Google’s YouTube is getting more social with a new app that lets you watch videos on the video streaming website with friends. Currently only available to iPhone users, Uptime is an easy to use app that enables you to connect with friends, but not before you have signed in with your Google account.
Once signed in with your Google account, you can connect with your friends and watch YouTube videos together in real-time. It features avatars that moves around the outside of the frame to show your progress, reports Android Central.
As soon as you log in with your Google account, you are greeted with a short introductory video that explains how Uptime works. If there are other people watching a particular video with you, you will see their icons moving along with you. This only reminds me of Facebook Live videos that lets you react to what you are seeing on the screen.
From the look of things, Uptime is an app that offers a lot of potentials. Having an app that lets you share your favorite videos with friends is something that might excite a lot of users.
Not without some limitations though; Uptime does not have a recording feature that lets you record or stream live. However, you can share your clips from YouTube with friends. The app is also designed to in such a way that you can’t add text or post reactions to videos when your phone is rotated in 90 degrees.
Though, the homes screen suggests people to follow, it is difficult searching for who to follow when using Uptime. As a matter of fact, the app currently only offers you a button that lets you invite new users to the platform. 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.
In February, Google launched YouTube Go; an app designed specifically to serve the interest of YouTube users in countries with low internet bandwidth like India.
The YouTube Go app is for everyone, but it goes without a say that there are some regions where bandwidth consumption is always an issue. To users in those places, the app looks like a perfect way to watch and share videos from YouTube without burning their data. It also means they are no longer worried about sharing video because of low data.
The app is designed to let you choose whether you would like to stream your selected videos immediately or download them for offline viewing in standard and low quality modes. YouTube Go also lets you send videos to other YouTube Go users nearby over a local ad-hoc Wi-Fi hotspot that won’t use up either person’s data.
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. The app requires that first time users enter their phone number and get verified via a text messages sent by Google.