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Now, Gmail App Can Make Live Voice & Video Calls

Credit: The Verge
Google is increasingly competing in providing communication services. One-on-one voice and video calling has launched for Google Chat within the Gmail app for iOS and Android.

Ditur was first announced last September, but starting December 7 the feature is rolling out to anyone with a Google Workspace, G Suite, or personal Google account.

Before users were given the convenience of starting calls from within the Gmail application. But so far it's still involved sending out invitations to Google Meet video conferencing, which I feel is unnecessary for one-on-one calls. However, if there is one, there will be a simple phone and video icon at the top right of each one-on-one chat that can be used for calls.

This simple addition aims to advance Google to make Gmail the center of all its communications services. Google even states that users will be redirected to the Gmail app, even if you initiate a call from within the Google Chat app.

Email is now in just one of the four tabs in the current Gmail app, alongside Chat, Spaces (Google's Slack-style messaging service), and Meet.

How to make voice and video calls in the Gmail application is easy.

  • Open the Gmail app.
  • Start a conversation with someone using the Chat tab.
  • Select and press the call or video call button in the upper right corner of the chat room.
  • Wait until they receive the call.
When a user makes a voice or video call with another person, the user will see a blue icon next to the other person in the Chat tab and another blue flyer at the top of the screen.

If the user misses a call from someone, the user will see a red "missed call" icon next to their name in the Chats tab.

With this feature, you must use the Gmail application on your smartphone. If your Gmail account is attached to another email app, like the default Mail app on the iPhone for example, you'll be redirected to the Gmail app when you receive a call or you'll be prompted to download the Gmail app before doing so.(*)

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