Like Google, the Amazon statement ended with "hope" for a resolution soon.
Fire TV owners, I hope you don't enjoy watching much YouTube, because the app is about to disappear from your device. However, now the world's biggest tech titans are at war again as Google has once more pulled the YouTube app from not only the Echo Show, but also the Fire TV streaming device. The power being thrown around by these two giants is the type of conduct that has some talking about the need to break them up by way of anti-trust action. For its part, Amazon, through a spokeswoman, said that Alphabet's Google unit is "setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website". Users who tried to fire up YouTube on the touchscreen-enabled assistant would only hear Alexa explain, "Currently, Google is not supporting YouTube on Echo Show". Browsing YouTube on Amazon Fire TV displays a message that reads, "Starting on 2018-01-01, YouTube will not be available on this device".
The companies had clashed in September over the way Amazon used YouTube on its Echo Show - which Google claimed violated its terms of service.
Amazon made the decision to not sell Google devices in 2015, since the Chromecast didn't support Amazon Prime Video. In its own statement, Seattle-based Amazon said its gadgets now send users to the YouTube website, and the company hopes to resolve the dispute as soon as possible.
KitGuru Says: This isn't the first time that two or more companies have very publicly disputed the other, with customers essentially losing out, and unfortunately it isn't likely to be the last either.
"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.
Now, with the feud with Google, Amazon is making its intentions known: the retail giant is making no bones about its future and plans that include a takeover of the consumer reatail space.
YouTube blocked the Echo Show's work-around effective December 5.