Amazon vs. Google row leaves customers in the cold

Postado Dezembro 07, 2017

Google has announced plans to stop Amazon's Fire TV streaming devices using YouTube from the start of 2018, as a row between the two companies intensifies. Amazon's Prime Video platform has not been supported by Amazon on Google's Chromecast TV.

At the time, Google said Amazon's implementation of YouTube on the Echo Show violated its terms of service.

The stakes are high: many in the technology industry expect that interacting with computers by voice will become widespread, and it is unclear if Amazon, Google or another company will dominate the space. The last nail in the coffin was the fact that Amazon has stopped selling Nest devices a couple of months ago.

While the above paragraph might convey the facts from Google, we are guessing that YouTube ad revenue had something to do with it too. Google is miffed by the fact that it is losing ad revenue from Fire TV which was the best selling streaming device in U.S. and India. Amazon's decision of not selling the Google Chromecast and Apple TV (both of which have dedicated YouTube apps) has further strained the relation between Google and Amazon.

"Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website". Amazon on its part is trying to sort things out with Google.

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.

Amazon does not sell the Google Home smart speaker or its streaming device, Chromecast, because they directly compete with Amazon's own products, Amazon Echo and Amazon Fire TV Stick.