Gmail for Android and iOS will soon get a dedicated Google Meet tab
It’s no mystery that Google has been pushing Meet more and more in recent months. Due to the rise in demand for video calling apps, Google has rebranded the service and made it available to non-G Suite users. The company is now bringing Google Meet to its own tab in the Gmail app for Android and iOS.
In a move that will surely annoy some people, the Gmail app will get a new tab at the bottom of the screen for “Meet.” The tab shows a list of upcoming meetings and it has shortcuts to quickly start a meeting or join a meeting with a code. In addition, tapping on a link to a Google Meet meeting in Gmail will bring up a new preview screen with some information about the call before joining. This is where you can choose to use video/audio or to share your screen.
Of course, not everyone uses Google Meet, and having a large tab for it at the bottom of Gmail could be pretty annoying. Thankfully, Google realizes this and will allow people to hide the tab. To do this you can go to the Gmail settings, tap on your account, scroll down the screen, and uncheck “Meet.”
Google Meet is a nice video conferencing option, but in true Google fashion, things are getting a bit muddy with its video calling strategy. Google Duo recently just added the ability to do group video calls on the web with up to 32 people. Meet was originally for G Suite users only, but now that it’s open to everyone we have to wonder how Duo and Meet fit together.