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07 December 2017, 01:55 | Ricardo Garza
Google is pulling YouTube from Echo Show and Fire TV, as feud with Amazon continues
With many consumers now buying streaming sticks and smart TVs with YouTube in mind, this new move by Google is likely to have a negative impact on the sales of the Echo Show and Fire TV this Christmas and beyond.
"We've been trying to reach agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other's products and services", Google has been telling the press.
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. "We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon", the Google statement added.
In September, Google removed YouTube from the Amazon Echo Show before later reintroducing the video sharing application.
Amazon's Fire TV products run on the company's Fire OS, which is in turn a modification of Google's open-source Android platform.
In response, Amazon said Google had set a "disappointing precedent".
Google and Amazon have been in discussions for a long time to try and have a more mutually beneficial relationship, but it sounds like it hasn't been going well. But Amazon says that the company is being spiteful and was limiting what products were able to connect to Google's video service.
Both companies claim that they want to see the end to this feud, and yet neither one is attempting to compromise or progress towards such an ideal.
Further analysis of what might be the underlying issue points to the Amazon devices' use of voice controls. But as Google ramps up its voice assistant game, and Amazon pushes ahead with Prime video, these two are just hurting their customers' experiences.
Besides withholding Chromecast and the Home speaker from its store, Amazon has also rankled Google by declining to sell an internet-connected thermostat made by Nest, which is owned by Google parent Alphabet Inc. Those two features are autoplay and the ability to subscribe to channels.
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