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No WebView required, with native YouTube Player API for Android
Friday, December 21, 2012
Adding a high-quality video experience to your Android application just got a whole lot easier. Starting today, you can embed and play YouTube videos in your app using the new
YouTube Android Player API
The API, which was
at Google I/O 2012, offers these benefits:
High-quality video playback supported on Android 2.2 (Froyo) or newer
with your Android application (no
and orientation change support
Support for YouTube ads
Programmatic access, similar to existing
, to most aspects of the
YouTube video playback experience
Integration with the Android YouTube app using a standard set of YouTube
We are launching the API as
, though we do not expect major interface changes going forward.
The Only Limit Now is Your Imagination
explain how to include the
client library in your Android application. The library is supported on Android devices running version
or newer of the Android YouTube app.
You can use the
method to confirm that a device is compatible.
For a simple embed, use the
. To build a more sophisticated user interface, try the
can help create an engaging experience as shown in the Video Wall app
Play With These Apps
Here are a few interesting apps available for you to explore:
See everything on
, all your news and life’s great moments in one place. Now you can watch YouTube videos from wherever you are in Flipboard without leaving the application, providing a more integrated and seamless experience.
delivers original reporting, scoops, and the hottest social content on the web. Android users can now view their favorite BuzzFeed content featuring YouTube videos in the BuzzFeed app and share with their friends.
enables users to discover and watch curated, topical videos that are organized into TV-like channels. Their
describes their experience developing with the API.
lets people use their mobile phone or tablet to share their music moments and favorite jams with friends and family. Users can now discover and play YouTube music videos of the songs within their music timeline.
Fitness Flow by
helps you get in shape with high-quality exercise videos led by professional trainers. Skimble uses YouTube to stream workout content on your Android phone and tablets.
Check out a few screen shots below or download the apps from
Fitness Flow by Skimble
If you would like to learn more about the YouTube Android Player API, the
is a great place to start. In addition, we have curated useful videos in this
. Please subscribe to the
YouTube for Developers'
channel to keep up on the latest.
Check Out The Sample Code
We’ve prepared several code examples to make it easy for you to get started with the new API. You will find them on
. The description of the examples is available in our
. If you need additional help with the API feel free to use our
-- Ross McIlroy, Anton Hansson, and Horia Ciurdar, YouTube Mobile Team
The Simpler, Yet More Powerful New YouTube Data API
Friday, December 14, 2012
Since its initial
in 2007, the YouTube Data API has become one of Google’s most popular APIs by request volume, thanks to the
from developers like you. To help you make better integrated video experiences, you can now use the YouTube API version
. The new API is easy to use thanks to rich client library support, improved tooling, reference documentation and integration with Google’s common API infrastructure. Version 3.0 only returns what you ask for and is using JSON rather than XML encoding for greater efficiency. The API introduces new core functionality including
integration via topics, and universal search. If you develop social media management apps, you’ll love channel bulletin post and full subscriber list management, also new in this release. Version 3.0 of the API constitutes the API's biggest overhaul to date and we’re eager for you to
try it today
New Functionality: Topics, Universal Search, and Audience Engagement Support
Have you ever tried to search for YouTube videos only to find out that keyword search can produce ambiguous results? With the new Topics API, thanks to the power of
, you can find exactly what you’re looking for by specifying Freebase topic IDs rather than search keywords.
For example, if you’re reading this post from outside of the US and would like to search for content related to football,
is probably the topic ID you're after. The API's
feature lets you retrieve channels, playlists and videos matching the topic with just one request like
. Find out more in our Topics
Version 3.0 introduces better tools to engage and interact with one’s YouTube audience. Social media management apps can now help content creators communicate with their
Efficiency, Client Libraries, Better Tooling and More!
To help you reduce your app’s bandwidth requirements version 3.0 only returns the information you ask for as specified by the “
While the default JSON encoding in version 3.0 is more efficient than XML in version 2.0, if parsing JSON isn’t your thing, check out the
thus simplifying your application.
The familiar Google API tools such as the
work with YouTube API version 3.0 without any extra hassles. Additionally, our API reference documentation now allows you to scroll down to the
bottom of any reference page
to try the API. You can also or visit the standalone
to browse a list of supported methods.
Even though version 3.0 is still
, a number of exciting new apps are already using it. Let’s look at a few examples:
, an app that makes it easy to watch the Internet,
the Topics API to enable users to discover related videos after tapping on topics associated with the Showyou feed.
the Topics API to determine the Freebase topic of videos being shared. Interesante used this to serve interest-based video recommendations.
, a company specializing in growing and managing one’s fan base, recently introduced channel
, which focuses on YouTube audience development, uses
to help content creators develop a better understanding of their audiences.
, a company specializing in YouTube marketing software, was able to quickly port their
Online Video Grader
to the YouTube API version 3.0 thanks to the new Python client
If you would like to learn more about the YouTube API version 3.0, in addition to the API
, the material curated in
is a great place to start. Please subscribe to the
YouTube for Developers' channel
to keep up on the latest.
Use The Source, Luke!
Since the most fun way to work with it is to try it, we’ve prepared a few code examples in
to get you started. For a more comprehensive client-side app using the Topics API, try the
. You can find its source code on
, YouTube API Team
ClientLogin using Google Accounts
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Long-time readers might remember a blog post from a while back entitled “
”, in which we covered the myriad ways in which your
authorization attempts might result in an error. Even though ClientLogin has been officially
since April 2012, and even though we’ve been recommending that developers switch to
for longer than that, we know there are still a good number of legacy applications out there that still rely on ClientLogin.
If you are a developer of such an application, there’s another thing that you (and your users) will need to start watching out for: at some point in the future, we will start requiring that the username parameter passed to ClientLogin (i.e. what’s referred to as the
value in the
) correspond to the full email address of the
that’s associated with an underlying YouTube channel. We’ve supported using Google Account email addresses with ClientLogin for many years now, ever since we started
Google Accounts to YouTube channels, but old habits die hard, and many users still use YouTube usernames.
We haven’t yet determined a date for when we still stop supporting ClientLogin with YouTube usernames and will provide additional details when we know more about when it will take place. However, if you use ClientLogin, it’s not too early to start encouraging your application’s users to start providing their Google Account email addresses instead of their YouTube usernames when logging in. If you have the ability to update your existing application’s user interface, we recommend doing so to indicate that the username field should take a Google Account email address. If you have any online help materials or technical support for your software, update them to ensure that users know to provide their Google Account email address.
Users who log in via the YouTube.com web interface, or who go through the AuthSub, OAuth 1, or OAuth 2 web authorization flows will soon be required to use their Google Account email address instead of their YouTube username as well. This web-based transition will take place well before we deprecate YouTube usernames for ClientLogin, and it should be transparent to developers since Google controls the user interface for these flows. For more information, see this
help center article
As mentioned, we’ll have a follow-up post in coming months with more details about exactly when we’ll stop supporting YouTube usernames with ClientLogin. That post will also communicate the exact error message that ClientLogin will return when a YouTube username is used.
We’d like to close with one more plea: ClientLogin is deprecated, and is technically inferior to OAuth 2 in a number of important ways. Our new Google APIs client libraries provide first-class OAuth 2 integration that developers can take advantage of in their new code, or back port to their existing code. You will be doing your users a service and making their accounts more secure by transitioning from ClientLogin to OAuth 2.
Update (June 2013)
: The change mentioned in this blog post is now in effect. Attempts to use ClientLogin with a YouTube username will result in
HTTP 403 Forbidden
in the response body.
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