Google blocks Youtube on Amazon products in ongoing fight

Posted 06 December 2017 17:24 CET by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Google has blocked Youtube on several Amazon devices. The video service will no longer be available on the Amazon Echo Show and Fire TV. The move is part of an escalating fight between both technology giants.

Amazon doesn’t sell several Google products like Chromecast and Google Home. The shopping giant appears to keep out those products because they compete with its own products such as Fire TV and Prime Video.

“We’ve been trying to reach agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other’s products and services,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement to EnGadget. “We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon.”

Google previously pulled the Youtube app from the Echo Show, a smart speaker with a display. Nevertheless, Amazon found a way to make the video service working again by redirecting users to the web version of Youtube. Google now blocks this as well.

Amazon calls it a “disappointing precedent” that some users are blocked from the Youtube website. A spokesman of Amazon didn’t answer questions on why the online retailer doesn’t sell some of Google’s products.

Recently, Amazon also removed several products from Google’s company Nest from its store. The products, including a smart security camera and a smart thermostat don’t compete with any of Amazon’s products.


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