Gmail Now Converts Phone Numbers and Addresses to Links on Desktop and in iOS Apps

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Google today announced an update to Gmail that will see the popular mail client able to convert addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and contacts to into clickable hyperlinks.

The new hyperlink feature is available on the web and in the Gmail mobile apps for iOS and Android -- Gmail and Inbox by Gmail. This is something that has long been available in Apple's own Mail app on iOS and Mac devices.


When an address is clicked from Gmail, it will automatically open up Google Maps. Clicking an email address will compose a new email using the user's default email client, and clicking a phone number will start a call request.

Google says it will take approximately one to three days for the new feature to roll out to all users.

Tags: Google, Gmail

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40 months ago
Wait this wasn’t already a thing in the Gmail app?
Yikes
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40 months ago

Apple can learn a thing or two from Google about software.

I agree Apple can learn a thing or two or ten about software. But definitely not from Google.
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40 months ago

Love the Gmail app.

The Apple mail app is seriously terrible.

Apple can learn a thing or two from Google about software.

I agree with the exception of messaging. iMessage is leaps and bounds better than any of the dozen or so messaging services Google has.
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40 months ago
Love the Gmail app.

The Apple mail app is seriously terrible.

Apple can learn a thing or two from Google about software.
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40 months ago
Finally, this is something many iOS apps have had for years
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40 months ago
It's not that Google was unforgivably behind in implementing this feature. This is mostly due to Apple having a patent on this technology which expired in 2016.
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