Zoom VS Google Meet: Which of the 2 is better? - The Happy Android

¿Google Meet or Zoom? Which of these 2 tools is better for group video conferencing? Since a few days ago Google announced that Meet now becomes free, this is a question that more than one may have crossed his mind. There are also other video calling platforms such as Skype or Microsoft Teams, but in order not to make the post too heavy, today we are going to focus only on Meet and Zoom. Let's see which of the two comes out better.

Similarities between Zoom and Google Meet

The first thing we have to say is that both Zoom and Google Meet are quite similar in terms of functionality. Both allow videoconference meetings with hundreds of participants and are perfect for companies, work environments and large groups.

They also have collaborative tools, such as the ability to share the screen of our device, send files, integration with email, create waiting rooms, private meetings and receive calls via audio for those who do not have a camera and want to participate by phone. Likewise, both are available on multiple platforms, mobile and desktop computers.

Download QR-Code ZOOM Cloud Meetings Developer: zoom.us Price: Free Download QR-Code Google Meet: secure video calls Developer: Google LLC Price: Free

The advantages of Zoom

The big difference between Zoom and Meet is in the maximum number of participants and in the price, two essential factors that are especially relevant if we plan to hold company-level meetings. But let's go by parts ...

  • Up to 500 people in each meeting: Zoom allows videoconferences with up to 500 participants. Google Meet has “only” 250 participants.
  • Automatic transcripts: Both Meet and Zoom allow you to record meetings, although Zoom goes one step further. For each recording made with Zoom Business and Zoom Enterprise subscriptions, the application generates automatic transcripts to avoid having to take notes of everything that happened during the meeting.
  • Background customization: Zoom allows you to change the background of the room where we are to a blue sky, a beach or any other image or video that we want. A little fantasy never hurts (especially if our room is nothing to write home about and we want to add an elegant touch to our corporate meetings).
  • Customizable meeting URL: When you create a meeting in Meet you receive a random URL with numbers and letters so that people can click on it and join the meeting. If you have a Zoom Business plan you can make your URLs much more professional and easy to remember. For example, we could create a meeting link that was elandroidefeliz.com.us, instead of a link type meet.google.com/wf1rdf24dd.
  • Corporate image: Zoom allows you to add a custom image to the meeting landing page. Something that is perfect to maintain the corporate identity of our company. It's a small detail, but coupled with the customizable URLs it makes the office-level experience that much more professional.
  • More intuitive interface: In general lines, although both Zoom and Meet have similar characteristics, they are presented in a clearer and more concise way in Zoom. The navigation menus and tools in Meet are not that intuitive, which can be a bit annoying especially for those who are not well versed with new technologies or are not used to using video conferencing applications.

The benefits of Google Meet

Google, for its part, also has a powerful set of functionalities that significantly differentiate it from Zoom in certain key aspects.

  • Harder to hack: Zoombombing has become a problem for the video calling platform, especially since it became popular due to the coronavirus pandemic. Zoom hacks are very simple, just try a URL and if we are lucky we can get into a meeting in a matter of minutes and turn everything upside down. In Google Meet the URLs are generated randomly and the invitations are managed via Gmail, so it is much more difficult for intruders to do their thing.
  • Cheaper: Both Meet and Zoom have free use plans, although if we are going to use the tool at a corporate level and hire a business plan with Meet, it will be much cheaper. Meet premium subscriptions can be obtained from € 4.68 per month per user, while at Zoom this figure triples to € 13.99 per month per user.
  • Free calls (audio only): Unlike Zoom, which charges us an extra 100 euros to receive participants via telephone, in Meet this is a service that is offered completely free of charge.
  • Real-time subtitles: IF we make video calls with participants who speak in English or any other language that we are not very fluent in, this is a feature that we can take great advantage of.
  • Instant access from the browser: If we are Zoom users for PC, we need an extension for the browser that we must install previously. With Meet, everything is much easier, since the entire experience is done via the web without the need for additional configurations.
  • More complete free version: The free version of Meet allows meetings of up to 60 minutes. In the case of Zoom, the duration of the free meetings is reduced to 40 minutes.

Conclusions

At the level of features, Zoom and Meet are very similar and can do an excellent job in these times of teleworking and remote meetings. Google Meet is a bit more convenient because it is integrated into G Suite, a set of applications that many companies currently have contracted with. The good news is that if you have a current Gmail account, you can also use Meet without registering anywhere and creating a new account. In addition, with Meet participation by phone is free, a detail that must be taken into account.

For its part, Zoom has a much clearer and more manageable interface. If we also need to hold mass meetings, the limit of 500 simultaneous participants gives us a peace of mind that we do not have with Meet. Now, the free version of Zoom is much more capable than the Meet one, we cannot record the meetings and the duration of the meetings is shorter. All the cool features - at least on a business level - are found in the premium plans, and in that respect Zoom is much more expensive than Google Meet.

In short, we could say that Google Meet is a highly recommended tool for making video calls with friends or in small companies, while Zoom is much more powerful at the corporate level, although its price is much higher.

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