Google tests voice calls in Gmail

(Updated) Gmail should now allow voice calls to be made from the Chat service of the email service, advances C | Net. The specialist site says “knowing that Google is testing a web-based service integrated into Gmail that will allow users to make phone calls from their mailboxes”.

The window, intended for what is described as a kind of web-based service for making Voice over IP calls, can be activated from the service’s Chat contact list, which is displayed on the left side of the Gmail inbox. .

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The web-based e-mail service, which already allowed video chatting, will receive and make phone calls through an interface that is similar to Google Voice, adds the website, which provides a screenshot of the window dedicated to new functions.

However, no reference is made to the dates foreseen for implementing the novelty, nor is it known whether the service will allow calls to be made to telephone numbers, for example – as is the case with Voice over Internet services. IP like Skype.

Contacted by the same source, Google admitted to constantly testing new features and products, but said it had nothing specific to advertise.

The novelty comes as a result of the acquisition of Gizmo5, at the end of 2009, and the work developed to integrate the company’s technology in the products of the research giant.

Editorial Note: Google has officially announced the availability of the new feature, which allows you to make and receive calls, from your email service, to phone numbers inside and outside the United States. It is currently only accessible to users located in the USA, but the company proposes to extend the service to other regions.