Gmail gets SMS messaging

Google is adding a lot of new features to Gmail like Gadgets, Emoticons, Canned responses, Mail Googles etc. Google is rolling out a new feature for Gmail which allows you to send SMS from your chat window in the left hand pane. The feature is available through the Gmail Labs and you will have to enable it from the settings page.

The new feature will be slowly rolled out to all the users. To use it, a Gmail user will have to enter a mobile number in the chat window to enable the “Send SMS” pop-up window. The sender will also be assigned a number so that the receiver can also send messages to the sender using the number. A new number will be assigned each time user sends a SMS message.

Currently this service is only for the US residents. I am hoping that they might soon make it available to the rest of the world.