What's new archive, Gopher for Chrome

Looking for details on older releases?  Here is a summary of Gopher for Chrome updates by release date.

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July 29, 2022: Battery Health by OU report to include only active devices

Gopher for Chrome > Reports > Device Telemetry > Battery Health by OU

  • The Battery Health by OU report now only includes active devices. Previously, deprovisioned devices were included in the report, inflating the number of devices reported.
April 28, 2022: Delegated admin access added for the web application

Previously only super administrators could access the Gopher for Chrome web application. In this update, we’ve added access for delegated administrators. Both super administrators and delegated administrators can now access the web application.

April 5, 2022: New New Telemetry reports

In this update, we’ve concentrated our focus on Battery Health monitoring, providing you with another tool for gaining insight across your Chromebook fleet. Specifically, monitoring the condition or state of all batteries across your fleet. Using this information you can plan device repairs, recycling, and replacements.

There is minimal setup before you can use battery health and storage monitoring. Learn more

  • The Battery Health State widget is new to the Gopher for Chrome Web app. It provides a domain-wide view of the devices, showing the number of devices in each health state.
    Gopher for Chrome > Run Reports > Device Cache > Cache Admin Settings
  • The Battery Health report lets get information on specific devices in each state. After running the report, use the Google Sheets column filters to drill down on a specific subset of devices.
    Gopher for Chrome > Run Reports > Device Telemetry > Poor Battery Health
  • The Battery Health by OU report has one row per OU with the count of devices for each battery health status, along with a link to the admin console page with the Chrome settings for that OU.
    Gopher for Chrome > Run Reports > Device Telemetry > Battery Health by OU
  • Storage and battery data is added to the Device Cache sheet. When loading your devices via the Device Cache, you can now see the battery health and storage used per device. You can use this information to filter and bulk clean up devices.
March 17, 2022: BETA - New Battery Health Status Widget and Poor Battery Health report

Gopher for Chrome > Run Reports > Device Cache > Cache Admin Settings

In this update, we’ve concentrated our focus on Battery Health monitoring, providing you with another tool for gaining insight across your Chromebook fleet. Specifically, monitoring the condition or state of all batteries across your fleet. Using this information you can plan device repairs, recycling, and replacements.

  • The Battery Health State widget has been added to the Gopher for Chrome Web app. It provides a domain-wide view of the devices, showing the number of devices at each health state.

Gopher for Chrome > Run Reports > Device Telemetry > Poor Battery Health

  • The Battery Health Report lets get information on specific devices at each state. After running the report, use the Google Sheets column filters to drill down on a specific subset of devices.

March 16, 2022: Updated Gopher Buddy Installer

Gopher for Chrome > Load managed devices from > Device Cache

  • The installer for the Gopher Buddy extension has been updated. The previous installer required you to authenticate before accessing the install wizard. The updated wizard does not require authentication and opens differently if the extension was or was not already installed. Here’s what’s changed:

    • The release install link has changed.

    • The behavior of the link has changed:

      • If the Gopher Buddy extension is not installed, the installation wizard opens to step 1.

      • If the Gopher Buddy extension is installed, the page opens to the Setup Panel, Assign Admin Account tab.

    • See the Install and setup Gopher Buddy article which walks you through the installation via sheets.
      Note: We recommend installing from Sheets rather than the Admin console Marketplace.

February 10, 2022: Include Gopher Buddy Data When Importing from Device Cache

Gopher for Chrome > Load managed devices from > Device Cache

  • For Gopher Premium users, a new toggle Include data collected from the Gopher Buddy extension appears on the Bulk updates tab when Update from Device Cache is selected. The toggle gives you the option to include data collected from the Gopher Buddy extension in the import. When set to ON, Gopher Buddy data appears in the Gopher Buddy Session Data (read-only) section of the Device Cache tab.

January 12, 2022: Last Sync added to Device Details when Importing Device Cache

Gopher for Chrome > Load managed devices from > Device Cache

  • The Last Sync column is a new column in the Device Details section of the Device Cache tab, between Status and Last Enrollment Time. This tab gets created when you load managed devices from the device cache.

October 28, 2021: Load Devices from Device cache enhancements

Gopher for Chrome > Load managed devices from > Device Cache

Gopher for Chrome > Bulk actions > Updated from Device Cache

  • The following device properties are editable in the Device Cash sheet: Org unit path, Annotated user, Annotated asset ID, Annotated Location, and Notes.

  • A new choice appears on the Bulk updates tab: Update from Device Cache.

October 12, 2021: Load Devices from Device cache, Missing report authorization

Gopher for Chrome > Load managed devices from > Cached quick device fleet report
Admin console

  • When loading from the Cached quick device fleet report, the report would not run if the user had not visited the reports tab and authorized reports. In this release, if the user has not authorized reports, the Authorize button appears on the tab. Users must click Authorize before the Load to Sheet button appears.
  • See the Load Devices article.
October 11, 2021: Load devices from Admin console, Pre-provisioned filter

Gopher for Chrome > Load managed devices from > Admin console

  • Chrome OS zero-touch enrollment is where a pre-provisioning partner (device manufacturer, distributor, or reseller) sends instructions to Google to automatically enroll a Chrome device into a customer’s domain after a device is turned on and connected to the internet. This release adds is Pre-provisioned as a Device Status filter when loading managed devices from the Admin console.
  • See the Load Devices article.
September 15, 2021: Load devices: Alert and resolution for duplicate Asset IDs
  • During manual entry of device id/serial numbers, Load to sheet is not available if there are duplicate entries. This update adds a warning message showing the number of duplicates, a list of the first 10 duplicates, and a Fix It button to remove duplicates.
  • See the Load Devices article.

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