Uptime is a new YouTube party app from Google's Area 120 incubator

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Uptime is a new YouTube party app from Google's Area 120 incubator

Developed by Google's startup incubator Area 120, which was first established previous year to encourage Google employees to come up with their own startup ideas, Uptime lets you connect with your friends via YouTube videos. Spotted by The Verge, the application allows users to share and watch YouTube videos with other users in real-time.

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.

- Get daily video recommendations from friends and people you follow. Now the app is only available for iOS users, and there's no word if Android users will ever get the app. Google opened Area 120 to encourage its employees to use 20 percent of their time to work on side projects and start their own companies, so there's no telling how much support Uptime will receive over time.

If you do own an iPhone, you can download Uptime from the iTunes for free. As a matter of fact, the app now only offers you a button that lets you invite new users to the platform. The picks include a range of content from TV show clips to amusing videos and others that make sense for co-watching. But as Uptime matures, it's conceivable the developers will add4 features.

Google is bringing some of the fun and interactivity of watching a live stream to YouTube videos. You can comment and react to videos (similar to Facebook's react system), and doing so will show this activity next to your moving profile photo. Users can also label the video they send to friends with a caption that lets them know what they thought of the video. "Anyone can join the video as you are watching it and he/she will be able to see your watches and engagements". 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.

You can search for videos inside the app, or input a YouTube URL in the search box to find something specific.

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