Ars Technicom has been reporting on the rise of YouTube-powered streaming for a while now, and today it has an update on how that all works.
In the past year, YouTube has been releasing an API that allows its videos to be streamed in full to any device running Android or iOS.
And while that means you can stream your YouTube videos to Android and iOS devices simultaneously, it also means that if you’re watching a video on your phone, that video is also being displayed on the screen of a tablet.
The new API will be coming to Android this summer and will be able to handle up to four simultaneous streams per second, but that’s still not quite enough for many people.
Ars Technico has learned that the new API won’t support the full array of devices that Android TV will support.
Instead, it will only support streaming video to a single device at a time.
The API will also require that you sign up for an account with YouTube, which Ars Technican has confirmed is not required.
YouTube says that the API is still in the development phase, but it’s hoped that it will be available in the next few weeks.
ArsTechnica has reached out to Google for comment.