We mentioned yesterday that Tim W. from RIM had posted a great tutorial on how to create a simple YouTube Search Viewer. I have been having some fun digging through the source code for the simple yet useful app but it has been years since I coded anything in Java. The sample app makes use of the new Communications API in BlackBerry OS 6 so it only works on OS 6.0 devices which is a shame but really shows the work RIM put into adding APIs. The nice part is that this simple YouTube search and viewer app is less than a 30K download which kind of makes you wonder why it was not built into the 6.0 OS. The app lets you search for videos on YouTube and it will show the results with screenshots. You then just need to select a video and it will start playing in the media player. Nice and simple.
Either way Barrist pointed out in the comments that it would be nice if RIM would release the app to everybody. I decided to take up the torch and sign the app so that it can be used on any BlackBerry 6 device. I want to thank Tim for the hard work and I really hope some developer picks up the source code and uses this app to create a slick YouTube viewer or even better a Picasa app… 🙂
You can pick up the OTA download for the YouTube Viewer app at this link:
Let us know if you have any issues getting it working and if you have any plans to extend the app further. Personally I will now be trying to do something similar in WebWorks. 🙂