter.

In addition, features update rolled out for G Suite Enterprise edition customers today, enable hosting meetings with up to 50 participants, record meetings and save them to Drive.

Once enabled, recordings gets saved to a “Meet Recordings” folder in the meeting owners’ Drive. The recording also then automatically attached to Calendar event and shared with all invited guests in the same domain.

G Suite Enterprise edition admins can control whose meetings can be recorded at the organizational unit (OU) level by navigating to Apps -> G Suite -> Settings for Google Hangouts and select “Meet Settings.”

Also, the dial-in feature now available from around the globe, automatically update meetings dial-in listing to a local phone number.

Hangouts Meet Dial-in

These new features are rolling out gradually.

The hardware kit is priced at $1999, is available in select markets around the globe beginning today.

Fast Pair, an effortless Bluetooth pairing for Android devices running Google Play services 11.7+ with compatibility back to Marshmallow Android 6.0.

Fast Pair uses BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) for advertising and discovery and uses classic Bluetooth for pairing.

Try out this with Google Pixel Buds or Libratone’s Q Adapt On-Ear, and soon on Plantronics Voyager 8200 series wireless headsets.

Here’s how a Fast Pair flow looks like:

  • Just turn on a Fast Pair-enabled device and put it in pairing mode.
  • Android scans for BLE broadcasts in close proximity of the user’s phone and discovers a Fast Pair packet (provided Bluetooth and Location is turned on).
  • This packet is sent to our servers to get back the device’s product image, product name and companion app (if there is one).
  • user receives a high priority notification asking them to “Tap to pair” to the device. The notification contains the product name and image.
  • A tap on notification will initiate classic Bluetooth to establish a connection.
  • Then, a success notification is shown which contains a link to download the companion app (if there is one).

Also, new settings introduced in the Admin console enabling admins to manage System apps that come preinstalled on Android devices: “enable all system apps, disable all system apps, enable select system apps, or disable select system apps.”

These settings will only apply to system apps on company-owned Android devices (i.e. Android devices in Device Owner mode). At launch, by default, all system apps will be enabled.

G Suite System Apps Settings

Single-Sign-On (SSO) let users access enterprise cloud applications, including Admin console for admins—after signing in just one time.

Google is now adding additional SAML application supports that joins existing OpenID Connect and SAML, —”Aha!, Atlassian Cloud, Datadog, Desk, Github Business, HackerOne, Mavenlink, Mixpanel, SpringerLink, and Springerlink Test.”

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