Gmail brings Google Chat, Meet and Rooms features to all users. This feature was only limited to Google Enterprise users, and Google makes it available to individual free account holders.
Gmail is now having four new tabs-Mail, Chat, Meet, and Rooms. So that anything can be done on one tab. This integration’s tabs will be available to Android and Web users. There has been no word on when iOS users will be able to use the feature.
Chat allows users to contact a single person or a small group of Google users. Rooms tend to be a Slack rival based on large groups of users who can share files and tasks. T
The sidebar with the four categories will appear on the side of the screen by default in Gmail’s Web client and can be hidden by clicking on the chevron (double-arrow icon).
The design of these new features is close to that of Google Chat’s standalone app. Users will be able to uninstall the dedicated chat app if these features are added to Gmail.
How to activate Chat tab on Gmail
On the support page, Google has mentioned the steps to activate the new features for the Android app or the Web client.
On Android, head to Settings > Personal Gmail account > General > Chat (Early Access) > Try it. The app will restart and guide how to use the new feature. If you have the standalone Google Chat app, it will ask you to switch off notifications from it as well.
On the webpage, head to Settings > All settings > Chat and Meet > Google Chat (Early Access) > Save changes.