What's new with Jamboard

This article lists new features and enhancements for Jamboard hardware and software, as well as the mobile, tablet, and web editors.

Note: Jamboard hardware automatically updates to the latest available release version when it connects to the internet.

June 2019

Web

What's new

  • Select is the default tool when you open a jam.
  • Colors are now nested with brushes.
  • The Clear Frame button now appears in the actions bar. 
  • New frame bar design. You can also reorder frames.
  • Added the laser pointer tool.
  • Updates menu now displays Help Center content.

Improvements

  • A bug fix where selecting an object would bring it to the foreground.
May 2019

Jamboard hardware, May 7

What's new

  • Launched full-screen videoconferencing on Jamboard using Meet.
  • Launched Android N to 100% of Jamboard devices.
  • cSAT survey for better tracking of user satisfaction.
  • Added the ability to join public broadcast calls.

Improvements

  • Bug fixes

Mobile

Improvements

  • Bug fixes

Web

What's new

  • Added real time frame thumbnails.
April 2019

Mobile

Improvements

  • Bug fixes

Web

What's new

  • Launched changing the background on jams.

Improvements

  • Improved multiple login support
  • Bug fixes
March 2019

Jamboard hardware, March 13

What's new

  • Launched demo mode for resellers.

Improvements

  • Bug fixes

Mobile

Improvements

  • Bug fixes

Web

What's new

  • Launched the ability to make a copy of jams.

Improvements

  • Improved adding images from the web.
  • Bug fixes
February 2019

Mobile

Improvements

  • Fixed a bug where Clear board failed for some users on iOS and Android apps.

Web

What's new

  • Launched Add image feature in web viewer.
  • Launched Material Design to web viewer.

Improvements

  • Fixed a bug where web viewer crashes after switching from row to grid view, then selecting More actions

Admin console

Improvements

  • Added a setting to turn off or on Chromecast functionality on Jamboard. Find the switch in Device Management and then Jamboards and then Fleet settings and then Chromecast streaming.
December 2018

Jamboard hardware, December 13

Improvements

  • Fixed a bug where the collaborator list did not always update in real time.
  • Fixed a bug where deselecting certain objects left marks on the frame at times.
  • Fixed a bug that caused a crash to occur when drawing while joining a meeting at times.
  • Fixed a problem where a no internet warning toast showed up even after connecting to Wi-Fi network at times.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented users from joining a named Hangout.
  • Fixed a bug where the Permissions menu did not properly dismiss on the Kiosk at times.
  • Fixed a bug where collaborator details of a removed collaborator are still displayed on 'Who has access to this jam' screen at times.
  • Fixed a bug where the user wasn’t always able to view all the collaborator details in “Who has access” when the file has more than 6 collaborators.

Mobile

Improvements

  • Fixed a bug that caused incorrect app size on some ChromeOS devices.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the app to crash on launch unexpectedly sometimes.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the app to crash when user tried to connect to a meeting at times.
     

Web

Improvements

  • Fixed a bug where the images seemed distorted on thumbnail preview in the jam list sometimes.
  • Fixed a bug that caused a mismatch in Post-it text alignment when a Jam was downloaded as a PDF/Image at times.
  • Fixed a bug that caused right click to open jam from jam list sometimes.
  • Fixed a bug that disabled anonymous users to edit a Jam even when link sharing is set to allow the Jam to be publicly editable.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the toolbar tooltips to appear different from other tooltips.
  • Fixed a bug where "Back" was shown instead of "Jamboard Home." 
     

Jamboard Admin console

Improvements

  • Fixed a bug where the search result shows the single device as plural “1 devices match the current filter.”
  • Fixed a bug that caused an extra line to be displayed under the “Paired chrome device...” option name.
  • Fixed a bug where only the "Device settings" panel in the device details page was showing pending setting values. Now pending setting values will also be shown in sidebar, breadcrumb, list view, etc.
  • Fixed a bug where the checkbox in additional languages didn’t always update properly.
October 2018

Jamboard hardware, October 11

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 2018

Jamboard hardware, September 10

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 2018

Jamboard hardware, August 8

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 2018

Jamboard hardware, July 16

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 2018

Jamboard hardware, June 7

Improvements

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

Jamboard hardware, May 14

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 2018

Jamboard hardware, April 12

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 2018

Jamboard hardware, March 14

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 Jamboard hardware.

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 Jamboard hardware for longer than the specified period of time
February 2018

Jamboard hardware, February 14

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 2017

Jamboard hardware, December 12

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 2017

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

Jamboard hardware, November 8

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 2017

Jamboard hardware, October 11

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 2017

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

Jamboard hardware, September 17

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 2017

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

Jamboard hardware, August 8

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 2017

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

Jamboard hardware, July 19

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 2017

Jamboard hardware, April 27

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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