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Google pulls YouTube from Amazon devices as row between the tech giants escalates

Google will no longer support YouTube on Amazon's Echo Show and Fire TV
Amazon and Google both say they hope to resolve their dispute

Google said it would block its YouTube application from two Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) devices, escalating a row over the e-commerce giant’s refusal to sell its rival’s hardware.

Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) owned Google will stop Amazon’s Fire TV devices being able to use YouTube from the start of 2018.

It has also pulled YouTube from Echo Show, the screen-based version of Amazon’s smart speaker.

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

“Amazon doesn’t carry Google products like Chromecast and Google Home, doesn’t make (its) Prime Video available for Google Cast users, and last month stopped selling some of (our sister company) Nest’s latest products,” it said.

“Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and Fire TV.

“We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon.”

Amazon said in a statement that it believes Google is “setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website”.

It added that customers could access YouTube through the internet, rather than an app, on the devices while it works to resolve the dispute.

The two companies compete in a number of areas, including in cloud computing and in selling voice-controlled devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. 

Amazon’s voice-controlled gadgets have outsold Google’s so far, according to a study by research firm eMarketer from earlier this year.

In September, Google removed YouTube from the Amazon Echo Show before later reintroducing the video sharing application. Now Google has pulled YouTube again from the device as the voice control commands added violated the use terms. 

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