Gmail makes phone numbers clickable

By on March 11, 2011, 11:03 AM
Google has made a very small update to Gmail today: phone numbers now appear as links. The search giant launched Gmail calling back in August 2010, so we're a little bit surprised it took the company this long to make this little change.

The tweak means you no longer have to get out your phone and retype a number when someone sends you one in an e-mail or chat message. All you have to do is click the number, and Gmail's dialpad will pop up with the number you're trying to call. Click Call and you're on your way. A little green phone icon next to numbers in your contacts will allow you to do the same thing.

If you don't already have Google's voice and video plug-in installed, you'll be prompted to do so first. As a result, the change works as a small advertisement for Google since many users will likely click the number out of curiosity to see what happens.

Late last year, Google announced that it was extending free calling to all of the US and Canada until December 31, 11:59PM 2011. Calling in Gmail is currently only available to US based Gmail users. You can start using it on Windows, Mac, or Linux by navigating to Google.com/Chat/Voice.





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example1013 said:

This better not be as bad as the "feature" in android. I hate it there, because if I accidentally hit any random group of numbers, no matter how long the group is, Android says "oh, that's a phone number", and opens up the dialer and sticks the number in. Annoying as hell.

Guest said:

"Calling in Gmail is currently only available to US based Gmail users."

Not true, I have been using this feature, in Gmail, since it was available in Canada.

Luke

matrix86 matrix86 said:

Guest said:

"Calling in Gmail is currently only available to US based Gmail users."

Not true, I have been using this feature, in Gmail, since it was available in Canada.

Luke

Yeah, well, nobody cares about Canada :P

Leeky Leeky said:

What about the tiny Island country in Western Europe... You Americans always get the cool features while us UK people sit here and watch you all get bored of using it before we get too!

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