Zoom became a synonym for video conferencing during COVID-19. But with popularity comes responsibility. There was news of data breach and security concerns related to the app. During such times, Google decided to offer Meet as a video conferencing app for free. With Google’s reputation, Meet started capturing the attention of different industries.
Zoom saw a massive 1330% increase in its downloads during the pandemic while Google Meet grew by 2746%. There’s obviously room for debate over whether Zoom features are better than Google Meet, but we have covered that in another blog post.
This blog post is focused on how enterprises, start-ups and SMEs can reduce their dependence on third-party apps. This only means investing in an in-house video conferencing solution. Now, you might think about whether it is worth investing in creating another app like Zoom or Google Meet, given that these are already so popular.
You have a point and we’ll help clarify it. In this blog, we aim to share insights on how to develop an app like Zoom or Google Meet, why you need to develop it, what determines the cost of these applications and how they can benefit you.
“It’s extremely crowded, but the potential is huge. If our product is better than any others, we can survive”, Eric Yuan, CEO, Zoom.
The market may be saturated but this applies for any application or solution and product that entrepreneurs can think of. For instance, there are several travel portal solutions and enough business that need it. Similarly, the video conferencing solutions are useful for every industry – from education to healthcare, travel & hospitality to tech. If your solution has the power to survive, you might replace the existing video conferencing competitors. And the answer to your question on why and how to develop an app like Zoom lies in the answer of its Founder.
Here are some other advantages of having your own video conferencing solution:
At OneClick, we believe in agile methodology. Hence, the client is involved in every stage of decision making. Weekly update to the client with Video recording for a couple of weeks, as well as sharing of updates regarding working web application, mobile applications for the project is provided.
When you plan to develop a video conferencing app like Zoom, you need an experienced team that has the expertise to handle relevant projects. This scalable and robust application will require a dedicated Project Manager with a Tech Lead. Based on the type of application to be made, the team will comprise of iOS and Android developers, backend developer, QA specialist and UI/UX designer.
Defining the features is a crucial step to develop your video conferencing app. Everything from the duration of the project to the cost depends on the features you plan to offer. It is important to note at this stage that a feature-rich app with scalable approach can help you stay ahead of the competition.
Here’s a list of features offered by popular video conferencing apps:
This is not an exhaustive list. There are several other advanced features that can be a part of video conferencing app development.
Another question that arises when you decide to develop a video conferencing app, is the exact cost of developing an app like Zoom or Google Meet. While WebRTC simplifies the process of developing video conferencing solutions, it is important to assess the target audience too. Depending on the business requirements, the number of users and features to be added on the platform, the final cost to develop an app is determined. If you are on a budget, but still want an inhouse virtual meeting app, white-label solutions are a lucrative option.
While Google Meet and Zoom can be considered as a benchmark in the video conferencing market, there are several Free alternatives to these apps too. Also, there is definitely scope for individual players to introduce a break-through app as a competition. Moreover, video conferencing is going to be a new tool once remote working becomes the norm. Developing an in-house app will give an added advantage to organizations who have their teams scattered across different locations.
Also, there is a likelihood of these apps coming up with paid versions or offering additional benefits only to paid members once the pandemic is over. That is when an in-house video conferencing app will prove to save costs and protect privacy in the best possible way.
What are you waiting for? Let’s bring your idea to action. Connect with our experienced team if you want to develop an app like Google Meet or Zoom.