A year ago, Google reported that the future of Gmail will see Chat messaging and group Rooms join the current Meet video calling integration. This is now accessible to enterprise Workspace users, and Google is currently letting personal Gmail accounts get this “integrated workspace.”
This merger comes as Google needs to make Gmail your new “home for work.” The goal is to allow clients to complete everything in one page without continuing to switch between different tabs. Since you’re probably going to have Gmail open on desktop, that is the place where Google is integrating everything.
Gmail currently has four main sections. “Mail” and “Meet” have been set up for as far back as couple of months. “Chat” is the where you can message individual and little groups, while “Rooms” — like their Slack equivalents — are dedicated to larger conversations with shared chat, files, and tasks.
This shows as a bottom bar with four tabs on Android, while the Gmail sidebar on the web is split into four sections. They are appeared naturally, yet can be immediately covered up by clicking the chevron. Tapping a “Chat” opens that conversation in the bottom-right corner of your screen. Rooms open full-screen and replace the default list of messages. As seen beneath, one feature coming “in the future” is the capacity to have picture-in-picture Meet calls in Gmail.
Usefulness of these two new tabs are identical to the standalone Google Chat app with clients ready to delete the dedicated client. Close to the search bar, which would now be able to look into both “mail and chat,” on the web is a status indicator (Automatic, Do not upset, Set as away), with these controls in the Gmail route cabinet on versatile. Different changes incorporate updated “outline” icon designs all through the web interface.
Numerous free personal Google accounts today can empower the new Gmail with Chat on both Android and web. This experience isn’t yet accessible for the iOS application. Venture accounts need the permission of their admins. Make certain to have the most recent form of Gmail introduced from the Play Store to begin, with Google notice how “you might experience bugs and other issues.”
To get access, you need to enable Chat “Early Access” on every one of your Android devices and the web, just as Google Accounts. Activating on one doesn’t carry the new experience to all your Gmail instances.
How to turn on new Gmail with Chat, Rooms
- Open Settings (at lower part of nav cabinet)
- Tap personal Gmail account
- Under General, select “Chat (Early Access)”
- Click “Try it”
- Gmail application relaunches with tutorial and prompt to turn off notifications from standalone Google Chat app (if installed)
- Visit mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#settings/chat
- Select “Google Chat (Early Access) instead of “Classic Hangouts”
- Confirm pop-up box