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

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

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

Google gives their employees (Googlers) the opportunity to spend 20 percent of their time working on side projects - some of which like Gmail and Google Maps have become some of the company's core applications.

The latest creation to emerge from the program is an app called Uptime, created to allow people to watch YouTube videos with remote friends, adding real-time comments and reactions. This is understandable considering the fact that Uptime is still new and probably still being tested; though iPhone users now have access to it via iTunes. You can then see what YouTube videos they're watching, and/or share your favorite videos of the day with them. Simply search for a video, click play, and share it out with your followers.

YouTube has lately been attempting to make videos a social experience.

When viewing a video in Uptime, what you're watching will be publicly available to your followers in their Uptime feed, so they can join in and watch alongside you.

It is unclear how many people can use Google Uptime at once as part of the same video-sharing circle, but one screenshot showed 23 people engaged in digital interaction while watching a video. That includes videos your friends have specifically shared or liked. The picks include a range of content from TV show clips to amusing videos and others that make sense for co-watching. You can also engage with friends while watching videos through comments, stickers, "sparkles", hearts - and all your activity is accessible from the profile page.

It's unclear what the future holds for Uptime - whether it will gain a web or Android app, or if the platform will even be around in a few months' time.

We're sure no one will be surprised to hear that the UI looks much like Snapchat's, because apparently everyone is looking to borrow from the same source these days.

The app is now only available for iPhones as an iOS version is out, and perhaps an Android version will be available in the near future.