Google vs Amazon: tech giant pulls YouTube from Amazon's Fire TV
The feud between Google and Amazon has reached a tipping point. The search engine giant has finally removed YouTube from Amazon's Echo and Fire TV stick. The company had declared to remove the service from January 1st.
Amazon's Fire TV and Echo AI speaker use Google's YouTube to offer video streaming services. The revenge action was taken by Google as Amazon stopped selling Google products on its online store. The e-commerce giant removed the listing of Google Home, Chromecast, and Nest from its global store in the last month.
In early December, Google announced its plans to remove the YouTube on Echo Show and Fire TV. However, users were hoping that the companies will reach an agreement to resolve the issue soon. A few weeks ago, Amazon again started selling some of the Google products on its online store.
Amazon has even reportedly filed a patent for YouTube competitor service. The name of the platform in the patent application reads, Amazon Tube. The application was first spotted by TV Answer Man. The description of the platform in a patent application suggests that the service will be similar to Google's YouTube. While it is unclear whether the e-commerce giant is building any such platform, the patent application certainly hints the future plan.
The patent application acted as another salvo in the ongoing dispute between Amazon and Google. But it seems like the talks between both the companies have deteriorated. Amazon again removed the listing of Google products from its online store on Friday. As a result, Google has pulled its YouTube streaming app from Amazon's Echo speakers and Fire TV stick.
Fire TV users can still access YouTube using the web browser. In an official statement, Amazon said, "YouTube and millions of other websites are accessible by using a web browser like Firefox or Silk on Fire TV."
- Rajat Kabade