Google has finally added a new feature which nobody thought that it did not exist. The new feature on Google’s email service is so blatantly obvious that it does not seem like a new addition anymore. In its latest update, Google has added the capability to Gmail to automatically identify addresses, phone numbers, and contacts to the Gmail website and mobile apps. This includes ‘Inbox’ in Gmail too. This feature essentially means that the above-mentioned things will be automatically converted to clickable hyperlinks. The new hyperlink feature is available on the web and in the Gmail mobile apps for iOS and Android.
This feature has been present on Apple’s own Mail app on iOS and Mac devices since a long time now. However, finally, in the year 2017, Gmail decided that it should get this supremely basic functionality. It is even more surprising since Gmail is one of the most used email services on the earth. It is so late to the new feature that almost any other email service on the planet has it, even Apple’s Mail app (which is not considered a great service) has the feature. In fact, Android and iOS have actually had phone number linking for some time via an OS level function. However, the rest of it (including phone numbers on the web) are entirely new to Gmail.
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So now, if you tap on a street address, it will open Google Maps. Click on an email address, Gmail will open a compose window for a new email. If it is a mobile number, the feature will open the default dialer on your phone to make a call. It is baffling to see that Google realised that it should have this feature after such a long time. However, it’s definitely a welcome addition.
Meanwhile, Google has said that it will take approximately one to three days for the new feature to roll out to all users.