UPDATE June 2017 –
The iOS app debuted in early March as invite-only is now officially launched by Google and is now available to the public.
Finally, an app that can be used to watch YouTube videos together with friends.
Benefits of UPTIME App
Watch videos together with friends.
Using Uptime app, you can just download it and watch, browse YouTube videos.
Interact and chat while watching videos.
While watching the video, you can share emoji’s, send text messages and track the watch status of your friend. Also, there is no private messaging system in the app yet.
Share and curate your favorite YouTube videos using Google’s Uptime App.
Currently, you can’t record a video to the app, you can only search for and watch YouTube videos that already exist.
From your profile page, you can also see the videos you’ve shared to check out how others have interacted with those clips.
Get daily video recommendations from friends and people you follow.
The pleasure of being the “Notification Squad” will get a whole new meaning. Now, build your own “squad” by inviting your friends and watch/comment together.
— Uptime (@uptimeApp) March 11, 2017
Launched from the house of Google
UPTIME App is a product of Google’s new start-up incubator called “Area 120.” The new “Area 120” name plays on the Google’s 20 percent formula, which lets employees work on their own creative business projects 20 percent of the time. This will be the place where Google’s employees will be able to apply to work on their own startup ideas full-time.
With the launch of UPTIME app, YouTube can finally look for a possible tie-up of their “Super Chat” feature.
Uptime is only available on iOS for now and will work only for users in the United States of America. Android users have to wait, as this product was just launched yesterday.