Users can now make one-on-one video and voice calls on Google chat through Gmail, the company announced. This new update was announced previously in September and now Google is rolling out this update to all users.
This update is only for the smartphone’s users, so both iOS and Android users can use this new feature. All users of Gmail, G Suite, and Google workspace can use this feature once it is available for them.
With this update, users can make one-on-one voice and video calls to individuals on Google Chat that are already available in their chat list.
There was an option to make calls on Google Chat but users need to send an invite link of Google Meet to recipients. The recipients can join the call only through the meet link. Sending the Meet invite link seems to be one extra step to make the call.
Now Google has made the calling feature much easier by removing the extra step of sending the invite link. Voice and video call option will appear at the top right corner on Google Chat inside Gmail once the update will roll out. Users just need to tap on the button to make the call just like how it was done on Google Hangouts.
Users will be notified about the duration of the call as well as the person whom they are calling with the blue banner on the top of the app during the ongoing call. Similarly, users will also be notified about all the missed calls through a red icon in the chatbox.
All users can use this feature but they should be on the latest version of the Gmail app on iOS and on Android as well.
According to google:
“As some teams begin to return to the office, while others remain distributed, we hope this makes it easier to connect with your colleagues in the hybrid work world. This feature will allow you to seamlessly switch between chat to a video or audio call when needed, helping you collaborate and move your work forward.”
The addition of this feature makes it clear that Google wants to make Gmail a central hub for business communication.
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