Google announced in September that users on iOS and Android would be able to make calls directly from the Gmail app. Users could initially generate a Google Meet link in the app and share it with others via their preferred provider. They might also use the smartphone app to join meetings organised by others. Google has added direct call buttons to the Gmail app, making it easier to start audio and video calls.
Google revealed in a blog post (via The Verge) that the new audio and video call options in the Gmail mobile app are now available. The new buttons can be found in the conversations you access through the Chat tab. If you can’t see them right now, make sure you’re using the most recent app version. Google also states that it may take more than 15 days for this feature to reach all users, with the slow deployment beginning today.
All Google users, including Google Workspace, G Suite Basic, and Business clients, as well as users with personal Google accounts, can take advantage of this new capability. As a result, rather than being just an email software, Gmail has become the go-to app for all kinds of communications. Users who click the “Join a call” button in the Google Chat app will be taken to the Gmail app, according to the company.
The new layout is reminiscent of Google’s now-defunct Hangouts service. What Google has planned for the present Gmail app is unknown. However, it’s clear that the corporation wants it to grow into a more comprehensive service that includes a variety of communication options. Mail, Chat, Rooms, and Meet are the four bottom tabs in the app currently. This design eliminates the need for users to switch between apps in order to collaborate with their colleagues.