Apparently Google is blocking YouTube from working on Amazon's smart speaker. Amazon claims that Google has pulled the YouTube platform off the Echo Show while Google insists that its terms of service on "user experience" have been violated.
The action removes access to the web's largest source of streaming video from a $230 device with a display that's used largely for watching streaming video. Although the companies have "been in negotiations", the Google spokesperson said, no agreement has been made.
Turns out there was a technical reason: Google didn't like the fact Amazon wasn't giving users the full YouTube experience, with things like autoplay and recommendations not features on the Echo Show. It was clearly not a technical glitch because Alexa told users that Google was now not supporting the feature. Both the Amazon Echo and Echo Connect will be available to pre-order starting today and goes on sale later this year. Amazon and Google square off in many areas, from cloud computing and online search, to selling voice-controlled gadgets like the Echo Show. Amazon is seemingly upset about it because they feel there isn't a technical reason as to why Google did this, and that they did so without an explanation to Amazon or a notification to their customers.
The Echo Show continued to play YouTube videos, but without all the usual functionality that accompanies them.
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It's possible that Google wants to see YouTube brought back to the Echo Show, but simply wants to deliver its own experience. YouTube is undoubtedly one of the most popular video sites of all, so many users probably accessed it from their Echo Show devices to watch videos ranging from music to cooking.
"We hope to be able to reach an agreement and resolve these issues soon", the Google spokesperson told The Verge. The question now is whether Amazon is finding it hard to implement the required YouTube features, or if it simply doesn't want to because of how it impacts the user experience on its device. Google's Chromecast is still not officially available to purchase from Amazon.
The Amazon Fire TV uses a web-based implementation instead of the official YouTube app.