The app is initially only available on Android and will also be released for iOS later this year. In the new Gmail app you can directly edit, chat and video call received documents without having to switch between other apps.
According to Google, the new Gmail app should become an integrated workplace where professionals have everything at their fingertips in one app. The most important elements are collected at the bottom in four tabs:
- Mail: the old, trusted Gmail environment you already know today on Android.
- Chat: here you can chat with colleagues individually or in small groups.
- Rooms: virtual spaces where you can chat and share files and tasks to better collaborate on a project in groups.
- Meet: all (video) meetings that you can follow from the app are shown here.
The Meet video calling feature is available today with every Gmail user, regardless of whether you have G Suite or not. Mail has otherwise remained unchanged. The focus of the update is on Chat and Rooms.
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In addition, you can now edit a shared document directly in the Gmail app. You no longer have to switch between other Google apps. Google Tasks is also making its way into Gmail with special settings for groups such as ‘do not disturb’ or ‘out of office’.
You can also pin important Rooms at the top to keep the overview and you can see files that are available per room. Searches in the app can be specifically filtered by e-mail and chat messages. Finally, you can start new meetings or see your list of future meetings under the Meet button.
The new Gmail app will first roll out to G Suite domains that have the ‘Chat preferred’ option checked. This automatically disables classic (old) Hangouts as well. G Suite users who are in the Rapid Release track can expect the new app any time. Those who prefer to wait for extra stability will automatically be offered the app from 1 September.