Google is one of the most popular search engines in the world. The company estimates that there are over 3 billion searches per day on the site worldwide.
As you're probably aware, Google isn't just a search engine anymore. The tech giant has expanded into the creation of internet related products such as hardware, software and cloud computing. One of its latest projects is an app designed to make YouTube a more enjoyable, social experience.
What is the Uptime app?
In 2016, Google launched an internal incubator called Area 120. Its purpose is to allow employees to create new products and companies on their own time. Their newest creation is an app called Uptime.
It's an app that comes with live-watching features, similar to one found on other apps like Periscope. If friends are watching a video at the same time they can make comments, add stickers and react to what they are seeing.
The app is described as a social video experience, making YouTube more like a social networking site. Here are some of Uptime's features:
- Watch videos together with friends
- Interact and chat while watching videos
- Share and curate your favorite YouTube videos
- Get daily video recommendations from friends and people you follow
The app is free and is currently available for iOS in iTunes. Once you download the app, you'll need to sign in with a Google account.
It will also ask for an invitation code before you're able to use it. If you're interested in using the Uptime app, just type in PIZZA as the invite code and you're in.