Google pulls YouTube from Amazon Echo Show, Fire TV

Rodiano Bonacci
Декабря 7, 2017

Google has chose to pull out YouTube from all Amazon devices.

"Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and Fire TV", Google said.

In a statement, Google said it had been "trying to reach agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other's products and services" but, "given the lack of reciprocity", had made a decision to no longer support YouTube on Echo Show or FireTV.

The stakes are high: many in the technology industry expect that interacting with computers by voice will become widespread, and it is unclear if Amazon, Google or another company will dominate the space. Amazon on its part is trying to sort things out with Google. They point out that Amazon does not have the Prime Video app for Google Chromecast devices and its website does not sell Google products like the Chromecast and Google Home. "We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon".

"Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website".

Amazon and Apple mended ties earlier this year when it was announced Prime Video would come to Apple TV. Not so with Google. Users will be unable to access a service that Amazon's devices had promised to deliver, while Amazon's refusal to even allow third-parties to sell certain Google products via its site makes it harder to find them at their lowest price. Google is miffed by the fact that it is losing ad revenue from Fire TV which was the best selling streaming device in USA and India.

Google stopped Amazon's Echo Show speakers playing YouTube videos in September.

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