Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Technology | By Russell Knight

Google Pulls YouTube From Amazon Devices


Google said Amazon's retail website doesn't sell competing products like the Google Home smart speaker or Google's Chromecast streaming device.

"It should be about users of Google and Amazon, not Google and Amazon", a person familiar with Google's thinking told CNET. As of today, Google is pulling all YouTube apps from the Echo Show and the Fire TV. Not only has Google blocked the Echo Show from YouTube again, it has expanded the block to include Fire TV devices.

Google is using YouTube as leverage over Amazon to try and force the world's largest retailer to sell its Home smart speakers, Chromecasts and Nest products. It also notes that Amazon refuses to make Prime Video work on Chromecast devices. Or maybe they can use the newly added Amazon Silk web browser to load the YouTube site on Fire TV - a hack that we hear should work for the time being at least.

The move is the latest in the ongoing clash between Google and Amazon over their respective streaming media services. Since the initial YouTube squabble, Amazon has stopped listing some Nest products. Sans YouTube, Amazon looks to be banking on its in-house services and against the Chcolate Factory's built-in customer base.

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It's a classic example of two companies fighting very publicly at the expense of the customer. In apparent response, Amazon stopped selling some products by Nest (an Alphabet company like Google). YouTube users will no longer be able to watch their music videos, unboxing segments, cat clips, and other videos on Amazon devices.

Google blames Amazon for its decision, citing a lack of reciprocity.

Amazon said Google was "setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website", but said they hoped to resolve the dispute.

"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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Amazon and Apple have been in a similar brawl since 2015 stemming from the site kicking out the Apple TV from its listings.

Both companies should reach at an agreement and resolve these issues to avoid inconvenience to consumers.

At the launch of the original Echo in the United Kingdom, we were told that when it came to Google, the 'door is always open';, but it seems that both parties are refusing to compromise.

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