Just when we think the feud between Google and Amazon looked to be clearing up, the two giant companies are at it once again.
Just two weeks ago YouTube returned to the Amazon Echo Show after Google pulled the service in September when it cited a “broken user experience” compared to what is available online and in Google apps.
The solution provided by Amazon was mainly a case of having the Amazon Echo Show display YouTube as if it were on a desktop browser, which is not really ideal, but it looked like it makes everyone happy until Amazon develops a better solution.
That is not the case anymore. Google has again announced that it’s taken off YouTube from Echo Show. To make matter even worse, it is also pulling YouTube app support from the Amazon Fire TV. According to Google, Amazon did not respond with the same degree of goodwill.
A Google spokesperson said, “We have been trying to reach an agreement with Amazon to provide consumers access to each other’s products and services.” “But Amazon does not carry Google products like Google Home and Chromecast, does not make Prime Video available for Google Cast users, and stopped selling some of the Nest’s latest products last month. Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on both Echo Show and Fire TV. We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon and reach an agreement.”
YouTube app access has been pulled on Echo Show, but it won’t be pulled from Fire TV until January 1.
Losing YouTube on the Echo Show is going to pose inconvenience but losing it on the Fire TV, specifically made for streaming visual media will hurt even more.
But Amazon has spoken out about the Google pulling of YouTube from both the Echo Show and Fire TV. Amazon spokesperson said, “Echo Show and Fire TV now display a standard web view of YouTube.com and point customers directly to YouTube’s existing website. Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website. We hope to resolve this with Google as soon as possible.”
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