Google's New iOS App 'Uptime' Lets Users Watch YouTube Videos Together

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Google has created a new app called "Uptime" [Direct Link] that allows users to watch YouTube videos in real time along with their friends (via The Verge). The iOS-only app is available in the United States and was created through Google's internal incubator program known as Area 120, which continues the company's famous workplace perk that encourages employees to take 20 percent of their week to focus on independent side projects.

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With Uptime, the company has added live-watching features -- similar to apps like Periscope -- on top of video watching. When friends join in on the same video, they can comment, react, add stickers, and more. When users start a video, their avatar will move along a progress bar to note where they are in it, and they'll be able to see their friends' progress in the same way.

Uptime is a place to share and watch videos together with friends no matter where they are. Easily share your favorite YouTube video and bring friends together to watch, chat, and have fun in real time.

The app will also act as a sort of social hub for YouTube, with users able to follow one another to see their watch history, and share clips from YouTube without leaving the app. Given Uptime's nascence, its makers at Google are encouraging users to provide feedback through email and on the app's official twitter account so that any problems can be addressed in future updates.

Users who are interested and download Uptime on the iOS App Store [Direct Link] can gain access by using the invite code "PIZZA."

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Top Rated Comments

enc0re Avatar
51 months ago
This is great! I have been wanting Netflix to do this for years.

It's perfect when you or your spouse are travelling on business and want to do something "together" in the evening. There are stories of Bill and Melinda Gates doing this back in the day with rentals and going "3-2-1-play" over the phone.

Seriously, why hasn't Netflix been doing this?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
avanpelt Avatar
51 months ago
For people that travel for work and want to watch something simultaneously with their spouse or kids, this is a great idea. Gives them an added sense of "being together" even when separated by hundreds or thousands of miles. Hopefully Netflix, Hulu, and others can adopt this technology, as well. Obviously, not everyone will find this feature useful, but certain people will find it very useful.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
johannnn Avatar
51 months ago
I must get old. I REALLY don't see the point of this app.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iMerik Avatar
51 months ago

This is great! I have been wanting Netflix to do this for years.

It's perfect when you or your spouse are travelling on business and want to do something "together" in the evening. There are stories of Bill and Melinda Gates doing this back in the day with rentals and going "3-2-1-play" over the phone.

Seriously, why hasn't Netflix been doing this?

Didn't know I wanted this until now. Would much rather have co-watching for Netflix than YouTube.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chrono1081 Avatar
51 months ago

I must get old. I REALLY don't see the point of this app.

Same here. This sounds like a flop in the making.

Not to mention if I'm with my friends, I get pissed if they pull out their phones and start watching Youtube videos. Enjoy each others company.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
thekeyring Avatar
51 months ago

Same here. This sounds like a flop in the making.

Not to mention if I'm with my friends, I get pissed if they pull out their phones and start watching Youtube videos. Enjoy each others company.

I must get old. I REALLY don't see the point of this app.

No one knows how successful it will be, but the point seems obvious - You watch things on YouTube at the same time as friends for the same reason you'd go to the cinema or watch TV together.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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