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Amazon and Google, Will You Two Figure This Shit Out Already?

Amazon and Google, Will You Two Figure This Shit Out Already?

With many consumers now buying streaming sticks and smart TVs with YouTube in mind, this new move by Google is likely to have a negative impact on the sales of the Echo Show and Fire TV this Christmas and beyond. In the statement, YouTube does say that it hopes "to resolve these issues soon".

Fire TV owners, I hope you don't enjoy watching much YouTube, because the app is about to disappear from your device.

A person familiar with Google's thinking on the matter told Engadget that the problem was Amazon implementing what was essentially a hacked version of YouTube on both the Echo Show and Fire TV. The power being thrown around by these two giants is the type of conduct that has some talking about the need to break them up by way of anti-trust action.

Google has been known to use its terms of service to make its competitors lives harder.

While the Amazon-Google relationship continues to sour, the Amazon-Apple relationship is on the mend: As of today, the Apple TV includes an Amazon Prime Video app, and the iOS version of the app has been updated to work with the iPhone X. However, the pair made up earlier this year, allowing the Prime Video app to make its iOS debut.

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These are two companies who usually have the upper hand on the negotiating table, and probably don't like the fact they have found their equal this time around.

Google released a statement saying its reason for blocking YouTube from the devices is because Amazon had stopped selling several of its hardware products.

Reports suggest that the latest feud between the companies is the result of Amazon's refusal to sell Google products on its website.

"We've been trying to reach agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other's products and services", a Google spokeswoman said. But on Tuesday, Google pulled YouTube access on the Amazon Echo Show again. "We hope to be able to reach an agreement and resolve these issues soon".

In response, Amazon said Google had set a "disappointing precedent". This shows that Google wants to impose its own rules on how YouTube is rendered on Amazon's devices, but that doesn't seem to imply that Google is seeking control.