What's New

New features and enhancements are sorted by the Jamboard hardware, Jamboard software, mobile and tablet apps, and web viewer. Jamboard automatically updates to the latest release version when you connect to the Internet. To view your board’s release:

  1. Tap Menu Menu.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap About Jamboard.

    Under Build, you see a long string. This string contains the date when the software was last updated. For example, the August 8, 2017 release has pushed version jam_kiosk_20170725-####_####. This version of the software was last updated on July 25, 2017. 

October 11, 2018 release

Jamboard kiosk

Improvements

  • Viewer Role Improvements - Last release, we added the ability to add collaborators with View Only access to jams. This release, we’ve improved the View Only access role flow.
  • Improved Japanese translations.

Mobile

What's New

  • Reset Zoom/Snap Back function - Users can now reset the zoom level using a snap-back or zoom-out button.

Improvements

  • Framebar Visibility during Zoom - The framebar now automatically hides/displays when a user is zooming into/out of the canvas.
  • Push to Board icon - A new improved Push to Board icon.

Web

What's New

  • Drawing and Editing on Web - Users can now create and edit their jams on the web. Users can draw strokes using one of the 4 brushes, erase, select objects, and add/remove sticky notes on the web.

Jamboard Admin console

What's New

  • An all new Admin Console -  Users can now manage their Jamboards, along with users and other devices, all in one place. The Jamboard fleet management and administration controls now have a new place in the Admin console under Device Management > Jamboards.
September 10, 2018 release

Jamboard kiosk

What's New

  • View Only access role - Users can now add collaborators with View Only access to jams. Jam viewers can open and view the jam on any platform, but they cannot edit the jam.

Improvements

  • Selecting and moving objects improvements - Kiosk will now display: active touch indicator, object selection border, and collaborator picks for remote collaborators
  • Improved cross platform text layout for post-it notes - Improvements to the way post-its are displayed across platforms.

Mobile

What's New

  • View Only access role - Similar to Kiosk, users can now add collaborators with View Only access to jams. Jam viewers can open and view the jam on any platform, but they cannot edit the jam.

Improvements

  • UI Improvements - New layout and styling of the list of jam files in the filmstrip view. 
  • Create jam from mobile browser - Users can now create a jam in the mobile browser.

Web

What's New

  • View Only access role - Similar to Kiosk, users can now add collaborators with View Only access to jams. Jam viewers can open and view the jam on any platform, but they cannot edit the jam.
August 8, 2018 release

Jamboard kiosk

Improvements

  • Push via NFC Reliability - General reliability improvements to Push to Jamboard via NFC on Pixel devices.
  • UI Improvements - General UI improvements to the Kiosk UI.

Mobile

Improvements

  • UI Improvements - General UI improvements on the mobile applications.

Web

Improvements

  • Share Code UI - Added an animation for the Enable/Disable action while the system generates and returns a Share Code.
July 16, 2018 release

Jamboard kiosk

What's New

  • New Walk in/Walk Out Experience - Users can now use NFC technology on their mobile devices to take ownership of Jams from a Jamboard or push their Jams to the Jamboard.

Improvements

  • UI Improvements - General UI and Display improvements and updates to the Kiosk UI.

Mobile

What's New

  • Drawing on mobile - Users can now draw/erase strokes and use magic tools on the mobile application.

Web

Improvements

  • Picks for Collaborator Strokes - Users on the web can see individual user picks for strokes drawn by collaborators, similar to the Kiosk and Mobile apps.
June 7, 2018 release

Jamboard kiosk

Improvements

  • Improved audio quality in meetings - Improvement in audio quality and attenuation in acoustic feedback.
May 14, 2018 release

Jamboard kiosk

What's New

  • White color brushes - Users can now draw brush strokes, use handwriting/shape recognition, and autodraw tools in an all new white color.
  • Bluetooth conferencing devices - Users can now connect and use Bluetooth conferencing (speaker and microphone combined) devices to the Jamboard.

Improvements

  • Present to Meeting UI - New improved Present to Meeting user interface that shows a persistent Present prompt on the top-right corner of a paired Jamboard.

Mobile

What's New

  • White color brushes - Users can now draw brush strokes, use handwriting/shape recognition, and autodraw tools in an all new white color.

Improvements

  • PDF Export Cancellation - Users can now cancel the PDF export.
April 12, 2018 release

Jamboard kiosk

What's New

  • USB Speakers and Microphones - Users can now connect USB audio devices (speakers, microphones, and conferencing) to Jamboard and switch between them.

Improvements

  • Support for GIF Avatars or Profile pictures.

Mobile

Improvements

  • Higher quality and resolution in jam and frame thumbnail previews.
  • Improved support for exporting frames with local and collaborator added images.
  • UI improvements.
  • Improvements to landscape mode.

