Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Google is Removing YouTube from the Amazon Echo Show and Fire TV

There’s between an open feud between Amazon and Google over the past few years. Amazon sells a line of Fire products with their own application store instead of opting for Google Play and they still aren’t allowing the sale of competing products such as the Google Home or the Chromecast on the Amazon marketplace. It seems this rivalry has only gotten worse lately as Google has officially confirmed it’s removing access to YouTube from the Amazon Echo Show and the Amazon Fire TV.

The issue with Amazon not letting Google sell the Chromecast and Google Home devices on their website has been going back for years. This is likely due to Amazon selling their own products which compete with Google in these areas. However, recently there’s been some dispute about certain Amazon devices using YouTube. We first learned about this back in September of this year when Google abruptly removed access to YouTube from the Amazon Echo Show.

At the time, Google said it was due to the company violating their terms of service and Amazon was upset because they didn’t get a warning of the removal ahead of time. Amazon went to work and created a new implementation of YouTube for the Echo Show but this merely resulted in the same actions being taken from Google yet again. This time, however, Google is taking things a step further as this relationship between Amazon and Google heats up.

So, not only did Google remove access to YouTube from the Amazon Echo Show this week, but they also said they’ll be doing the same to the Amazon Fire TV. A spokesperson from Google even gave us a reason this time and said “Amazon doesn’t carry Google products like Chromecast and Google Home, doesn’t make Prime Video available for Google Cast users, and last month stopped selling some of Nest’s latest products.” As a result, they have removed access to YouTube from the Amazon Echo Show and they will do the same to the Amazon Fire TV starting on January 1st. Google says they hope the two companies “can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon.”

Source: CNET

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