Gmail Labs is the place to get new features that are introduced in to Gmail. Yesterday Gmail Labs has got a new feature that is quite useful, now it is possible to see the local time of your contacts in Gmail messages.
The new feature is “Sender Time Zone” which you can activate from Gmail settings > Labs tab. Once activated it will display a green phone icon if the time is appropriate to call or contact, and a red icon means these people are either sleeping or out of the office. The green icon will show up when the sender’s local time is between 9:00AM to 6:00PM in the local time zone.
By clicking on the “show details” link in Gmail messages you can see the local time zone with the icon.
From Google Blog, Message headers always include the time sent and often include time zone info too. We use that information to show you these icons. If the time zone isn’t included for a given message, this Labs feature won’t display anything.