Ring-Ring, Your Gmail is calling!

Google's on a roll lately, releasing various new products and features for a wide range of their products. The latest one that's incoming is a feature that will allow you to make phone calls from within Gmail.

CNet reports that Google may be turning Gmail into a "communications hub" and adding a fully featured VOIP facility to Gmail, with CNET receiving several screenshots of the new features. The features published show the ability to call the U.S or Canada for free, as well as being able to top-up your account to call international numbers. The service is launched in the same manner you would initiate a voice call over the internet using Google Talk now, by clicking in the chat window on the left side of Gmail.

Google's been working with voice before, with "Google Voice" being available in the U.S over the last year, a service that allows a user to have one phone number that rings multiple numbers, and with "Google Talk," it's current built-in Gmail voice and chat offering.

The search giant last year bought a VOIP company called "Gizmo5", a company that specialised in web based VOIP technology. Other screenshots of the product actually showed up on the Google Operating System Blog in June this year, which seem to line up with the ones released today. Cnet points out that it's "not clear" if this is a service seperate to Google Voice or as part of it, even though the services share the same icons for connected and missed calls.

Google was contacted for comment but would not confirm or deny the feature; "Google is always testing new features and products, but we have nothing specific to announce right now."

Image Credit: CNet

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Just tried this, it's working awesome. Too bad I can't use this on my Android phone though ... now THAT would be cool

Quattrone:
FYI: around 500 millions of people are living currently in the EU, also the overall GDP is higher then US and Canada both. Also you may know that not every country in Europe is part of the EU yet. These numbers go possibly higher easily, not to mention the eastern countries...
Not only US and EU exist on this planet, Google knows it well, you remember how they are holding to China as well apart from their different policy. It's business after all.

Sorry for not using the reply button, although I remember pressing it...

thealexweb said,

Why exactly? More potential users in other countries.

Not it will be more caotic for google to expand to more countries. Also the EU have too much regulations. Look at how difficult is for Microsoft to do business over there. Google please keep it in the US and Canada. It's a 370 millions of people in these two countries. More than what the EU can provide.

Quattrone said,
Not it will be more caotic for google to expand to more countries. Also the EU have too much regulations. Look at how difficult is for Microsoft to do business over there. Google please keep it in the US and Canada. It's a 370 millions of people in these two countries. More than what the EU can provide.

500 million people live in the EU alone, no the EU can provide more, a lot more.

The iPod Touch 3Gs would be the luckiest mobile devices on earth if we received this feature as an app besides Skype (aka pay as you go service)

xTerry said,
The iPod Touch 3Gs would be the luckiest mobile devices on earth if we received this feature as an app besides Skype (aka pay as you go service)

Google Voice has already been thrown out of the app store, as a result the FTC are currently investigating Apple and AT&T.

thealexweb said,

Google Voice has already been thrown out of the app store, as a result the FTC are currently investigating Apple and AT&T.

oh well...skype it is. Til i get my ATT activated >_>

I saw a really nice phone with Android. This would just finish things off nicely if we got cheaper or free phone calls! Pity i live in the UK

Nagamasa said,

Canada too?!

Not necessarily. Google voice is US only (apart from that one area code in Sask. that's included) but it also allows free calls to anywhere in the US and Canada.

Raa said,
One problem....

US Only.


yeah yeah... cant wait for this feature. dont have to search for my phone when i am working on my computer.