Google’s Upcoming Updates: What to Expect This Week

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Welcome to our Weekly Update Roundup on Google’s Upcoming Updates, the place to be if you want to stay updated on the cool new things happening at Google. In this article, we’ll explore all the exciting stuff Google is working on, giving you a special preview of what’s coming this week.

1. Easily duplicate groups and objects in Google Sites 

Rollout Date: Monday, 10 July 2023

Good news for Google Site editors! Now, you can duplicate not only sections but also individual objects such as images, buttons, and text boxes, as well as entire groups. When editing your Site, simply use the duplicate feature to create copies of your desired elements. The duplicated objects or groups will be conveniently placed below their original counterparts. 

Learn more about adding or editing text & images in Google Sites

2. Pasting HTML into Android Documents

Rollout Date: Monday, 10 July 2023

As part of Google’s ongoing commitment to enhancing the user experience on larger-screen devices, Google announced a new feature that allows Android users to paste copied HTML elements directly into a document. With this update, you can copy HTML elements to the clipboard and effortlessly paste them into a Doc, while preserving the original formatting. Google’s goal is to provide users with a seamless and efficient way to incorporate HTML content into their Android documents.

3. Making focus time more productive with the new Google Calendar setting 

Rollout Date: Wednesday, 12 July 2023

In order to enhance focus and seamlessly transition between “do not disturb” and dedicated work time, Google Calendar now offers the ability to mute notifications throughout your focus sessions. This feature is exclusively available to users with Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Business Standard, Business Plus, Education Standard, Education Plus, and Nonprofits subscriptions.

Learn more about the new Google Calendar setting

4. Adding more flexibility to working locations in Google Calendar 

Rollout Date: Friday, 14 July 2023

Introducing a new feature in Google Calendar that allows you to designate working locations for specific time periods. This feature enables you to accurately represent your availability by considering the physical location where you’ll be working, which may vary throughout the day. Available exclusively for Google Workspace Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Fundamentals, Education Standard, Education Plus, the Teaching and Learning Upgrade, and Nonprofits.

Learn more about adding your working location for part of a day.

5. Revamping the “First Open Experience” in Docs on Android devices

Rollout Date: Friday, 14 July 2023

Last week, Google announced a more creation-focused experience when first opening the Google Sheets and Google Slides apps on Android devices. This enhancement is now being extended to the Google Docs app, which will now start in edit mode. Additionally, the formatting toolbar will be more visible, you will see an I-beam cursor, and tapping once exposes an on-screen keyboard unless a physical keyboard is attached.

In the Sheets app, there will be larger tap targets, and tapping once exposes the formula bar, tab bar, and contextual formatting toolbar. 
In the Slides app, you will now see the filmstrip on the left-hand side, and selecting an object exposes the contextual toolbar and an on-screen keyboard. 

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