Google staff have created an iPhone-only app to watch YouTube videos with your friends

Google’s famous ’20 percent time’ – where employees could spend the equivalent of one day a week working on a side project of their own choosing – has led to some pretty impressive results, including Gmail, Google Maps and the company’s ad network Adsense.

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The latest creation to emerge from the program is an app called Uptime, designed to allow people to watch YouTube videos with remote friends, adding real-time comments and reactions. Somewhat surprisingly, from the company behind Android, the app is currently iPhone-only.

Uptime is a place to share and watch videos together with friends. Easily share your favorite YouTube video and bring friends together to watch, chat, and have fun.

  • 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

As TNW observed, this would be a nice addition to the YouTube app itself, rather than everyone having to use a separate one, but it’s a handy place to test the appeal, so perhaps we’ll see the functionality make it into the official app somewhere down the line.

Uptime is a free download from iTunes in the U.S. only for now. Registering currently requires an invitation code, and PIZZA should get you in.

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