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Watch YouTube Videos With Friends Using Uptime

Watch YouTube Videos With Friends Using Uptimeā€

It's with that in mind that that Area 120, Google's internal incubator, recently launched Uptime, an experimental app created to make the process of watching videos more of a social activity. The app lets its users watch the same videos in real time while also checking out the comments and reactions of other users. By choosing to not populate the app with the entire YouTube portfolio, the company is leaving it upon users to chose what videos would be suitable for watching with friends. As a matter of fact, the app now only offers you a button that lets you invite new users to the platform. The free-to-download app is described as a hub where friends can "share and watch videos together".

Additionally, while watching a video, users can share emojis and text each other. Somewhat surprisingly, from the company behind Android, the app is now iPhone-only.

Google opened the Area 120 startup combinator past year, which allows its employees to work on their own business ideas. While you watch a video, you can see an icon from your Google account moving around the screen to signify progress in the video.

Uptime App is available on the Apple Store here.

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When viewing a video in Uptime, what you're watching will be publicly available to your followers in their Uptime feed, so they can join in and watch alongside you.

The days when families would gather together to watch TV are long gone. YouTube Go also lets you send videos to other YouTube Go users nearby over a local ad-hoc Wi-Fi hotspot that won't use up either person's data.

Okay, so if you think this is just another YouTube app with a few different features thrown in, think again. "Anyone can join the video as you are watching it and he/she will be able to see your watches and engagements".



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