Google Chat In Gmail Now Allows Instant Audio & Video Calls

Google Chat in Gmail now allows you to make 1:1 audio and video calls, according to a blog post published on WorkSpaceUpdates. The business has made the upgrade available just to mobile customers on Android and iOS devices, and it is limited to 1:1 talks only.

This means you'll only be able to make voice and video calls with specific persons from your chat list. In Gmail's chat roster, you'll also notice missed calls and details on current calls. Users who have enabled Google Chat in Gmail will now see the phone and video symbols in the top-right corner of a 1:1 chat as a result of the update, which was first announced in September. You can make an audio or video call by tapping on either of these icons, depending on your preference.

A blue banner will appear at the top of the screen in Gmail to alert you to an ongoing call. It will include the caller's name as well as the duration of the call. In the conversation and chat roster, Gmail will display a red phone or video icon to signify missed calls. All users with personal Google accounts, as well as Google Workspace, G Suite Basic, and Business customers, will be able to access the improved calling experience. To make and receive calls, both the caller and the receiver must be using the most recent version of Gmail. Google is urging Hangouts users to switch to the Gmail Chat app.

The company started signing out Hangouts users in August with a banner, "Hangouts is being replaced by Google Chat." Enterprise users of Hangouts have only a few months left to transition off the service, as Google's deadline of the end of 2021 has passed. While the change was initially intended for Google Workspace users, it is progressively becoming available to all users as the Hangouts service is being phased out.

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