‘Calls’ the Slack alternative to Google Hangouts has been around since last month for desktop users — if your team has it enabled. This month, Slack had been playing around with Calls for mobile devices, a feature that beta users have access to while the rest of the world is still using Google Voice, or (shudder) their phones to make calls.
Slack's mobile calling is 🔥. Bye, Hangouts. pic.twitter.com/19nEVE5y6O
— Owen Williams ⚡️ (@ow) April 10, 2016
The feature is currently available for Android or iOS users who are in the beta program, and have the most recent version of the app.
To start a call, simply open an individual or group direct message and click the small arrow icon at the top to reveal a menu. Inside the menu, near the bottom there’s a feature that says “Call (user).”
The feature dropped late last week and for many organizations that rely on Slack — like TNW — the ability to remain within the platform to handle quick inter-office calling and group meetings is definitely a welcome addition.