Google pulling YouTube app from Amazon Fire TV and Echo Show

Google Starts Blocking YouTube on Fire TV, Echo Show

Amazon Fire TV and Echo Show are losing YouTube as Google feud escalates

"We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon". Google's parent company Alphabet owns Nest Labs, maker of connected thermostats and security cameras, and Amazon doesn't sell those devices, as well.

YouTube was first removed from the Echo Show back in September, which Amazon sought to resolve by directing users hoping to use the site to its web version, rather than app. Google has now pulled the plug on the sneaky workaround, and will be removing YouTube from Fire TV from 1 January 2018.

Google is removing YouTube from the Fire TV streaming stick and the Echo Show smart home controller, as a spat between the search giant and Amazon continues.

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

Both Google and Amazon compete with each other in many areas including cloud computing and selling voice-controlled smart speakers like the Google Home and Amazon Echo Show. But YouTube also misses out on views from the very popular streaming devices - a sign of how bitter the feud has become. Amazon later added YouTube to the device, its voice commands for the service violated the terms of use.

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Google and Amazon are in the middle of a very public fight where neither is the victor, but consumers are the real losers.

Internet giants Amazon and Google have come to blows over the way in which they promote and acknowledge each other on their own platforms. Not all of them will play video from Amazon - though Apple TV just got Amazon's app Wednesday. Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and FireTV.

Google said it is pulling YouTube from some Amazon.com Inc. devices in retaliation for Amazon refusing to sell many Google products, escalating a battle between two tech titans as their businesses increasingly overlap.

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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