Last Updated on 14/12/2021 by Ulka
Google Chat inside the Gmail app on iOS and Android now supports one-on-one voice and video calls, the company revealed. The functionality was first revealed in September, but it is now available to anyone with a Google Workspace, G Suite, or personal Google account as of December 6th.
It was previously possible to initiate calls from within the Gmail app, but doing so required sending an invitation to a Google Meet video conference call, which seemed overkill for a one-on-one conversation. In the future, simple phone and video icons will appear in the upper right corner of every one-on-one conversation, which can be used to make calls.
It’s a little change, but it helps Google achieve its objective of making Gmail the major hub for all of its communication services. Even if you start a call from the Google Chat app, you’ll be sent to the Gmail app, according to Google’s post. Emails are now merely one of the four tabs in the current Gmail interface, alongside Chat, Spaces (Google’s Slack-style messaging service), and Meet, as my colleague Dieter Bohn noticed out in September (its video conferencing service).