The convenience of modern smartphones and the emergence of video calling services have all but made traditional phone lines an outdated technology. Although it has failed to garner the same media coverage as services like Skype, Google has offered its own internet-based telephone service in the past; a feature that has vanished with the recent redesign of Gmail. However, amid a flurry of public support, Google is bringing it back.
Alex Wiesen, a senior software engineer involved in the project, wrote, “For those of you who have taken the plunge and are using desktop Hangouts in Gmail, Google + and the Chrome extension, we’ve heard you loud and clear that you miss the ability to make calls from Gmail, so today, we’re happy to announce it’s back.”
Read more about Google’s voice calling service on Gmail at Techspot.