In September, Google announced that users on iOS and Android will be able to make calls directly from the Gmail app. Users could initially create a Google Meet link in the app and share it with others via their preferred service. They could also use the mobile app to join meetings organized by others. Google has added direct call buttons to the Gmail app, making it easier to initiate audio and video calls.
Google has announced that the new audio and video call buttons in the Gmail mobile app are now available. The new buttons can be found in conversations accessed via the Chat tab. If you can’t see them right away, make sure you’re running the most recent version of the app. Google also mentions that it may take more than 15 days for this feature to reach all users, with the gradual rollout beginning today.
This new feature is available to all Google users, including customers of Google Workspace, G Suite Basic, and Business, as well as users with personal Google accounts. As a result, rather than being an email-only app, Gmail has become the go-to app for all types of communications. Users who click the “Join a call” button in the Google Chat app will be redirected to the Gmail app, according to the company.
The new interface is reminiscent of Google’s now-defunct Hangouts. It’s unclear what Google’s plans are for the current Gmail app. However, it is clear that the company intends to evolve into a more robust service that includes communication tools. Mail, Chat, Rooms, and Meet are now the app’s four bottom tabs. This design eliminates the need for users to switch between apps in order to complete tasks with their teams.