Zoom vs. Google Meet for Gig Workers
Google Meet and Zoom are great video conferencing programs. Both platforms offer free plans and allow business people to connect, but which one is best for gig workers? That’s what you’ll discover in this article.
Google Meet is available for free to anyone with a Google Account. You can invite up to 100 participants and meet with people for 60 minutes (unlimited if you have a G-suite plan). With a paid package, you can video conference with up to 250 participants.
On the other hand, zoom’s free plan lets you invite up to 100 participants, the same as Meet. But Zoom has a maximum meeting length of 40 minutes. The company has paid packages that support unlimited meeting length and up to 300 participants.
Now, let’s look at some essential categories to see how each software fairs.
Availability and Accessibility
Both Google Meet and Zoom support mobile devices that run on Android and iOS, so you can connect with clients while on the go.
What sets Google Meet apart from Zoom is that you can access it directly through Chrome and other modern browsers without installing plugins. All you have to do is visit meet.google.com to host a meeting.
But zoom isn’t that accessible. You can’t host a meeting using your web browser (but can join one). It also requires the installation of the Chrome or Firefox plugin to schedule meetings.
Interface and Ease of Use
Both programs use a gallery-like interface that’s clean and easy to follow – there’s practically no learning curve. However, Google features an AI-powered low-light mode that automatically enhances your video in low lighting conditions. The feature is currently limited to mobile users but sets Meet apart from Zoom in this criterion.
When it comes to security, Google is the 800-pound gorilla. It supports multiple options for 2-step verification. And adheres to IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) security standards concerning DTLS (Datagram Transport Layer Security) and SRTP (Secure Real-time Transport Protocol).
Zoom’s security is strong but lacking nonetheless. The platform uses AES 256-bit GCM (Galois/Counter Mode) encryption standard. And the company has only recently begun rolling out end-to-end encryption for paid and free users. Security researchers have also found some alarming vulnerabilities in the platform.
Screen Sharing and Recording
Meet and Zoom feature screen sharing, which is a critical aspect of online meetings. You can also enable real-time captions in both programs, which is useful for situations where there’s difficulty comprehending what someone is saying.
Additionally, you can record meetings on both programs. Zoom allows recording in audio (M4A) and video (MP4) formats, which can be downloaded and stored locally on your system. But Google Meet only allows paid users to record meetings.