Google introduced voice and video calling to Google Meet in September of this year. Therefore, you may now make 1:1 audio and video calls to the people in your chats using Google Chat in Gmail. The conversations will also show additional information such as missed calls and details of ongoing calls.
For those who are unaware, audio and video calls were previously integrated into Google Meet, but they are now also being added to Google Chats. By tapping the link created by the caller to join a call, one can use the capability in Google Meet. No longer is a special link needed to be produced for conversations; calls can now be placed directly to a specific chat. Users can call someone from their contact list by just dialling their number.
You may now start or join meetings and audio conversations from 1:1 chats in Google Chat in Gmail on Android and iOS, according to a statement from Google announcing the new capabilities. This feature will initially only be accessible for 1:1 chats.
Here is how to make or join voice and video calls in Google Chats in Gmail
To call someone directly in a 1:1 chat, first choose the phone or video icon in the top right corner of the window.
To join a call, use the phone or video chat option within the 1:1 chat. While on the phone, you can see a banner of the person you’re speaking with, the length of the call, and a Meet icon in the chat roster.
Red phone or video icons will appear in the chat roster and conversation to show missed calls.
The call will be redirected to the Gmail app even though you can choose to join a call from the Google Chat app. If you don’t already have the Gmail app on your smartphone, you’ll be requested to download it from the Google Play Store or the App Store. We’ll publish an update on the Google Workspace Updates Blog when this capability becomes available for the Google Chat mobile app.
Keep in mind that when Meet video calling is enabled, this feature will be accessible for Google Chat in Gmail. Additionally, it will be available by default on iOS and Android devices. Both the caller and the recipient must have the most recent Gmail version.
Google added, “We hope this makes it easier for you to connect with your colleagues in the hybrid work world as some teams begin to return to the office, while others remain distributed.” When necessary, this tool will let you easily transition from a conversation to a video or audio call, facilitating collaboration and advancing your job.
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