During this lockdown period huge number of organizations around the world shifted to remote working and number of companies are using video conferencing apps or tools like Zoom, Google Meet and more options are there. Here I am writing about these two platforms.
The number of users using Google Meet is 100 million users a day, compared to 200 daily users for Zoom as of the last week of April 2020. (Source: Wikipedia)
With the help of these video conferencing apps individuals and organizations are now able to attend the meetings with their team members also can present their presentation. There is both version of Google Meet and Zoom i.e. free and pro version. In free version of both Google Meet and Zoom 100 participants can join at a time.
There are many features in Google Meet with comparison to Zoom. Also Zoom have some features which make it better than Google Meet. Apart from this you can also see some similarities between these two.
Let’s start with a quick comparison on Google Meet Vs Zoom.
Zoom Vs Google Meet Pricing Plans (Free & Paid)
|Zoom||Zoom Basic||Free||Host up to 100 participants, Unlimited 1 to 1 meeting, 40 mins limit on group meetings, Unlimited number of meetings, Ticket Support, Video Conferencing Features, Web Conferencing Features, Group Collaboration Features, Security|
|Zoom Pro||$14.99||All Basic features +, Includes 100 participants, Meeting duration limit is 24 hrs, User management, Admin feature controls, Reporting, Custom Personal Meeting ID, Assign scheduler, 1GB of MP4 or M4A cloud recording, REST API, Skype for Business (Lync) interoperability, Optional Add-on Plans|
|Zoom Business||$19.99||All Pro features +, Includes 300 participants, Dedicated phone support, Admin dashboard, Vanity URL, Option for on-premise deployment, Managed domains, Single sign-on, Company branding, Custom emails, LTI integration, Cloud Recording Transcripts, Optional Add-on Plans|
|Zoom Enterprise||$19.99||All Business features +, Enterprise includes 500 participants, Enterprise Plus includes 1,000 participants, Unlimited Cloud Storage, Dedicated Customer Success Manager, Executive Business Reviews, Bundle discounts on Webinars and Zoom Rooms|
|Google Meet||G Suite Basic||Free||Meeting length (maximum): 1 hour (24 hours through Sept. 30, 2020) Meeting participants (maximum): 100, Number of meetings: Unlimited, Join from a browser, Invite external participants, Native mobile apps, Live closed captions (English only)Share your screen and present, Adjustable layouts , Customer support: Self-help online and community forums , Anti-abuse features , Encryption in transit and at rest, 2-step verification, Advanced Protection Program Enrollment, Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Google Drive storage: 15 GB per user|
|G Suite Essential||$10 USD per active user/month* starting Oct. 1, 2020||Meeting length (maximum): 300 hours, Meeting participants (maximum): 150, Number of meetings: Unlimited, Join from a browser, Invite external participants, Native mobile apps, Live closed captions (English only)Share your screen and present, Adjustable layouts, US or international dial-in phone numbers, Customer support: 24/7 online support and community forums, Anti-abuse features, Encryption in transit and at rest, 2-step verification, Advanced Protection Program Enrollment, Alert centre, Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Google Drive storage: 100 GB per user (up to 2 TB pooled) Shared drives, Drive File Stream|
|G Suite Enterprise||Contact for pricing||Meeting length (maximum): 300 hours, Meeting participants (maximum): 250, Number of meetings: Unlimited, Join from a browser, Invite external participants, Native mobile apps, Live closed captions (English only)Share your screen and present, Adjustable layouts, US or international dial-in phone numbers, Live streaming in-domain: 100,000 viewers (coming soon) Meeting recording saved to Google Drive, Intelligent noise cancellation, Customer support: 24/7 online support and community forums, Anti-abuse features, Encryption in transit and at rest, 2-step verification, Advanced Protection Program Enrollment, Endpoint management, Data regions, Alert centre, Vault: retain, archive and search data in Drive, Context-aware access, Security dashboards, Security health, Investigation tool, Data Loss Prevention (DLP) for Drive, Access Transparency, Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Google Drive storage: 1TB per user (up to 25 TB pooled) Shared drives Drive File Stream|
In the chart mentioned above you can easily identify about pricing plans and features of Zoom and Google Meet.
Although the plan for Google Meet is cheaper than that of Zoom plan, both platforms have different time restrictions. Google Meet is best suitable for the quick meetings and Zoom is best for the large group meetings or organizations.
Which One is Best for Larger Meetings
As mentioned above in the chart, Zoom offers support up to 100 participants for free and up to 500 participants on a paid plan. Along with that, Enterprise Plus includes 1,000 participants during a video conference. Where as in Google Meet doesn’t offer on any of its paid subscriptions.
What’s best for video calls
Zoom gives you a benefit to join the call for large group of team members, while Google Meet offers the basics of conducting a meeting.
To join a meeting in Google Meet just tap the meeting link from the invite, enter the meeting code from your host, or call into the meeting using the dial-in number and PIN in the invite. On the other hand, to join meeting in Zoom open your browser first then go to the join.zoom.us and then enter your meeting ID provided by your host and finally click Join.
An Overall View on Google Meet and Zoom
- Integration with other Google services
- Easy to set up account
- Allows to reuse of same meeting ID
- Grid view with up to 16 participants at a given time
- User can blur the background during video conferencing [Upcoming]
- Feature available to filter background noises like keyboard clicks, and other
- Low light video calling
- User can accept their calls directly from Gmail
- Transfer your Meet call to your phone
- Change screen layout during video conferencing
- Better security and support for latest encryption standards [Not to be taken lightly]
- Doesn’t require downloading an app
- For small organizations, can use free plan
- Support for up to 500 participants (up to 1000 with Enterprise Plus plan) (Paid Plan)
- Wider platform support – Web, Android, iOS, Mac, Windows
- Change video background
- Integration with third-party collaboration services
- Local and cloud recording
- Prevent background noises
- Organizers can end meeting for everyone
- Chat privately during a meeting
- Save group chats
- Mute all participants in the group
- Audio/video watermarking
- Waiting room for participants who’re yet to be added to a meeting
- Meeting authentication and registration
So ultimately, both Google Meet and Zoom have close to the same features, which is important for the organization or individual working from home or in the work place. Google Meet is somewhat more advantageous in light of the fact that it accompanies each G Suite account, which a few organizations as of now have accessible to its representatives. Be that as it may, you can likewise utilize Meets with an individual Google represent free. Google Meet is likewise the better program in the event that you have members that need to bring in instead of join by means of video since Google doesn’t charge an extra bring in expense. Zoom is the best option for setting up video calls in a meeting room. Zoom support for up to 500 participants (up to 1000 with Enterprise Plus plan) in paid plan. While using the Zoom users are not allowed to record or save their meetings with the free account. Paid account gives all the highlights you need; however, it winds up costing significantly more than Google Meet.