Google is taking YouTube out of Amazon's Echo Show and Fire TV devices because of the refusal of the online retailer to transport certain products from the search company.
When releasing YouTube support, Google said that its own products, Google Home and Chromecast, are not available for sale on Amazon. Last month, the e-commerce giant also stopped selling certain Nest products, a company under Google's primary alphabet.
" Given this lack of reciprocity, we no longer support YouTube on Echo Show and Fire TV." Google said in an email on Tuesday.
According to Bloomberg, Google disconnects YouTube for Echo Show on Tuesday and terminates Fire TV support on January 1.
So the enmity of Google with Amazon has just come to my living room. I have this screen when I launched YouTube on my Amazon Fire TV. pic.twitter.com/vtmcuBTtE9
– Cornell Ngare (@cngare_) December 5, 2017
In response, Amazon said, "Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking access to customers to an open website. "
Both companies hope to resolve the dispute soon. Meanwhile, Echo Show and Fire TV will implement an alternative solution that will display YouTube.com's web-based view, Amazon said.
The removal of YouTube represents the latest outbreak between the two companies over access to each other products. In September, Google briefly removed YouTube from the Echo Show, claiming that Amazon's implementation of the video streaming service offered a broken user experience.
One of Google's main concerns has been that Amazon is reportedly using a "pirated version" of YouTube that removes key features. Google prefers to stay to raise advertising revenue.
Amazon did not comment on why it does not offer certain Google products. But both Google Home and the Chromecast are direct competitors with Amazon's intelligent digital speakers and digital media players.
In the company's email on Tuesday, Google also complained that Amazon's Prime Video service is not available to Google Cast users.
the dispute will probably not sit well with consumers. Technology journalists are pointing out that users will not benefit from fights at all.
And the loser of this fight? It's not Amazon. Not Google.
It's you. https://t.co/E0KecumDmi
– Steve Kovach (@stevekovach) December 5, 2017
Google and Amazon are a group of children hurting their mutual customers https://t.co/dBOkass56s
– Tom Warren (@tomwarren) December 5, 2017