Google pulls YouTube from Amazon devices, escalating Silicon Valley feud

Google is withdrawing its popular YouTube app from Amazon's smart speaker and video streaming devices, marking the latest skirmish in a rare public battle between the tech titans that are increasingly butting heads over TV and gadgets.

In September, Google cut off YouTube from the Amazon Echo Show, which had displayed videos on its touchscreen without video recommendations, channel subscriptions and other features.

GOOGLE says it will block users from accessing YouTube on some of Amazon's best-selling devices... unless Amazon starts selling Google's products.

Amazon also has rankled Google by declining to sell an internet-connected thermostat made by Nest, which is owned by Alphabet Inc., like Google. And that's just what's happening in an ongoing dispute between Amazon and Google.

'But Amazon doesn't carry Google products like Chromecast and Google Home, doesn't make Prime Video available for Google Cast users, and last month stopped selling some of Nest's latest products.

Google and Amazon have already clashed over YouTube once this year. Variety reported that Amazon's latest implementation also had some terms-of-service issues, which were related to the way it used voice commands.

"We've been trying to reach agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other's products and services", a Google spokesperson told Engadget. As of Wednesday, Apple TV owners are finally able to add Amazon's Prime Video to their devices - about six months after Apple chief executive Tim Cook promised the service was on its way.

If you tried to watch YouTube on an Amazon Fire TV this week, you probably encountered a disconcerting message: "Starting on 1/1/2018, YouTube will not be available on this device".

Amazon has provided an official statement regarding the removal of YouTube support from the Echo Show and Fire TV. Lastly, Amazon also recently pulled some of Nest's products from its online store. Nest is Google's consumer-level home automation company, most notable for their smart thermostats, and has just introduced a new home security system, so Amazon's delisting came at the ideal time for maximum pettiness.

"Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website", Amazon said, according to Reuters.

The move is undoubtedly a huge blow for Amazon but we hope that the situation can eventually be resolved. Just to rub it in, these products are created to work with Alexa, Amazon's smart assistant. However, Google could change its mind if Amazon is willing to collaborate. A search for the Google Home via Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa instead surfaces Echo devices.

Amazon users have been greeted with a message letting them know they won't be able to access YouTube on their devices, effective January 1, 2018.

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