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Googler-created app for watching YouTube forgets about Android in 2017

Googler-created app for watching YouTube forgets about Android in 2017

Last year, Google confirmed that it was launching Area 120, an internal incubator program for the company's employees to build businesses around products borne out of their "20 percent" side projects. Users cannot only follow each other in the app, they can also check out the watch history of each other and recommend vids uploaded on YouTube without having to leave the app. You can download Uptime here and check the Uptime Twitter account for invite codes. Uptime is actually different and the team has worked hard to ensure that watching YouTube videos on Uptime feels like a social experience.

You'd expect that Google would first release this app for its own Android platform before it lets iOS users in but that couldn't be further from the truth. 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.

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"When you enter a video post, your watch will be shown in real time with anyone in the video", according to a FAQ page.

Uptime App is available on the Apple Store here.

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Uptime seems to marry reactive features of Facebook Live videos with social video watching and sharing. Each user's avatar will be displayed on the progress bar, so their friends will now about their progress in the video. The picks include a range of content from TV show clips to amusing videos and others that make sense for co-watching.

The downside is that you won't be able to watch very high quality videos such as 1080p or 720p; this of course, means you are restricted to basic or standard quality clips. With the impending launch of YouTube TV, Google could opt to incorporate Uptime into the streaming app to create a fun new level of engagement for cord-cutters.

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