Google opening its Android YouTube player APIs for developers to use in their own apps with native playback

Google opening its Android YouTube player APIs for developers to use in their own apps with native playback
Third party apps will now be able to play YouTube videos directly from the page or the app, not forcing you to leave it just so as you can watch the vid. Google is opening the application programming interface of its Android YouTube player, so that anyone with coding skills can integrate the videos directly in their apps, with the full player controls. Nice, eh.

Not that dedicated devs couldn't code this into their apps, but until now it always required extra steps, embedding into html, or using a Flash embed, which was not neat if you don't have support on your mobile device.

Google says that the open APIs will be optimized for various devices, including smarpthones, tablets and Google TV, supporting everything right back to Android Froyo. There will be automatic support for full screen and orientation as well, and the whole shebang will require just three lines of code for devs for the basic integration. Have a look at the video below for the nitty-gritty details.


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4 Comments

1. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

I was wondering why Metrotube for WP is back. Maybe this is the answer.

2. brycdavis

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

You gotta watch the closed captioning for this video.....not even close! Hilarious!

3. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

bout dame time

4. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Did I see a MacBook?

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