Google Pulls Out YouTube Support From Amazon Echo Show

Amazon is Working on Smart Glasses That Supports AI Alexa

Amazon also announced the Echo Plus, aiming to make it easier for customers to install connected homes so they can command appliances by voice.

Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has apparently stopped supporting Amazon's Echo Show devices with its mega-popular YouTube app, in a rare public battle between the two tech giants.

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.

Limp made a point to say that "no apps, no skills" were needed to set up the light bulbs, and that the Echo Plus "works out of the box" as a smart home hub.

Amazon's statement makes it clear that there was no technical issue involved with the sudden disappearance of YouTube from the Echo Show. They seem to not want to play nice with each other due to the large competitive overlap of their products and services, and in some case it's resulted in a worse user experience for the end user.

Amazon said September 26 that Google had made a change that day at 3 p.m.

The Echo Show had displayed YouTube videos without integral features, from video recommendations to channel subscriptions. It was "disappointing", Amazon said, arguing that it hurts both companies' customers.




Amazon Echo Show users across the U.S. have been unable to access YouTube on their Echo Show. Taking away YouTube is a serious backward step for the Echo Show, which boasts video as one of its main selling points. The latter is the smart speaker created by Amazon that comes with a 7-inch screen.

Amazon Echo Show boasts some unique features that could easily differentiate itself from its predecessors.

It's being speculated that Google might not be too happy with how Amazon chose to integrate YouTube on the Echo Show.

"We hope to be able to reach an agreement and resolve these issues soon", the Google spokesperson told The Verge. I'm not saying there's any likelihood these things will happen, but one company pulling a plug could have seriously frustrating ramifications for users.

The Echo Show, which was launched in the U.S. at the end of June this year, was capable of playing videos from YouTube, but did not provide all of the video streaming service's features, such as video recommendations or the ability to subscribe to channels.

The Amazon Fire TV uses a web-based implementation instead of the official YouTube app.

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