Google Chat in Gmail rolling out instant, no link 1:1 Meet calls

Back in September, Google showed an example of how Chat allows you to make one-on-one Meet calls without having to use URLs. Similar to classic Hangouts, this feature is now launched in the version of Google Chat in Gmail.

When you send messages to someone from the Chat tab, you’ll soon see buttons in the upper right corner that let you start an audio or video call. This starts the call immediately instead of inserting a meeting / invitation link into the chat that the other person can click to join. As we noted before:

This makes sense for group meetings – with video links now normalized – but feels somewhat exaggerated when talking to just one person. Direct “Google Meet calls” is the company’s attempt to make “meetings more spontaneous”.

Meanwhile, active calls are marked with a blue banner at the top of the screen noting the person and duration. You will also see a “Meet icon in the chat list”, while missed calls will be marked in red.

Currently, Instant Meet calls are only available for one-on-one conversations and require the Gmail app, even if you have the standalone Google Chat client installed. Rolling out now for Android and iOS, it comes to both personal and Workspace accounts.

As some teams begin to return to the office while others remain distributed, we hope it makes it easier to get in touch with your colleagues in the hybrid work world. This feature allows you to seamlessly switch between chat to a video or audio call when needed, and helps you collaborate and move your work forward.

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