Youtube API

Google has finally released the Youtube Player API for Android that they previewed at Google I/O 2012, making it easy for developers to integrate a proper video experience into their apps. The API will allow developers to embed and play any Youtube video natively, without sending users off to the Youtube app or browser. The official list of benefits:

  • High-quality video playback supported on Android 2.2 (Froyo) or newer
  • Easy integration with your Android application (no WebView required)
  • Fullscreen and orientation change support
  • Closed captions display
  • Support for YouTube ads
  • Programmatic access, similar to existing Player APIs, to most aspects of the YouTube video playback experience
  • Integration with the Android YouTube app using a standard set of YouTube Intents

Google has been working with a few partners, so we already have a few apps using the new API. They include Flipboard, Buzzfeed,, SoundTracking, and Fitness Flow (pictured above).

If you're a developer, you'll want to read the documentation and code examples -- find all that info at the source link. If you're an end user, you're job is easier (but just as important). Support these developers who use the right tools and deliver amazing Android apps. Hit the break for a Google Developers Live recording all about the new API.

Source: Youtube blog