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


Google explains that while Amazon uses YouTube on its devices, the retailer doesn't sell Google products like the Chromecast and Google Home, nor does it offer Prime Video for Google Cast users. This means that, come January, stupid TV feuds will exclude Amazon devices from piping in Google TV and vice versa.

Amazon responded in a statement, "Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website".

Both parties have said that they hope the matter will be resolved soon, but neither looks likely to budge. When Google first pulled YouTube from the Echo Show, Amazon got some measure of revenge by no longer selling the Nest E Thermostat, Nest's Camera IQ, and the Nest Secure alarm system. Now, it seems that Google will go as far as to remove its YouTube from all Amazon products by the end of the year.

Google says it will pull its YouTube video service from Amazon's Fire TV and Echo Show devices in a nasty fight between the big boys of consumer tech that leaves consumers in the crossfire.

It added that Amazon has stopped selling some products from Nest, a connected-device maker that is Google's sister firm under Alphabet.

In a statement, a YouTube spokesperson said: "We've been trying to reach agreement with Amazon to give customers access to each other's products and services".

The roots of the current dispute may go back to 2015 when Amazon chose to no longer stock the Google's popular Chromecast streaming devices. Google also claimed that Amazon's Prime Video lineup of shows and movies isn't available via the Chromecast.

The Chocolate Factory on Tuesday said it would be filing suit against the Bezos Bunch after it failed to cut a deal to allow its own streaming services to coexist with those of Amazon.

YouTube then returned to the Echo Show, but instead of being a fully fledged application, it was nothing more than the web version, which is optimized for a mouse and keyboard - not the Echo Show's voice-controlled interface.

The bickering between Google and Amazon has been going on several years as they have ratcheted up the competition with each other.