The escalate demand of video calling during the COVID-19 pandemic has made tech companies to update their apps with more social distancing-friendly features. Now, iOS users using Gmail can make a quick call inside the app, thanks to the new Meet tab. The new addition on Android and iOS had been announced a month ago, and now it’s rolling out for iOS users. The android version of this feature is yet to come.
On the mobile device, you’ll see a new Tab at the bottom of your screen on the Gmail app, whereas on browser it shows up at the sidebar in Gmail. Featuring a My Meetings list of all scheduled calls in the new Meet tab, tapping any meet.google.com URL on your device will take you to a new preview screen that provides basic details about people who have joined the call.
The screen will show with which account you’re joining in and check your video feed accordingly. It will replace opening a Meet link experience, though Google Meet will remain available as a standalone app. A blue New meeting button on top lets you get a meeting link to share, start an instant meeting, or schedule one in Google Calendar. It has also added the option to quickly join a meeting with a code, right next to New meeting.
Meet on mobile is available to all G Suite customers and users with personal accounts. However, users with a G Suite for Education account that are not able to create Meet video meetings will need to use the Meet Android or iOS app to join meetings instead. It will take up to 15 days for feature visibility, as it’s a gradual rollout.