Google announced Tuesday it stopped access to Amazon's Echo Show, and will start blocking YouTube on Fire TV media-streaming devices January 1. Amazon and Google are acting like a couple of teenagers. Alongside this, Amazon also refuses to carry Nest branded products, owned by Alphabet, Google's parent company, leaving the devices without Cast support.
The roots of the current dispute may go back to 2015 when Amazon chose to no longer stock the Google's popular Chromecast streaming devices.
Of course, Google is taking this quite personally and has blocked Amazon from implementing Alexa commands into its YouTube app due to a violation to the Ts & Cs. The latter is the smart speaker that features a 7-inch screen, and Google's streaming video site had proven to be quite popular on the Echo Show.
Google pulling YouTube app from Amazon Fire TV and Echo Show
THE LONG TERM feud that has been quietly been brewing between Google and Amazon spilt over last night as the search giant announced it would be removing its YouTube app from Amazon products.
While the Amazon-Google relationship continues to sour, the Amazon-Apple relationship is on the mend: As of today, the Apple TV includes an Amazon Prime Video app, and the iOS version of the app has been updated to work with the iPhone X. It's understandable that Google is frustrated by Amazon using its service but not selling its products, but pulling YouTube from Amazon's devices means that Google is making it harder to use YouTube on Amazon's hardware. Here's hoping that both parties can come to some form of agreement soon.
In its statement Google said: "We've been trying to reach agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other's products and services".
"Google and Amazon have been sparring for several months but the move by Google to pull YouTube off Amazon ecosystem devices may bring this issue to a head".
In response, Amazon said Google had set a "disappointing precedent". However, Google removed the video streaming service again on December 5.
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