Google's Uptime App Promotes Collaborative YouTube Viewing

14 March, 2017, 00:24 | Author: Alicia Barber
  • Google's Uptime app is a more social way to watch YouTube videos

In 2016, Google launched an internal incubator called Area 120.

With Uptime, users can share YouTube videos with friends and have everyone watch along in real-time (although the latter isn't a requirement).

Now, a new app from Google startup incubator Area 120 called Uptime, out Saturday, lets users watch YouTube videos with friends, even if they're not all huddled around the same screen.

While watching a video you can comment on what you're seeing, post messages, or react with emojis. If there are other people watching a particular video with you, you will see their icons moving along with you. The app is only available for iOS, you now need an invitation from someone who already has an account in order to start using it, and there's no way to upload your own videos directly to the app or livestream within it. For interested consumers, they can use the code "Pizza" to obtain an invite to use the app.

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First off, you get a reactions feature that is more commonly found on Facebook Live videos. While watching a video, a multicolored progress bar is displayed around the whole picture. 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.

It will also ask for an invitation code before you're able to use it. The app also appears best suited for vertical viewing, a fact that certainly won't please everyone, and because it's so new, there aren't very many people using it right now. Aside from Uptime, Area 120 has also developed an online scheduling tool for small businesses.

The app is created to let you choose whether you would like to stream your selected videos immediately or download them for offline viewing in standard and low quality modes.

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