Google Really Softpedaling That New Phone Service!

There’s something a mite coy about Google’s announcement today of a new service allowing users to make phone calls via Gmail to any number in the U.S. or Canada…for free. 

“We’ve been testing this feature internally,” writes software engineer Robin Schriebman, on the Gmail blog, “and have found it to be useful in a lot of situations, ranging from making a quick call to a restaurnat to placing a call when you’re in an area with bad reception.” 

(Also: burying Skype, total world domination, and ordering takeout while playing Halo.)

Whether Schriebman, a graduate of Harvey Mudd College who has been with Google just short of three years, is the lead engineer on this new application or one of a large team isn’t spelled out in the post, but she clearly has the chops. Back in school, she made a robot out of a Barbie Jammin’ Jeep. Check it out:

 

Google Really Softpedaling That New Phone Service!