- Good news for Google users
- new feature on gmail app
- Can make audio and video calls
Make audio and video calls from the Gmail app
As of this week, you can enjoy one-on-one meetings and audio calls from Google Chat in the Gmail app. For now, it’s only available for one-on-one chat, so if you want to do group communication, it’s not possible right now. But if you want to initiate an audio or video call, it is very simple. Simply open one-on-one chat and tap on the phone icon or the video icon in the top right corner.
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If you want to join someone else’s call, you’ll see an option to do so in your one-on-one chat with them. Once you start or join a call, you’ll see a banner at the top of the screen with the name of the person you’re talking to. Also, here you will also see the duration of the call. You’ll also see a Meet icon in the chat roster.
Also, if you miss a call, you’ll see a red phone or video icon next to the caller’s name. It’s a simple addition, but let’s turn the Gmail app into a one-stop-shop for all your Google Chat needs.
Here’s why you might want to use this new feature, according to the Gmail team:
As some teams begin to return to the office while others remain distributed, we hope this will make it easier to connect with your colleagues in the world of hybrid work. This feature will allow you to switch between chats to video or audio calls when needed, helping you collaborate and carry on with your work.
More information about the new feature
If you often use Google Chat for work or just to talk to friends, then know that you are going to visit the Gmail app very often. Google says that from now on if you select “Join a Call” from the Google Chat app, you will be automatically redirected to the Gmail app. If you don’t have the Gmail app, your phone will ask you to download it from Google Play or the App Store.
Google says that the feature will be available on Android and iOS devices by default. Both you and the person you want to call need to have the latest version/latest version of the Gmail app installed.
Like many new features of Google, this rollout is also going to happen gradually. So if you can’t find the new icons on your Gmail app, don’t panic. Google has started the extended rollout of the update on December 6. It may take 15 days or more for this feature to actually pop up on your phone.