Are you one of those Google Talk users who didn’t make the switch to Hangouts in Gmail because you like making calls? Yeah, me too. I like the updated interface of Hangouts, but the inability to make calls was a Gmail deal breaker.

Google has heard our cries, and blessed Hangouts with the ability to make calls! Inside of Gmail, much like we currently can with Google Talk, Hangouts will soon give us the ability to make calls. The updated Hangouts interface is also here, and there are some fresh new tools to help usher in a new era of Hangouts phone calls.

The update is rolling out over the next few days, so keep an eye out.

First, you can add multiple numbers or video participants to a hangout. So, conference calling while doing a hangout is possible, or simply having a few people on the line to make plans. We can also use the Google Effects app to play things like laughter or applause, for those times when nobody gets your joke.

The update is rolling out over the next few days, so keep an eye out. When you get it, you’ll see a little phone icon next to the field where you type in participants for a new hangout. Click on that icon, select “Call a phone” from the drop-down menu, and you’re on your way!

This will also work in the Chrome extension for Hangouts, with “Call a phone” nestled between “Customize new request” and “Archived Hangouts” in the drop-down menu. If you have it already, please feel free to comment below and let us know how you like it compared to the Google Talk version!

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