Google's New Uptime App Turns Video Viewing Into a Group Experience

Google's New Uptime App Turns Video Viewing Into a Group Experience

Google's New Uptime App Turns Video Viewing Into a Group Experience

The app is called Uptime and is available on the iOS App Store, courtesy a team from Google's internal incubator, Area 120. Uptime allows you to meet friends, share YouTube videos with them, add graphics like hearts and comments as well as stickers to have a YouTube viewing party on the go. You can also share clips from YouTube within the app, and follow people to see what they're watching.

Uptime came out of Area 120, a Google-led incubator based off the tech company's philosophy that its employees should spend 20% of their time working on compelling side projects.

Uptime is available as of writing exclusively via the App Store (ironic yet again as the app originated from within Google). For interested consumers, they can use the code "Pizza" to obtain an invite to use the app. Share and watch videos together. Nevertheless, if you have an iPhone handy to test it out, it's worth a look.

The premise is an interesting one - sharing the experience of watching together, even if your friends aren't gathered around the same TV, or huddled over the same phone. The picks include a range of content from TV show clips to amusing videos and others that make sense for co-watching. You can comment and react to videos (similar to Facebook's react system), and doing so will show this activity next to your moving profile photo. Letting others see the videos you're watching is crucial to the Uptime social experience, but it's important to note that this is strictly an Uptime feature. We can't expect too much from an experimental app, but there's a possibility that some Uptime features could make their way into YouTube depending on how popular the app gets in the future.

It will also ask for an invitation code before you're able to use it.

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