As for Uptime, it's an app that lets you share YouTube videos with friends, watch them in real-time together, and chat with each other at the same time.
While watching a video you can comment on what you're seeing, post messages, or react with emojis. Your profile photo will move around this bar depending on where you are in the video, and so will other people's pictures if they're watching along with you.
Last year, Google launched Area 120, an internal incubator to help employees build businesses around their 20 percent projects.
At this point, the app is only available for iOS devices, by invitation only. One of the many groups working on projects in Area 120 has now followed through with the Uptime app.
Uptime is only available in the U.S.as of late, and there is no indication if Google intends to bring it to other regions as well.
Uptime is a place to share and watch videos together with friends.
The days when families would gather together to watch TV are long gone. Tapping on the video itself while you watch it also shoots stars into the frame, but only those watching the video at the same time will see those embellishments. You can add Facebook Live-style reaction emoji as you go, along with written comments similar to Soundcloud and other platforms.
Not without some limitations though; Uptime does not have a recording feature that lets you record or stream live. Uptime is actually different and the team has worked hard to ensure that watching YouTube videos on Uptime feels like a social experience. You can also chose to leave sparkles, that are visible only to folks who are watching that particular video at that particular instance.