Web

What's New

  • Real time collaborative changes - Now users can see collaborative changes on the jam web viewer in real time.

Improvements

  • Higher quality/resolution Jam and Frame thumbnail previews.
  • Improved performance of live strokes.
  • Improved display and handling of hovercards for collaborators.

Jamboard Admin console

Improvements

  • Activation flow improvement - the activation dialog is now displayed throughout the activation process.
March 14, 2018 release

Jamboard kiosk

What's New

  • Custom Backgrounds - Users can now select custom backgrounds. There are 7 new backgrounds and patterns to choose from.
  • Object Connectors - Connect shapes on the Jamboard together by drawing lines between them.
  • Automatic Document Closeout - Admins can set a period of time to automatically close jams if they're left open on a Jamboard kiosk.

Mobile

What's New

  • Landscape Mode - Both iOS and Android mobile apps now allow users to interact in Landscape Mode.
  • Custom Backgrounds - Users can now select custom backgrounds. There are 7 new backgrounds and patterns to choose from.
  • Object Connectors - Connect shapes on the Jamboard together by drawing lines between them.

Improvements

  • The Jamboard apps now take you straight to the jam when opening a jam from Gmail.
  • New improved Feedback platform.
  • A new delete icon makes it easier to delete jams.
  • Improved notification timing when attempting to add more than 20 frames.

Web

Improvements

  • Improved button icons and overflow menu design
  • Lots of tool-tip improvements.

Jamboard Admin console

What's New

  • Custom Screensaver Messages - Admins can now create a custom message in the admin console that will display as a ticker on the screensaver to the end users.
  • Automatic Document Closeout - Jamboard admins can now set a global timeout that would automatically close a Jam document that is left open on a Jamboard kiosk for longer than the specified period of time
February 14, 2018 release

Jamboard kiosk

What's New

  • Page numbers on frame change - Whenever a frame is changed, a distinct frame change animation displays along with the page number.
  • Autodraw - A new tool integrated with the Autodraw application to produce drawing recognition on the Jamboard.  
  • Strict sharing configuration - If strict sharing is turned on in the Admin console, when working with an unclaimed jam on a kiosk, users will need to confirm ownership by email before they are added as an owner. This prevents sharing of content before an owner is assigned. The default is off.
  • USB camera support - Users can connect a USB camera and select which camera feed they want to use (USB camera or internal camera) in the settings panel of the kiosk.
  • S/PDIF audio support - Users can attach external speakers to the board using S/PDIF, which is a rear port on the back of the device for optical audio.

Improvements

  • Maximum frames message shows on attempt to create more than 20 frames.
  • Removed the 'poop' sticker.

Mobile

What's New

  • Page numbers on frame change - Whenever a frame is changed, a distinct frame change animation displays along with the page number.
  • Autodraw - Integrated with the Autodraw application to produce drawing recognition on the Jamboard application.

Jamboard Admin console

What's New

  • Admins can configure the strict sharing option in the Admin console - Admins can configure this setting (off by default) for the domain. If the option is turned on, when working with an unclaimed jam on a kiosk, users will need to confirm ownership by email before they are added as an owner. This feature prevents sharing of content before an owner is assigned.
December 12, 2017 release

Jamboard kiosk

Improvements

  • Improved messaging for video calling
  • Removed ‘?’ icon from tool tips to reduce confusion

Mobile

Improvements

  • Nearby Board - Improved reliability of nearby boards feature.
November 8, 2017 release

For a high-level overview of the changes with the Jamboard November 8 release, see this blog post.

Jamboard kiosk

What's New

  • Move objects to other frames using the Framebar - You can now move objects to other frames using the Framebar at the top of the frame.

Mobile

What's New

Mobile Editing: You can now do the following on iOS and Android mobile devices:

  • Create and Edit sticky notes on phone
  • Zoom in and out + panning (similar to tablet)
  • Move objects to adjacent frames
  • Move/scale/rotate objects
  • Extract pages from Drive element cards
  • Delete objects on mobile
  • Duplicate objects on mobile
  • Create Jams on mobile
  • Undo/redo changes on mobile app
  • Disable ability to manipulate frames on mobile app
  • Allow users to view real time collaborator changes/picks on mobile app

Improvements

  • Next/previous frame arrows now change color based on frame pan/zoom state to make them more visible.

Jamboard Admin console

Improvements

  • Admins can now sort the list of Jamboards by column: Click the column header to sort the list.
October 11, 2017 release

Jamboard kiosk

Improvements

  • Improved Eraser tool detection when ‘Finger Erasing’ is disabled on the Kiosk.

