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Want to watch YouTube videos in real-time with your friends? Google has the app for you

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Uptime, a Google app developed under the tech giant’s Area 120 Incubator, was released to the public yesterday.

The app, who was available earlier this year on a invite-system beta program, lets you take existing Youtube videos and enhances their interactivity by watching them in real time with your friends.

You can see how far in the video they are and - in a Facebook Live fashion - their real-time reactions using sparkles and cartoon faces.

Moreover, in occasion of its public release, Uptime has added new features, including a Facebook friend-finding function, support for watching music videos, and it has revamped its home screen to make it easier to find things to watch.

The app, currently not available on Android, does not seem to have a huge userbase at the moment, but it sparkled some interest among Twitter users.

However, Google is still not branding the app under its own name or including it within the YouTube app, greatly limiting its potential reach.

You can find a link to Uptime for ios here.

 

Have you tried the app? What are your thoughts on it?

 

 

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