Google pulling YouTube from Echo Show and Fire TV

YouTube is cutting access to Amazon's FireTV and Echo Show                  CNET

YouTube is cutting access to Amazon's FireTV and Echo Show CNET

Engadget notes that the design and features of the YouTube app on the Echo Show created a sticking point between the two tech giants. "But 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", a Google spokesperson said in an emailed statement. Last week though the YouTube app returned to the Echo show but Google didn't release that app it came from Amazon and Google didn't learn about it until they saw it in the press according to TechCrunch. "There is no technical reason for that decision, which is disappointing and hurts both of our customers", said Amazon in a statement obtained by The Verge. YouTube is also cutting access again today for a second time to Amazon's Echo Show video device.

This time though, the block hammer has been dropped over the Amazon retail empire's perceived lack support for Google's growing array of hardware. "We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues".

When Google took away YouTube from Echo Show devices in September, Amazon accused it of taking that action "without explanation", though Google for its part said that Amazon was violating its terms of use with the way YouTube was implemented on the Echo Show.

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As a result, the YouTube app won't work on the Echo Show from today, while the Fire TV will lose support from January 1st, unless there's a solution in the next couple of weeks. Recently, Amazon also stopped allowing owners of Roku devices to download an official Twitch app (although current users can continue to access that app).

While it would definitely be better for consumers if Google and Amazon worked together, it looks like it won't happen anytime soon.

While YouTube is a key service on Echo Show, namely due to its huge number of recipe videos, Echo Show itself doesn't have the same level of popularity as Fire TV. Whether or not things get resolved by the end of the year remains to be seen, though.

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