Mobile

What's New

  • Easier Account Switching interface: You can now log into and switch between different accounts from within the mobile app using a new simpler account switcher interface.

Improvements

  • Improved Camera/Audio permission handling.
  • Material Design user interface improvements.
  • More accessibility improvements to the app.

Web

Improvements

  • Improved URL handling on the web.
  • More user-friendly error messages when WebGL is not available.
September 17, 2017 release

For a high-level overview of the changes with the Jamboard September 17 release, see this blog post.

Jamboard kiosk

What's New

  • Learn more about Drive - A new Drive item in the toolbar explains how to install Drive on Companion Devices and import Drive content to a Jam.

Improvements

  • Improved Jamboard-CFM pairing.
  • Jamboards that are offline or unable to connect for collaboration will attempt to re-establish a connection. If necessary, the board may reboot when not in use.

Mobile

What's New

  • Present to Meeting - Users can now present Jams to a meeting from their phones directly.

Improvements

  • More robust and reliable Nearby Boards.
  • Material Design UI improvements.
  • More accessibility improvements to the app.
August 8, 2017 release

For a high-level overview of the changes with the Jamboard August 8 release, see this blog post.

Jamboard kiosk

What's New

  • Edit Recognized Handwriting - Users can now edit their recognized handwritten text with the stylus, allowing for the quick deletion, insertion, and merging of text.
  • GIF Support - Jamboard now supports adding GIF images via Google Drive.
  • Moving Object to Adjacent Frame - Objects can be moved to adjacent jam frames by selecting and sliding towards the left or right edge of the screen.

Improvements

  • Multiple accessibility improvements to the Kiosk App.
  • UI polish improvements for the Feedback UI and toast notifications.

Mobile

What's New

  • Edit Recognized Handwriting - Similar to the Kiosk, users can now edit the recognized handwritten text on the Jamboard app, allowing for the quick deletion, insertion, and merging of text.
  • GIF Support - Jamboard now supports adding GIF images via Google Drive.
  • Moving Object to Adjacent Frame - Objects can be moved to adjacent jam frames by selecting and sliding towards the left or right edge of the screen.

Improvements

  • Collaborator List - Always shows the correct list of collaborators when collaborators are added/removed remotely from another device.
  • Material Design UI improvements.
  • More accessibility improvements to the app.

Web

Improvements

  • Improvements to the web rendering fidelity.
  • Improvements to the frame-bar functionality on the web.
  • Better tooltips on button elements in the web viewer.
  • Improved highlighter stroke rendering in the web viewer.
  • Multiple improvements to the web UI.
  • More accessibility improvements.

Jamboard Admin console

What's New

  • Admins can now see historical data for Wi-Fi network strength (RSSI), Wi-Fi network speed, and board online/offline status.
July 19, 2017 release

For a high-level overview of the changes with the Jamboard July 19 release, see this blog post.

Jamboard kiosk

What's New

  • Object Duplication - Users can now duplicate objects by selecting an object and clicking on the Duplicate icon.
  • Gboard Latin IME - The new Gboard keyboard on the Jamboard now lets users input text using ‘Glide’ typing in addition to the regular typing.
  • Admin Tool - A new Admin Tool on the Jamboard, which lets IT admins and advanced users now troubleshoot basic functionality on the Jamboard.
  • Updated certificate support for WiFi. Learn more about certificate installation.

Improvements

  • Lasso element selection now allows users to select both the drawing layer as well as objects like post-its, stickers, images, etc.
  • Meetings on the Jamboard now support Hangouts calls with ‘#’ alias/meeting names.
  • Users now see better warning messages when pushing Jams to boards on external domains.
  • General bug fixes

Web

Improvements

  • General UI improvements and bug fixes.

Jamboard Admin console

What's New

  • Admins can now see a summary of fleet health at the top of the Jamboard Admin console list page (specifically, number of devices healthy and unhealthy).
  • Admins can now add free-text notes to devices in the Jamboard Admin console.
  • Admins can now also see the last time certain health fields were "green" (i.e., if Bluetooth is disabled, shows the last time it was seen enabled).

Improvements

  • Resolved an issue that occurred sometimes when pairing Chromeboxes for Meetings to Jamboards.
  • Disabled the option to reboot an offline device that could cause an offline device to reboot after powering up.
  • Minor UI Improvements.
April 27, 2017 release

Jamboard kiosk

What’s New

  • Updated WiFi settings. Jamboard software has expanded its enterprise WiFi settings to be at parity with Android M enterprise WiFi capabilities. Please update your board to this release for these settings. Learn more about WiFi on Jamboard.

Mobile apps

What’s New

  • Improvements in functionality to the app. Please update your phone or tablet to the latest version of the Jamboard app.
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