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Google pulls YouTube from Amazon devices over bitter spat with retail giant

Google pulls YouTube from Amazon devices over bitter spat with retail giant

In a move that echoes contract spats between television networks and cable providers, Google Inc. has announced that it will drop YouTube support for Amazon.com Inc.'s Fire TV and Echo Show media devices starting January 1.

The retail giant has long refused to stock Google's hardware products, such as its Chromecast streaming dongle and Google Home smart speaker, as they rival its own Amazon Fire Stick and Echo devices.

The latest twist in the saga is that Google is pulling YouTube from all Echo Show and Fire TV units.

Google claims that the way the Echo Show uses YouTube was in violation of its rules, and that it was unfair that Google was being forced to support Amazon when the online marketplace had stopped stocking its products.

Both companies said they hope to resolve the issue quickly.

Amazon said in a statement, "Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website". The move is a retaliation for Amazon refusing to sell Google's Chromecast and Google Home devices.

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The roots of the current dispute may go back to 2015 when Amazon made a decision to no longer stock the Google's popular Chromecast streaming devices. The latter is the smart speaker that features a 7-inch screen, and Google's streaming video site had proven to be quite popular on the Echo Show. But as Google ramps up its voice assistant game, and Amazon pushes ahead with Prime video, these two are just hurting their customers' experiences.

Between those difficulties and the fact that Amazon pulled some of Nest's recent products (including the new Thermostat E, Camera IQ and Nest Secure alarm system), Google doesn't seem inclined to let Amazon continue to run its "hacked" versions of YouTube on its devices, though our source says that Google would be much happier working directly with Amazon than forcing consumers to pick sides.

YouTube blocked the Echo Show's work-around effective December 5.

Will these two ever reach an agreement? And what if this gets worse and Google cuts off Nest from Alexa?

Google is pinning the blame on Amazon, and of course, Amazon has released a statement which points the finger the other direction.

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