Google pulls YouTube access from Amazon products

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Google's statement pointed out that Amazon has refused to sell some of its own hardware devices, such as the Google Home speakers and Chromecast, and Amazon also does not support its Prime Video service for Google Cast devices. Now, Google is striking back even harder. "We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon". The matter became public back in September when Google pulled YouTube support for Amazon's Echo Show without warning, leaving those device owners without access to the popular video platform. "Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website", an Amazon spokeswoman said via email. In November, Amazon managed to add YouTube support back onto the Echo Show, but that it was a more basic web-based interface.

A couple of weeks ago, YouTube reappeared on the Amazon Echo Show and while it wasn't quite as nice as the version that got pulled by Google, it was still YouTube working on the Echo Show again.

A spokeswoman for Google recently talked with CNET and announced that YouTube would be disappearing from not only the Echo Show on January 1, but also all of Amazon's Fire TV devices.

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Right now, Google Home, the search giant's rival to the Amazon Echo, can't be bought on Amazon. These smart home devices compete with Amazon's increasing smart home lineup, though older Nest cameras and products from Nest are still listed on the shopping site. All things being equal, it stands to reason that the move will hurt Amazon a lot more than it will hurt Google.

While it would definitely be better for consumers if Google and Amazon worked together, it looks like it won't happen anytime soon. The first iteration of YouTube on the Echo Show missed some functionality - for example, an Echo Show user couldn't subscribe to channels or see related videos.

While YouTube is a key service on Echo Show, namely due to its huge number of recipe videos, Echo Show itself doesn't have the same level of popularity as Fire TV.

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