With the ongoing pandemic and most businesses’ work-from-home policies, video conferencing has been on the rise. So much so, Google’s pushing its product Meet across all its products.
The company announced that in early July 2020, it will “launch a dedicated Meet tab in Gmail for iOS and Android that will be available to all G Suite users”. The best part of this integration is that users will be able to join secure video meetings straight from Gmail without the need to open another app.
The goal. To ease the process of joining video meetings straight from your inbox. In Gmail on the web, users can see a sidebar, however, in the mobile app users will see a new tab at the bottom of the screen.
When users click on the new Meet tab in Gmail’s mobile app, they will see a ‘My Meetings’ list showing all the upcoming scheduled video meetings.
The launch of this new integration for mobile has the usual functionality plus a few new options. For example, when a user clicks on a Meet link – meet.google.com – from their mobile device, they’ll be directed to the Gmail app in order to join a meeting.
Since some users might not like a tab taking up the bottom of their screen, Google also allows the feature to be disabled and for them to continue using Gmail as usual.
Why should you care? With the COVID-19 mayhem still tormenting the world, an easy process of joining work – or personal – video meetings directly from the Gmail mobile app saves time and, to top it off, it doesn’t require a lot of technical acrobatics to do so.