Google Voice Calling in Gmail – Testing in Progress

Google [GOOG] looks to be testing some new features in Gmail that will see the email service turned in to a communications hub. The new services will allow users to make calls with Google Voice direct from the Google Chat interface.

CNET has learned that Google is testing a Web-based service within Gmail that will allow users to place phone calls from their in-boxes. It’s launched from the Google Chat window on the lower left-hand side of a Gmail page and allows users to place and receive calls from within their contacts through a user interface that strongly resembles the one used in Google Voice.

It’s certainly good to keep communication all in one place by allowing emails, voice calls and chat sessions to start on the same web service.

Right now it is unknown if Google Voice will change, or if the services will be capable of running on on both platforms to suit the needs of the user. It also isn’t clear when and if this Gmail integration will happen.


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