Google Workspace administrators will now be able to specify how and when Android Apps installed on updating employee devices.
Administrators will now be able to specify whether updates to tools such as Docs, Sheets and Slides are installed immediately or deferred, giving them greater control over how Android apps are deployed across their smartphone fleet and business tablets.
Additionally, admins will be able to set these policies at the group level within their organizations.
Manage Android apps
Until now, the default behavior of app updates in Google Workspace depended on whether the device was connected to a Wi-Fi network, charged, and actively used.
Google says this behavior isn’t always a good fit for its customers, and administrators need more granular control over how apps are updated.
With this update, admins can now set specific criteria for updating their employees’ Workspace apps.
Administrators will now have access to a variety of update options. These include “high priority”, where updates are installed immediately, as well as “deferred mode”, where automatic updates are delayed for three months after the launch of a new version.
The product update is scheduled for a gradual rollout, allowing up to 15 days for feature visibility, starting April 21, 2022.
The new update is available for Google Workspace Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Fundamentals, Education Standard, Teaching and Learning Upgrade, Education Plus, Frontline, legacy customers G Suite Business and Basic and Cloud Identity.
The news comes as Google continues to remain active in terms of adding new features to its Workspace suite.
Google recently unveiled a series of updates to the suite, which included the ability to integrate Meet directly into Docs, Sheets and Slides, allowing Google Workspace users to quickly start a meeting when collaborating on a project. .
The update also included smaller additions, such as the ability to use emoji reactions in meetings.