Google's Uptime App Promotes Collaborative YouTube Viewing

  • Google's Uptime App Promotes Collaborative YouTube Viewing

Google's Uptime App Promotes Collaborative YouTube Viewing

Google's Area 120 startup incubator, set up past year to allow Googlers to play startup pioneer in their "20% time", has just birthed its first product - a social video app called Uptime. There's no way to record or create videos within the app, and Area 120 is promoting the app as "a place to share and watch videos together with friends no matter where they are". You'll also be able to see your friends progress through videos, and see that reactions and comments even after they've finished watching the video. With Google's new Uptime app, you can make YouTube video-watching itself a more social experience.

Uptime is a unique app that is available on iTunes at the moment.

The app is available only for iOS devices and is now in invite-only mode, unless you have the invite code, "pizza", which will grant access.

Uptime is definitely a welcome addition apart from the YouTube app alone. If it is, would you approve? This lets Google employees use 20 percent of their time to work on other projects. It lets you watch YouTube videos with your friends in real-time.

There's an abundance of truly excellent videos on YouTube, but sharing them with friends can sometimes be awkward.

Now available for iOS only, Uptime is equal parts chatroom, social network and video player, with a cartoony interface that is packed full of emoji.

YouTube has lately been attempting to make videos a social experience. Videos can be viewed in both portrait and landscape, but now there is no way to type comments while in landscape. However, you can share your clips from YouTube with friends.

The first draft of Area120 was reflected in an application called Uptime. Download now from the App Store https://t.co/Bwo7e4xCgy. It's invite only, but Uptime's tweeted invite codes. The app is now invite-only and iOS-exclusive.