With the rise of video conferencing, Google is increasingly pushing Meet across its products. Gmail for Android and iOS are adding a dedicated “Meet” tab and the ability to quickly make/take calls inside the app.
Google’s rationale for this integration is how it wants to let you “easily join video meetings from your inbox.” On the web, this presents as Meet shortcuts in the sidebar, while the mobile apps will see a new tab at the bottom of the screen.
The “Meet” tab will show a “My Meetings” list of all upcoming scheduled calls. Upon tapping any meet.google.com URL from that view, in an email, or third-party app, you’ll be taken to a new preview screen that provides basic details like length and who is in the call.
This screen will note what account you’re “Joining as” and check your video feed before joining. In fact, this Meet experience in Gmail will replace the standalone Google Meet app when opening a link, though the client will remain available and get some tweaks.
A big blue “New meeting” button above lets you “get a meeting link to share,” “start an instant meeting,” or “Schedule in Google Calendar.” There’s also the option to quickly “Join with a code.”
Meanwhile, the functionality you are used to in Gmail will be under the “Mail” tab. Google recognizes that some people might not like a bottom bar taking up their screen, so there will be the ability to disable — just like the web — and use Gmail regularly:
If you don’t want Meet to appear as a tab in the Gmail app, access the Settings from the hamburger menu in the top left corner of your inbox, tap on your account, scroll down and uncheck Meet.
This Meet tab in Gmail for Android and iOS is rolling out over the “coming weeks.”
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