If you were one of the many who used the Google I/O 2012 app to stream the keynotes directly to your phone then it turns out that you were using a brand new YouTube API that, at the time, was unannounced. That’s right, if you were wondering why it was a much better experience from in that app rather than other apps, then there’s your answer. YouTube viewing in apps has never been a particularly pleasant experience with Flash based videos, laggy performance, and bad controls. Either that or you have to entirely leave your app and go to the YouTube app to watch it decently.
This is where the new API steps in and lends a hand. It will bring the full experience of the app, controls and smoothness and all, with it into the app that you’re in. In a nutshell, it means that you’ll be able to watch the YouTube video inside the app in the same way that you would in the specific YouTube app. This is something that’s been long-awaited and it’s great to see Google delivering on it. Especially in this age of video content. The new API will support phones, tablets, Google TV, and all the OS versions back to 2.2 Froyo. Google’s taking the strain off of developers with a very easy code and the ability to have monetized content. If you want to hear more about it then watch the video below. Are you glad to finally see this being integrated with Android? Make your thoughts heard in the comments!