An Amazon spokesperson commented that "Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website". Here's hoping that both parties can come to some form of agreement 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.
THE LONG TERM feud that has been quietly been brewing between Google and Amazon spilt over last night as the search giant announced it would be removing its YouTube app from Amazon products.
A Google spokesman said in an emailed statement that the company has been trying to reach a reciprocal agreement with Amazon for products and services but has not done so.
YouTube finally reappeared on Echo Show in November, seemingly signalling that Google and Amazon had reached an agreement, but the app was actually a workaround created by Amazon that redirected users to the web version of YouTube.
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As for streaming TV alternatives, just about any other device will play YouTube. As you can imagine, Google likely wants to have YouTube on Amazon's services, since millions of people use them and Google is all about that reach.
Google and Amazon are in the middle of a very public fight where neither is the victor, but consumers are the real losers. The decision to block YouTube is in retaliation for Amazon's refusal to sell some Google products that compete with Amazon gadgets.
"Google and Amazon have been sparring for several months but the move by Google to pull YouTube off Amazon ecosystem devices may bring this issue to a head".
Google's own Home smart speaker is a direct rival to Amazon's Echo line of products. Google shares and Amazon shares both closed higher in Tuesday's U.S. trading session.
Google has pulled YouTube from Amazon's Echo Show and Fire TV in a dispute over carrying each other's products.