Google pulls YouTube from the Amazon Echo Show

Is Google punishing Amazon for creating a real challenger to Google Assistant? Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa has been a breakout star for 2017, and has been found alongside Google Assistant in handsets like the HTC U11 and the Huawei Mate 9. Thanks to its integration with Amazon, shopping with Alexa is a breeze. Regardless of Google's motive, yesterday at around 3pm EDT, Google pulled YouTube support from the Amazon Echo Show. The latter is the smart speaker created by Amazon that comes with a 7-inch screen.

Amazon, as you might expect, was rather upset at the situation. In a statement, the company that invented the smart speaker, said that Google removed its streaming video service from the Echo Show without warning or explanation to owners of the device. Amazon added that "There is no technical reason for that decision, which is disappointing and hurts both of our customers."

For its part, Google said that Amazon's use of YouTube on the Amazon Echo Show "violates our terms of service, creating a broken user experience. We hope to be able to reach an agreement and resolve these issues soon."

If Alexa's success had nothing to do with Google's action, what could have set off Google? There is some speculation that Google was not pleased that the Echo Show failed to offer two features that are available on other implementations of YouTube. Those two are autoplay and the ability to subscribe to channels.


Considering that the Echo Show offered video news briefs, Amazon Video streams, and YouTube, the latter will be sorely missed by Echo Show owners. So it says right here that Amazon and Google will shake hands, resolve their differences, and YouTube will return to the first smart speaker to feature a screen. And we wouldn't be surprised to see this take place very soon. Until then, those sporting the device will receive a message that reads "Currently, Google is not supporting YouTube on Echo Show" whenever they try to access the video streamer.

source: TheVerge

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17 Comments

1. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

And the battle continues...

2. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Google did same with Windows Phones too. Nothing new for them.

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Google is probably using this to get Amazon to support and sell Chromecast Hopefully they reach an agreement

6. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Then why did they stopped supporting Windows devices?

9. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Because Windows is basically obsolete at this point?

10. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Don't think so. It only lacks app support and lack founder company support. Or else its fine.

11. IT-Engineer

Posts: 545; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

It all started after microsoft waged the famous SCROOGLED ads. And Google took action, so as much as i like microsoft and their products, they deserved it!

12. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Yup and after that Google started saying some Bs things like they want to build youtube with HTML5 support on WP devices.

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The same reason why Microsoft bring their apps to iOS and Android first instead of W10M Plus the SCROOGLED ads don't help

7. ha11t

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 27, 2017

Google is starting to become closed company and apple it starting to open up

3. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

EU, , over to u

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yea would be great if the EU could get Google and Amazon to play nice with each other (and Apple too) e.g. Force Google to allow YouTube on the Amazon Echo Show And force Amazon to support and sell Chromecast (and Apple TV)

14. lyndon420

Posts: 6790; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

The EU should mind their own business. I think companies/countries should be left alone to conduct business in a way that works best for them instead of others.

15. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

The EU like the UN are absentee parent powers, less and less want an antiquated power conglomeration.

8. jgates86

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

Kinda sucks now Amazon doesn't it? Kind of like when you removed casting from prime video app

13. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

Personally I think it's a move by Google to get support by Amazon for it's devices, They'll come to an agreement I bet.

17. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

not shocked. thats how google plays. If they can't beat you then they will let it go but if they can, they will till to f off.

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