According to the company, Gmail phone calls are now available to all users. How to use it
This function is integrated into the main e-mail app as well as the separate Meet app in order to make communication even more convenient for everyone involved.
Google today announced the introduction of a new Gmail phone calling feature that allows users to have face-to-face voice calls right from the Gmail client. The functionality is expected to be released in a future update and consumers should see it gradually, if not all at once. Once the feature is available, users can make a voice call to another user, just like any other software that enables Internet-based voice calls, also known as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls.
As a result, Google is gradually converting Gmail into a comprehensive communications suite that is suitable for both workplace users and private home users. Currently, the primary Gmail user interface has four tabs: Email, Chat, Spaces, and Meet. This is a significant improvement over the previous version. While email is at the heart of Gmail, it’s obvious that it’s no longer of paramount importance. Instead, Google intends to take advantage of the widespread use of its main application, Gmail, and incorporate all of its features to drive sales.
Only the main Gmail app has access to the new Gmail phone calling feature, which Google will officially refer to as the Ring. It’s housed in a similar tab in the main Gmail app. It’s unclear whether Google will allow customers to make phone calls using their email addresses, or whether users will need to link their phone numbers and take all necessary security precautions to avoid spam and other security features. Google announced that users can hide the tab – or any tabs in the main Gmail application that they don’t want to use – if they don’t want to use it.
We are constantly researching how consumers will respond to the Gmail phone calling feature in the future. As you might expect, the goal is to encourage users to spend as much time as possible in the primary Gmail application. By bringing together all available communication options under one roof, Google hopes that more and more users will respond to their wishes. This should be particularly useful for people who use Google services extensively in their workplace, and the apparent value of combining all functions under one roof is immediately apparent to anyone who takes a closer look.
The Gmail phone call feature will initially be available to corporate users, after which it will be made available to normal, private users. Once it’s live in Gmail, Google is hoping to roll it out in the standalone Meet app as well at some point in the future, though there’s no specific schedule for when that will happen. The latter is almost certainly determined by how the people in the Gmail application themselves react to it.