YouTube Debuts Native Player That Works Inside Android Apps

Making it possible and easy to watch videos from any app

By on December 22nd, 2012 13:31 GMT

There's going to be a lot more video on Android thanks to Google's new YouTube Android player API which, as you may have guessed, enables developers to embed a native YouTube player inside their apps.

What this means is that you won't have to leave the app to watch the video, meaning that you'll both be watching more videos and that app makers will be more willing to add videos without the fear of driving users out of their app.

Google announced the API all the way back in June at Google I/O, but it's only now making it available. It's still labeled as experimental, meaning some things may change, though Google doesn't think that's going to be the case.

The API works on Froyo or higher, so it should work on virtually any Android device out there, as long as YouTube 4.2.16 or higher is installed on the device.

Already, several apps are making use of the API, Flipboard, BuzzFeed, 9x9.tv and others. You can expect much more to do so soon.

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