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This article was published on June 18, 2014

Google Search now lets you call businesses via Hangouts from your computer

Google Search now lets you call businesses via Hangouts from your computer Image by: Sean Gallup
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Nick Summers is a technology journalist for The Next Web. He writes on all sorts of topics, although he has a passion for gadgets, apps and Nick Summers is a technology journalist for The Next Web. He writes on all sorts of topics, although he has a passion for gadgets, apps and video games in particular. You can reach him on Twitter, circle him on Google+ and connect with him on LinkedIn.

If you head over to Google Search and type in the name of a local business, followed by the keyword “phone,” you’ll now see a linked number at the top of the page. As Mayur Kamat explains on Google+, this shortcut lets you instantly call the company using Google Hangouts.

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It’s a small shortcut, but one that should appeal to devoted Google Voice users. Calls to businesses in the US and Canada are free, while dialling an international number will incur a small fee. Admittedly, this isn’t the most revolutionary feature, but it builds on the useful cards and Knowledge Graph tools already baked into Google’s incredibly popular search engine.

Mayar Kamat [via Google+]

Featured image credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images