First announced by Google last September, the feature enables you to immediately initiate a call instead of having to send another link to a conference call, just like how it has been with Google Meet.
“As some teams begin to return to office, while others remain distributed, we hope this makes it easier to connect with your colleagues in the hybrid work world. This feature will allow you to seamlessly switch between chat to a video or audio call when needed, helping you collaborate and move your work forward,” Google wrote on the post.
This new instant calling feature is found on the Google Chat inside Gmail and can be used by clicking the phone or video icon on the top-right corner of any 1:1 chat.
You can also join an active call by selecting the phone or video icon under your contact’s name. While on a call, you’ll see a banner of the person you’re on a call with, the call duration, and a Meet icon in the chat roster.
And in case you failed to answer a call, you’ll see a red mark under the name of the person you missed it from.
It is important to note that the feature requires the Gmail app, whether you already have the Google Chat installed on your device or not. “If you do not have the Gmail app on your device, you’ll be prompted to download it via Google Play store or the App Store,” the company said.
The feature has begun launching on personal and Workspace accounts on both Android and iOS devices.