Google released a new video app called Uptime.
Last year, Google launched Area 120, an internal incubator to help employees build businesses around their 20 percent projects.
- Watch videos together with friends. Those interactions are saved so other viewers can see them when they watch the same video, even at a later time. The picks include a range of content from TV show clips to amusing videos and others that make sense for co-watching. Once you do that, the video will appear in your followers' feeds. Otherwise, we'd personally think it would be cool if the app considered adding the ability to record or stream your own videos. Unfortunately, the app is now only available for iOS devices, but we hope that it will come to Android soon as well. You can also share clips from YouTube within the app, and follow people to see what they're 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. Share and watch videos together.
With Uptime, users can share YouTube videos with friends and have everyone watch along in real-time (although the latter isn't a requirement).
This isn't the first social viewing experience to hit the market, in 2012 a video-sharing app by the name of Chill came onto the scene with 1.5 million in investments, but was soon shut down in 2013 due to a bad premium content model, according to a Gigaom report. For example, it still needs a feature wherein you can invite friends to the app by using address book sync or the social media invite feature. Once you download the app, you'll need to sign in with a Google account.