Google restricted access to YouTube on Amazon devices

Amazon has long ignored competing Google products, and now the hour of reckoning has come. The search giant has blocked the YouTube application for Echo Show smart speakers and Fire TV set-top boxes.

Google restricted access to YouTube on Amazon devices

Amazon has long ignored competing Google products, and now the hour of reckoning has come. The search giant has blocked the YouTube application for Echo Show smart speakers and Fire TV set-top boxes.

What happened?

Back in September, the Echo Show was denied access to YouTube, although the application was later returned back. Then Google said that the partner violated their terms of use - the client lacked subscriptions and other service functions (roughly the same wording was in 2013 when the application was locked for Windows Phone). The real reason was Amazon's reluctance to integrate with the Google ecosystem.

Back in 2015, Amazon rolled out the sales of its competitors, Fire TV, among which were the media players Chromecast and Nexus Player. Firm video service on demand Prime Video will soon appear on Apple TV, but the company does not hurry to announce support for Chromecast or devices based on Android TV. Google Home columns are also being ignored, and recently Amazon removed Nest products from its online store (another "daughter" of Alphabet).

According to representatives of Google, they tried to agree on access to products and services of each other. Apparently, the proposed conditions did not suit Amazon, but most of all in the confrontation of technological giants, ordinary users suffer.

Now what?

The YouTube application for Echo Show is already blocked, and Fire TV support ends on January 1, 2018. On Amazon devices you can still watch videos from the service, but only through the built-in web browser.

Source: Android Police

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