Enlarge (credit: Uptime)
Google’s internal incubator, Area 120, launched a new app today.
Dubbed Uptime, it makes YouTube videos more social by letting viewers react to and comment on videos and share them with friends to watch together in real time.
Currently 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.
Uptime seems to marry reactive features of Facebook Live videos with social video watching and sharing.
After logging in with your Google account, you can follow friends and see what videos they’re watching in real time. You can watch the same video and then see where they are in the video by finding their profile photo, which follows a rounded square bordering the video window. You can comment on videos while you’re watching them, posting messages, emojis, reaction faces, and more.
Those interactions are saved so other viewers can see them when they watch the same video, even at a later time.
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.
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