Google Meet vs Zoom

Author: Gina Cunsolo

Although Zoom has emerged as one of the leaders in video conferencing platforms, there are plenty of other applications on the market. And with it likely that remote work will continue in some form for the foreseeable future, the chances are that video conferencing software will be a key part of our work lives for years to come.
So when it comes to choosing the best video conferencing software for your business, it’s essential to realize that each platform offers benefits that may make it the best for your needs. A global company that regularly holds meetings with hundreds of staffers, for example, has different needs than a small business that uses videoconferencing to brainstorm new ideas among small groups.

If your platform choices have come down to Google Meet vs. Zoom, here are a few factors to consider:

Plans & pricing

Although both platforms offer some similar features, there are significant differences between Zoom and Google Meet regarding features such as the number of participants allowed, storage and integration with other applications.

Zoom, launched in 2013, offers a free plan that limits group meetings (up to 100 participants) to 40 minutes, although there is no time limit for one-to-one sessions. Zoom offers unlimited chat as well.

Zoom offers three video conferencing-only plans ranging from free, for 40-minute sessions that can include up to 100 participants, to $14.99/month for sessions that can last up to 30 hours and include 100 participants, to $19.99/month for a minimum of 50 licenses (total $999.50/month) for presentations that can include up to 500 people. Zoom United plans also begin with Pro at $25/month for unlimited video meetings with up to 100 participants, 1GB storage for meeting recordings, unlimited chat, and unlimited calling to local phone numbers. The Business plan at $30/month (for 10-99 licenses) offers the same features, plus meetings with up to 300 participants, custom URLs, company branding, transcription and more. In contrast, the Enterprise plan offers the same features but increases the maximum number of participants to 500. That plan costs $30/month per user with a minimum 100 licenses.

Google Meet, formerly known as Google Hangouts Meet, is a relative newcomer in the video conferencing space, having been launched in 2017. The service initially mitigated meetings to just 30 participants, although that’s been expanded to 100 participants for the free plan and 250 participants for its top-tier Workspace Business Plus plan.

A subscription for the Google Workspace Business Starter plan is $6 per user per month and includes a maximum 24 hours for meetings and 30 GB of Google Drive storage. The Google Workspace Business Standard plan runs $12 per user per month and includes many of the same features as the Starter plan but allows for up to 150 participants. That plan also offers meeting recording and 2 TB of storage per user. The Business Plus plan runs $18 per user per month, with additional features including 5 TB of storage per user and attendance tracking.

Integrations & security

Google Meet integrates with more than 200 apps, including PayPal, Trello, Evernote, Slack, and WordPress. And of course, it integrates easily with other Google apps, including Calendar, Slides, Gmail, Sheets, and Docs.
Zoom integrates with more than 1,000 apps, including Dropbox, Zendesk Notifications, Salesforce, Stripe, and Calendly.

Zoom requires desktop users to download a desktop app or browser plugin to access a meeting, while Google Meet allows attendees to join meetings from their chosen web browser with no additional software required.
Zoom did experience issues in 2020 with pranksters disrupting meetings with rude comments or shocking videos in a practice dubbed Zoombombing. The company has since implemented measures to thwart those issues, although meeting hosts have to take a few extra steps to implement them. Google Meet offers easily accessible security controls that enable hosts to mute or remove disruptive participants. In addition, anonymous attendees can’t join Meet sessions. All attendees must have a Google account to join.

The verdict

Again, the determining factor in the Zoom vs. Google Meet question will ultimately come down to your specific business and your video conferencing needs. If you frequently hold meetings that include several hundred participants, Zoom may be the better choice. On the other hand, if your business already uses the Google Workspace suite of applications, Google Meet is the obvious choice.

And although Zoom previously held the advantage over Google Meet in terms of features, Google continues to add new capabilities that are closing the gap between the two services.

Whichever application you choose, though, it’s essential to realize that the success of your meetings will depend largely on the technology you use. If videoconferencing is critical to your business, it may not be advisable to rely on the webcam and microphone built into your laptop.

Yamaha Unified Communications offers a wide variety of conferencing tools that can enhance any meeting. For those joining a meeting from home or from the road, there’s the YVC-200 Personal or Work-From-Home Speakerphone. For huddle rooms or conference rooms, there’s the YVC-330 Portable USB & Bluetooth Conference Phone - not to mention, it’s Zoom-certified. Yamaha UC also has strategic partnerships with other technology providers, helping to bring high-quality conferencing for even the most demanding spaces.
Whichever conferencing platform you choose, Yamaha UC has the technology for any situation. If you have questions, reach out to the experts at Yamaha UC!