Google Meet vs. Zoom: which one is best for you? | Digital Trends Spanish
Working from home is the most “normal” thing in the world today, and video conferencing services like Google Meet and Zoom are proving to be invaluable resources for all types of businesses, large or small. Both services have a free version, and since the vast majority of users use them, we wanted to compare them to show their characteristics and particular advantages. Google Meet vs. Zoom, which is better the best option?
Google Meet has been on the market since 2017, but in late April 2020, Google launched a free version of Meet in response to gaining 100 million daily users, all due to global restrictions on working in the office. On the other hand, Zoom remains the king of this category of services, with more than 200 million daily users and offering a set of sophisticated features.
Each service has its pros and cons, but both are great for connecting people face-to-face over the internet at no cost. If you plan to meet with friends and family virtually or if you need to host 50 or more conference participants, both options will be very useful. Read on to determine which service is best for you.
Availability and accessibility
While Zoom is the most popular free video conferencing software, a notable benefit that Google Meet has is the ability to host a meeting through any web browser. In Zoom, participants can join a call using their browsers, but they must still open Windows 10 and MacOS software. On the other hand, both Zoom and Google Meet have free apps for Android and iOS devices, so users of the mobile versions can video conference from anywhere as needed.
The advantage of Google Meet is that you can access it through Google Chrome and other browsers directly, without the need to download add-ons or a desktop version, you just have to visit the link meet.google.com. Anyone logging into Google can schedule and join conferences, without having to create a separate account. Zoom offers add-ons for both Firefox and Chrome to schedule meetings, but currently does not allow you to do it natively without opening an application.
Number of participants and time limits
Currently, both Zoom and Google Meet offer meetings of up to 100 participants when using the free version. In September 2020, Google planned to limit meetings per Meet to 60 minutes, but finally, due to the COVID 19 pandemic, it decided to extend the free period until March 2021. In this way, you can make a video conference of up to 24 hours. On the other hand, Zoom has always offered 40 minute sessions. That has not changed.
Features and functions
Both Zoom and Google Meet offer a free variant of their services, along with a number of functions for different size meetings. Still, Zoom clearly stands out in terms of the capabilities and control that free account users have. Google Meet offers features including an audio and video preview screen to prepare for meetings, controls for meeting organizers, screen sharing, excellent cross-platform compatibility, and seamless integration with Microsoft Office and Google applications. However, Zoom offers all of the features mentioned above, and in many cases provides a significant upgrade from current Google Meet capabilities, even though Google is rapidly gaining ground.
For starters, while both services offer chat features to accompany your video conference, only Zoom allows you to raise your hand or use Emoji responses, at least until the December 15 update of Google Meet. The Google Meet preview screen only allows you to verify audio and video connections, while Zoom meeting rooms allow hosts to pre-screen participants, grant them access to the meeting, or initiate video conferences as needed. Zoom offers a set of virtual backgrounds and allows you to record meetings on your computer for free. On the other hand, Google Meet has only just started offering the option to blur the background and upload images to use in the background as well, in addition, meeting recording requires a paid subscription to G Suite.
Zoom meetings can see up to 49 participants, and as of September 15, 2020, Google Meet users too (but only on the web version). To use a whiteboard or survey participants on Google Meet, you need to open a separate app like Chrome Canvas or Jamboard to collaborate. By contrast, Zoom has a built-in whiteboard and polling capabilities.
Google Meet’s Workplace Essentials plan costs $ 8 per user on a monthly basis and comes with a variety of updates. These include meetings of up to 300 hours in length, a maximum of 150 participants, 24-hour customer support, the ability to record meetings on Google Drive, and international and US phone numbers. On the other hand, the Enterprise version offers all of that but allows up to 250 participants in a meeting, in addition to offering intelligent noise cancellation and the option to broadcast live for 100,000 people.
Zoom Pro costs $ 15 per month per user and improves the basic account: removes the 40 minute time limit on meetings, allows you to record meetings and save them to the Zoom cloud with 1 GB of storage, stream the meetings live directly on social media, more user management and administration options, and access to the Zooms reporting section for detailed data on meeting duration, participants, and times. Additionally, Pro account users get access to Zoom video webinars and features like Zoom API access, Zoom Rooms and licenses and audio plans for large meetings.
One area where Google Meet is the clear winner is security. Over the past year, cases of people “Zoombombing,” that is, disrupting Zoom meetings with offensive content, have made headlines multiple times. While Zoom has gone to considerable lengths to prevent this from happening in the future, Google Meet has not reported any such breaches yet, due to its superior level of encryption.
In terms of which service offers more, the paid version of Google Meet grants access to relatively basic enhancements, unlike Zoom, which provides more value. In this way, Zoom gives users developer access and access to other Zoom features for $ 15 per month, while Google Meet plus G Suite costs $ 20 per month for both programs.
Which one is the best for you?
Whether you prefer Zoom or Google Meet will largely depend on the specific features you need, such as easy integration with other software or recording a meeting for free. While Google Meet is ideal for those looking to integrate their video chats with G Suite capabilities and the most intimate meetings, Zoom’s unique dedication to video conferencing delivers a more robust experience for larger conferences and corporate clients, for example. . By our current estimate, Zoom is slightly ahead of the game when it comes to features and interface, but Google Meet proves that imitation is the sincerest form of admiration and is continually on the heels of Zoom.