Google pulls YouTube from Amazon devices2017-12-06 14:32 by Daniela
Tags: YouTube, Amazon
Google has decided to block YouTube on all Echo Show and Fire TV units, part of an escalating feud between the two tech companies. The search giant put out a statement to explain why its cutting access, stating that Amazon's lack of reciprocity had lead to this decision.
Google's referring to the fact that Amazon doesn't sell the Chromecast and Google Home, doesn't make Prime Video available to Google Cast users, and stopped selling subsidiary Nest's products last month. Meanwhile, the e-commerce site thinks Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking access to an open site.
"Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and Fire TV," Google said. "We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon."
Back in September, Google blocked Amazon's Echo Show from displaying YouTube because of a then-mysterious violation of its terms of service. Users who tried to fire up YouTube on the touchscreen-enabled assistant would only hear Alexa explain, "Currently, Google is not supporting YouTube on Echo Show."
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