Google pulls YouTube from Amazon Fire TV, Echo Show

Alfred Osborne
December 6, 2017

"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.

Amazon is reportedly refusing to work with Google on creating an official YouTube experience for the Echo Show and Fire TV devices, and apparently wants to go it alone.

At the time, Google said Amazon's implementation of YouTube on the Echo Show violated its terms of service.

"We've been trying to reach agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other's products and services", the spokeswoman said in a statement.

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The rivalry between Google and Amazon has heated up as the search giant and online retailer have moved quickly into hardware and internet services. Whether Amazon and Google will make up soon is up in the air, so all we can do is hope and pray.

Between those difficulties and the fact that Amazon pulled some of Nest's recent products (including the new Thermostat E, Camera IQ and Nest Secure alarm system), Google doesn't seem inclined to let Amazon continue to run its "hacked" versions of YouTube on its devices, though our source says that Google would be much happier working directly with Amazon than forcing consumers to pick sides. Earlier this year Google pulled the YouTube app from the Echo Show.

As Google and Amazon are in an intensifying battle for the living room, they're also competing for enterprise users moving to the cloud. This is not the first time Google has pulled a YouTube app from an Amazon device. "We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues". By November, YouTube was available on the Echo Show again. Unfortunately, it looks like that version of YouTube is about to disappear from the Echo Show, too. Google also left the Fire TV off the list of streaming players to be supported by YouTube TV in what is likely a continuation of their fight with Amazon. Whether Amazon will buckle under the threat of lost support and cave in remains to be seen, though.

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