Since the launch of Amazon Echo Show, a smart speaker with a built-in screen, users have been waiting to watch videos curated from YouTube. However, all that changed today when YouTube removed Echo Show support.
According to the statements published on The Verge, it looks like Amazon and Google are locking horns over how YouTube should work with Echo Show.
Here's what Amazon has to say about Google unexpectedly pulling YouTube support:
Google made a change today at around 3 pm. YouTube used to be available to our shared customers on Echo Show. As of this afternoon, Google has chosen to no longer make YouTube available on Echo Show, without explanation and without notification to customers. There is no technical reason for that decision, which is disappointing and hurts both of our customers.
And here's what Google has to say about the fiasco:
We’ve been in negotiations with Amazon for a long time, working towards an agreement that provides great experiences for customers on both platforms. Amazon’s implementation of YouTube on the Echo Show violates our terms of service, creating a broken user experience. We hope to be able to reach an agreement and resolve these issues soon.
To recall, this is not the first time when such dispute has taken place in tech town. Windows Mobile ran into trouble when Microsoft and Google had an issue with the YouTube app created for Windows Mobile. It resulted in Google blocking the app on Windows Mobile, and Microsoft had to resort to using the mobile version of YouTube on the browser.
Turns out that Google is not happy with how the Echo Show is curating content from YouTube. It has to do a lot with no show of YouTube's features such as subscribing to channels, automatic playback of next videos, and more.
Amazon and Google have got into many disputes before this, so Echo Show may have to wait for some time before regaining YouTube access. Stay tuned with us for more information on the issue.