So it feels like UK YouTube fans are constantly waiting for cool new features; YouTube Red, YouTube TV and even the new messaging feature are still out of our reach. But the latest YouTube app currently rolling out in the US only is the biggest offence – because it would be amazing for long-distance friendships and relationships. Meet “Uptime”.
Uptime is an app that allows users to stream YouTube videos to watch with friends.
Designed by a Google-based incubator known as Area 120, Uptime looks distinctively different from YouTube. Aesthetically, it definitely looks as though it is designed for a young internet fandom; exactly the kind of people likely to be using it the most.
Users can start a “video party”; basically a chatroom where the focus is on the video being streamed. If you’ve ever used popular services like Rabb.it to watch videos with your friends, then you’ll already be familiar; except this one has the backing of Google. So if for some reason you have found yourself a part of a YouTube fandom with nobody nearby, you can watch your faves’ latest uploads with an online group of friends! (once the app actually is available in your country…)
The app was invite-only until earlier this week.
Uptime have dropped the exclusivity and have rolled out the app on the App Store – but again, only in the US. They have assured people asking that they intend to expand “very soon“; but while we’re still waiting for literally every other YouTube product, we’re not holding our breath.