Google has release lots of apps over the years (even if some of those have the same functionality as some of their other products) but Google has launched a new app from their internal incubator, Area 120.
The app is called Uptime and it makes watching YouTube videos more social by letting users react, comment on videos and also share with friends to watch together in real-time.
As of right now, the app has launched on iOS but there’s no word right now if (or when) we’ll be getting an Android version (but I highly suspect that we will, eventually).
The Uptime has taken some reaction elements from Facebook Live and once you log into Uptime with your Google account, you’ll be able to see follow your friends and see what they’re watching in real-time.
Then while you’re watching a video, you’ll see your profile picture and whoever else is in that viewing party in a progress bar that goes around the screen.
Google initially started Area 120 to help encourage their employees to use 20% of their time to work on their own side projects and possible start their own companies (with some support from Google).
One of the more successful Google 20% projects is Googlers’ Nat and Lo‘s YouTube channel that explores behind the scenes of different products and services at Google.
As of right now, there’s no telling whether Uptime will be successful, time will only tell. And like most new Google apps, Uptime is only available in the US right now.
Source: Uptime (Google Area 120)