Social distancing calls of virtual interactions, which can only be done through video conferencing/messaging apps. Since the start of COVID-19, companies have come up with new features to better equip their apps as compared to their rivals. iOS users have always relied on FaceTime to meet their needs. But for Android users, there is an ocean of apps, which provide a variety of features to its customers.
To enhance the offering, Jio has come up with its own video conferencing app. Though the app is available on the App Store, the company is much more focussed to win the hearts of Android users. Let’s find out more about the app and how it stacks up to the giant- FaceTime.
JioMeet- What’s so special about it?
Remember the Zoom app, the one which got the entire world’s attention, thanks to its group calling feature with up to 100 people? Well, JioMeet is said to be the copy of it. Along with Zoom, JioMeet is designed to match up to the likes of Skype, Google Meet, etc. You can log in to the app with your name, email id and phone number and schedule a meeting with up to 100 people at once. And of course, you can use the app to place one-to-one video/voice calls as well.
Surprisingly, the group calling feature with 100 people is not the only trick JioMeet has up on its sleeves. The company claims that the app lets you carry out virtual meetings for 24 hours straight, without any interruptions. And on the plus side, it’s totally free of cost. It’s hard to say who would want to have 24 hours conversations, but hey, it’s good to have this feature in our pockets. Also, you can hold the meetings up to 40 minutes. That’s ample time to complete urgent and spontaneous tasks.
Other features of JioMeet include emoticons, stickers, and background change to add a little spark to the user experience.
How does JioMeet function?
The entire process is quite simple- download the app from the respective store. Log in with your name, number and email id to create an account. To start a meeting, you share the meeting code (along with other details) with the participants. To boost privacy, the meeting is password protected and you can use the ‘Screen sharing’ option whenever the need be.
Note- You don’t need to create an account to join a meeting.
FaceTime VS JioMeet- Which is better?
In the world of apps, features and reliability play a key role in the market. FaceTime and JioMeet come preloaded with several features to enhance the overall user experience. Both apps are designed by two companies who are absolute giants in their respective fields and countries. Let’s compare both the apps side by side.
- Number of participants- As many of you may know, you can chat with up to 32 people in a group FaceTime call. As far as JioMeet is concerned, up to 100 people can be added in a group video call.
- Availability- FaceTime is strictly designed for iOS users. Meaning, Android users can’t take the taste of the app. Whereas JioMeet can be download on both- the App and Play store.
- Type of calls- JioMeet is designed to fulfill the needs of video conferencing. As of now, audio calls can be placed on the app if ‘Safe Driving Mode’ is turned on. If we talk about FaceTime, a user can easily place a video/audio call with a participant. No questions asked.
- Ease of use- FaceTime is not a conferencing app per se. So, you don’t need to share a meeting code with the participants (every time), like you have to do on JioMeet. You just need to enter the number or email id of a person to FaceTime.
- Call duration- One of the most hyped features of JioMeet is its 24 hours group call. You can enjoy your conversations without any trouble. On the other hand, FaceTime cancels the call after 12-13 hours.
It’s hard to say who is a winner here. Both apps take privacy and user experience into consideration. JioMeet is certainly a great app and useful for those who want to carry out 24 hours conversations with 100 people. It comes in handy for formal meetings. FaceTime, an iOS love, is mostly used for social interactions. In the end, both apps try to serve the same purpose- virtual conversations.