Published On: Mon, Mar 13th, 2017

Uptime Video Sharing App From Google’s Area 120 Startup Incubator

Google opened a startup incubator called the Area 120 last year. It was designed to let employees us some of their discretionary time to start up their own companies. The Area 120 Startup Incubator has just released Uptime – a group video messaging app that lets you watch and share videos with your friends and love ones.


Right now, the Uptime Video Sharing App is only available for the iPhone users as an invite-only app, but it looks like a fun excitement with a bit of promise. For using this app, first you have to need log in with your Google account, when the app is log in you are greeted with a short introductory video that explains you how it all works. You should watch a video and your profile pictures travels along a progress bar that wraps around the screen. If there is other peoples are watching too, so you will see their icons travel along with you. There are some neat ideas that the company has lifted from what the Facebook has been doing with its Live videos feature: you can react to what you are watching on the screen, either by typing in the comments or by touching the screen in real time, you can give your opinion through reaction.

There are also some limits to the video sharing app, which makes sense at this stage. Currently, there is no way to record video or stream live. The app will only let you share video clips from YouTube and it also seems like it is best oriented towards videos shot in profile rather than a landscape. You can watch videos and comment on something like a movie trailer, but if you rotate your phone in 90 degrees, it will not let you type a text or add a reactions.

It is also hard to find out the peoples at this stage, while the home screen helpfully provides you some people to follow along with them. There is no readily apparent way to search and find for specific people, and the Find Friend button only lets you allow to invite new users to the platform.